@vtjohn sure thing, brother. Looking forward to browsing the forum for ideas on improvements. I dig your Jeep.
@jimrjim I think mine was in decent condition for the year, a '98 with just about 110,000 miles and no real mechanical issues. I had to get a new top as well, and I am looking at 33" BFG's, wheels, a new lift/shocks, and a regear as my next mods. I hear you on increasing value, and since my initial post on this thread, I've become much more open to the idea that this will be a time-consuming process, but also that it will be rewarding. The Jeep is just too much fun to drive and I find that I don't miss the Honda Element much, if at all.
@powellst Sorry for the delay in replying to your PM. I have not been on the forum much and I'm still learning to navigate the site. I'll be sending a message your way here in the next few minutes.