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Old 01-11-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Keep my jeep? Or sell and build MY OWN.

I unfortunately bought my jeep already built up with a lift and tires and it kind of makes me sad because I would love to do it how I want it and not the last owner.

Here's the options: I bought the tj for Pretty cheap, the kid didn't even know what to ask for on it and his dad pretty much forced him to sell it, so let's just say I got a great deal.
I could sell this jeep in a year or so for alot more than I bought it for (I'm hoping, from what I can tell I definitely could. Kelly Blue book says so also) and I could go out and try to find a stock tj and build it up with the remaining money to what I want. Then it'll be my own jeep. I'm talking Dana 44s with lockers and lift and tires and such. My Dana 35 and 30 make me uneasy now.
I just wish I could have the satisfaction of my own jeep!

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hum... having the satisfaction of building your own jeep the way you like it is a great pleasure, however having one already built just means you can hit the trails sooner. I bought my jeep stock, and added tires on it so far, alpine speakers. Its my jeep and i like adding things to it, but i would trade it for a built jeep anyday. You could always just add more to the jeep you already own, that way it becomes more geared toward you and not the orginial owner. Also because you know the sounds, squeaks, and creeks of your current jeep you would trust it more to get you from point a to point b. I would keep the built jeep and add to it... but thats just me

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:45 PM   #3
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If you are already thinking about it, it means you already know the answer. I always buy my own and build it the way I want. Satisfaction. YMMV
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hum... having the satisfaction of building your own jeep the way you like it is a great pleasure, however having one already built just means you can hit the trails sooner. I bought my jeep stock, and added tires on it so far, alpine speakers. Its my jeep and i like adding things to it, but i would trade it for a built jeep anyday. You could always just add more to the jeep you already own, that way it becomes more geared toward you and not the orginial owner. Also because you know the sounds, squeaks, and creeks of your current jeep you would trust it more to get you from point a to point b. I would keep the built jeep and add to it... but thats just me
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Urg haha such a hard choice. Thanks for the opinions
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I just know I could find a cheap stock tj and use the great sum of money left over to add to it
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I just know I could find a cheap stock tj and use the great sum of money left over to add to it
But would it be as great as your jeep you currently own? Instead of selling your jeep and putting the money to mod a stock jeep, you can save up and add dana 44s, sense you already have the tires and lift.

But nothing beats the satification of building your own. Just have no regrets, sayin stuff like "damn, my other jeep woulda made it past that" would suck!
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But would it be as great as your jeep you currently own? Instead of selling your jeep and putting the money to mod a stock jeep, you can save up and add dana 44s, sense you already have the tires and lift.

But nothing beats the satification of building your own. Just have no regrets, sayin stuff like "damn, my other jeep woulda made it past that" would suck!
Yeah I guess so but I want a long arm lift which would be alot nicer than my pro comp one... And 35s opposed to 33s and Dana 44 idk haha
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so why dont you take the jeep you have install the parts you want sell the lift on it gets some money back on this whole deal and you will have the jeep you wanted built the way you wanted and even got some return from the old parts. just my $.2
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I got my jeep stock and have done a ton of work on it and wouldn't have it any other way. I am in the process of building an 8.8 ford axle for the rear. but remember. when you are doing your numbers on paper, it is almost always gonna cost more to actually do it. I have found that after lift, tires, bumpers, and many other mods, that how much you think it's gonna cost and how long you think it's gonna take are usually much lower than actual. but then again that's just my experience you can end up lucky and it work out fine. Just be ready for all the nickel and dime stuff
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so why dont you take the jeep you have install the parts you want sell the lift on it gets some money back on this whole deal and you will have the jeep you wanted built the way you wanted and even got some return from the old parts. just my $.2
The main reason I would sell it is to make money off the sell cause I bought it way underpriced and can sell it for alot more. But that's true
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I got my jeep stock and have done a ton of work on it and wouldn't have it any other way. I am in the process of building an 8.8 ford axle for the rear. but remember. when you are doing your numbers on paper, it is almost always gonna cost more to actually do it. I have found that after lift, tires, bumpers, and many other mods, that how much you think it's gonna cost and how long you think it's gonna take are usually much lower than actual. but then again that's just my experience you can end up lucky and it work out fine. Just be ready for all the nickel and dime stuff
Yeah haha I was thinking about that too. Good luck with the 8.8!
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I say just build on what you got. It's a good starting ground if you ask me. I loved building my jeep up, but I wouldn't mind already having some mods done before hand. Who says you still can't build your own jeep with what ya got. Just think of it as going into a knife fight with a gun.
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Yeah haha I was thinking about that too. Good luck with the 8.8!
Thanks! Good luck with what ever you decide to do!
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I say if you have the money to build your new jeep up to at least what you have on the current jeep, go for it! No one ever fantasizes the experience of sitting in a mechanics office waiting for some stranger to mod their jeep.
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The main reason I would sell it is to make money off the sell cause I bought it way underpriced and can sell it for alot more. But that's true
The question is are you going to be able to find another steal to actually make money on the deal...or are you just going to get enough out of yours to buy another stock Jeep?

I'd build what you have. You've got a good starting point...no sense going backwards just to throw a couple grand back into it to get back to the same point.
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so why dont you take the jeep you have install the parts you want sell the lift on it gets some money back on this whole deal and you will have the jeep you wanted built the way you wanted and even got some return from the old parts. just my $.2
I agree, take some of the parts off of your current jeep that you dont like and sell them..use the money to get parts you do like ;]
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Hmmm I guess y'all are right haha I do love my current jeep
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Hmmm I guess y'all are right haha I do love my current jeep
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Haha and it only has 55k miles on it!
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55k miles? Nice. I bought mine a few months ago ('03 with 57k miles) and I found several jeeps that were already lifted but I had to remind myself that part of the reason i was buying one was so that I could do the mods and learn a lot. I love my jeep -it's stock and I'm about to do a lot to it. But I agree with these other guys, if I had one that was already lifted I would just make more changes to make it exactly what I want. Good luck.
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55k miles? Nice. I bought mine a few months ago ('03 with 57k miles) and I found several jeeps that were already lifted but I had to remind myself that part of the reason i was buying one was so that I could do the mods and learn a lot. I love my jeep -it's stock and I'm about to do a lot to it. But I agree with these other guys, if I had one that was already lifted I would just make more changes to make it exactly what I want. Good luck.
Congrats on the buy! And yeah.. I only would If I could make money off the deal
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Keep what you've got! If you're gonna make money by selling it to someone else you might as well just take that money you would make and dump it into the jeep right now! You're already ahead of the game because you saved money when you bought the thing
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Keep what you've got! If you're gonna make money by selling it to someone else you might as well just take that money you would make and dump it into the jeep right now! You're already ahead of the game because you saved money when you bought the thing
True true! Think i could find some Dana 44s at the chrysler junkyard near my house? Haha that'd be great

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