Originally Posted by Cj5carlton
What kind of crawler are you wanting to build your going to haves 1000s just in axles and suspension!!!!
Yep, totally open ended money pit.
And as usual for anything Jeep, you need to decide exactly how you want to use the Jeep and then make a definative plan. A hard core rock crawling build will be wasting a LOT of money if its use is just moderately difficult wheeling.
Another big factor is your skill set. If you have a decent 4x4 shop do all the work, the cost will exponentially higher. My advice? If you don't have a welder, you should invest in one and learn how to use it if you don't already know that. Then start reading up on axles, transmissions, transfercases and not least, engines. Novak's site is a good starting point for that. You really don't need to go totally gonzo to build a very capable rig. Again, it's back to what the intended use will be.