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Old 12-09-2009
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project "cheap" wheeler?

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so the ranger i have right now is my first vehicle, which was purchased by my father. he doesn't really want me to modify it because i can't really afford it and it runs perfectly fine and serves its purpose. so i asked him if he would let me get a truck to use for wheeling, and he said if i pay insurance on it and i have a job, and also have a 3.0 gpa, i can do it. so my idea is to find a first gen 4x4 and try to go as cheap as possible, sometimes i see them on c-list for as low as 400 bucks. i want to find one like that, and then find some used super swampers on some cheap wheels. the only other things i would do is build a bumper in my welding class, buy a cheap winch for it, and install leveling coils and figure out some "flexier" leafs for the rear. how much do you guys think this would cost total? and do you think i could get some decent flex with my plan? i know i won't need a really tall truck to take it through the trails around here, just able to go on some slick mud. any ideas to help would be great, and keep a low budget on mind
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Why not jujst save your money and then buy the truck you currently have from your dad? Or just save your money and buy off-road parts as stock ones need replacing over time, ie shocks and tires.
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Why not jujst save your money and then buy the truck you currently have from your dad? Or just save your money and buy off-road parts as stock ones need replacing over time, ie shocks and tires.
well for one thing, i wouldnt buy my truck from my dad because that would cost way more than a different rig, another thing is that im not going to tear up a perfectly good truck, thats just stupidty, and logging roads destroy and wear truck out, so im not doing that to my truck. thanks for the ideas, but i already deiscussed this with my dad and this is what we came to
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well if u wanted to drive all the way down here...

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1989 Ranger extra cab 4X
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ok... not sure what your budget is, but lets price this out

500 for a truck
500 for wheels and tires
100 for bumpers
100 for leveling coils (unless you found some used from a friend or something)
100-150 for a winch
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1400-1450 for a "used trail truck"

and thats being "cheap"
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ok... not sure what your budget is, but lets price this out

500 for a truck
500 for wheels and tires
100 for bumpers
100 for leveling coils (unless you found some used from a friend or something)
100-150 for a winch
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1400-1450 for a "used trail truck"

and thats being "cheap"
ok lets modify that to what i have seen and priced out

500 for truck
300 wheels/ tires
free for bumper
100 for coils
100-150 winch, unless i just use a come-along

now i have it down to 1000 bucks

but hey you have to understand, im a poor highschooler, how am i supposed to have a fully built trail rig?
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so if its just a trail rig you need to fully remove the fenders and bedsides or cut the living **** outta them!!! a sawzall will be your new best friend!!!
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so if its just a trail rig you need to fully remove the fenders and bedsides or cut the living **** outta them!!! a sawzall will be your new best friend!!!
exactly!!! its sounds fun but it is also sad to cut up a beloved ranger

ah screw it, it would totaly be worth it, but since you are from washington, you know how tight our trails and stuff are due to a sh!tload of tall living pieces of fiber called trees lol
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YEZZER!! i cut the life outta my 96... i can fit 37s with only 6 inches of lift!! low center of gravity is the key to success for any wheeler, and especially because we have so many hill and off camber decents that increase the chance of rollover. the lower to the ground the better!
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ok lets modify that to what i have seen and priced out

500 for truck
300 wheels/ tires
free for bumper
100 for coils
100-150 winch, unless i just use a come-along

now i have it down to 1000 bucks

but hey you have to understand, im a poor highschooler, how am i supposed to have a fully built trail rig?
just wasnt sure if you knew how much it would be lol.. i wasnt trying to be a d*ck or anything.. haha.. i'd love to found some used swampers around here for 300 bucks... around here they are at least 650+

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exactly!!! its sounds fun but it is also sad to cut up a beloved ranger

ah screw it, it would totaly be worth it, but since you are from washington, you know how tight our trails and stuff are due to a sh!tload of tall living pieces of fiber called trees lol
and i know all about tight trails. thats all we got around here, hell today a friend and i were playing bumper cars with the trees in his s10 getting firewood.
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^lol atleast it was an s10 playing bumper cars
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^lol atleast it was an s10 playing bumper cars
yup and the s10 has been rolled, cracked windshield, dented doors, dented fenders etc.. so a little rubbing on the trees aint gonna hurt it.. i should get some pics of it haha.. it squished the cab on the passenger side a little bit so the doors are a little "sticky" haha..but whatever.. its strictly a bush truck.
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take it from me.. DON'T modify your daily driver, it gets out of hand way too easily. ha
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take it from me.. DON'T modify your daily driver, it gets out of hand way too easily. ha
Its easy to overthink it also.

First step is get a running truck.

Second step is to run it.

Everything else that is needed will reveal itself sooner or later.

BronciII's are relativley inexpensive. You might look into those.
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what kind of wheeling are you doing?

If its just logging roads I say buy a 4x4 (anything just about) put some 31-33 inch tires on it and wheel it.

As you wheel you will find out what kind of little things you want to add
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exactly, you last few guys understand what i mean about a truck to just use for fun to not tear up my truck. it might happen eventually. but we will see the financial status at the beginning of the year. anyone got pics of older ranger wheelers with 31 to 32 inch swampers? or bronco II

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JEEZ!!! i wish a had an extra 2 grand laying around! this is a pretty good lookin deal!

1990 Bronco II/2, LIFTED 6", 33" TSL's
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^lol atleast it was an s10 playing bumper cars
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haha
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for 2K heres a way nicer one

87 Ford Bronco II 4" Lift 33"BFG Tires $2000

even comes with a 302 and an 8.8 rear to throw in and 2 doors 2 cut up into half doors. I would bet you could talk him down on price as well.

of there is this bad boy for $1000

http://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/cto/1493467859.html
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for 2K heres a way nicer one

87 Ford Bronco II 4" Lift 33"BFG Tires $2000

even comes with a 302 and an 8.8 rear to throw in and 2 doors 2 cut up into half doors. I would bet you could talk him down on price as well.

of there is this bad boy for $1000

85 ford bronco 2
thanks man, nice finds, but i would like a ranger if i can find one, then i can use it for firewood and stuff like that also
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exactly, you last few guys understand what i mean about a truck to just use for fun to not tear up my truck. it might happen eventually. but we will see the financial status at the beginning of the year. anyone got pics of older ranger wheelers with 31 to 32 inch swampers? or bronco II

thanks
4 years ago i never intending for my truck to end up like it did.. but **** happens
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4 years ago i never intending for my truck to end up like it did.. but **** happens
haha yeah i hear ya lol.
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here is my 85 bronco II with a 3" body lift and 31" tires... i know its a little beat up Name:  0528091922-00.jpg
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i dont mean to sound mean in any way shape or form but what if you just build it in stages. maybe lift it first, come up with some money, then maybe get yourself a nice winch, come up with some more money, put some new rubber on it instead of used. (not that buying used is a bad thing but usually when somebody sells tires for 300 bucks means there is probably no tread left on them) but tell me how it goes! also check out summit racing, they got some good stuff on there, tires and all and they have pretty quick shipping.
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