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so here's my thinkin....

1. need a 4seater
2. don't care which brand.
3. 1500.00 is it for the purchase...mod $$ won't be around till summer.

current possibilities...

1. buy back my 4runner (87 stocker) since i know what works and what doesn't. possibly lock the rear and wheel it like that for a while.

2. 90's xj for around 1000.00 that i could build a bit. (tow points, skids or sliders, etc.)

3. 85 fj60 that blows my whole purchase budget @ $1500clams

4. 77 scout II w/ t19,d20,d44's,3",32's,lockrite(front), detroit(rear),winch,rollcage, dual battery. open top



obviously i'm leaning towards the scout, since its already well-built for the mild trails i'd take it on.

only problem is that the wheeling around here (san diego) is about an hour away. so the other three rigs as they sit would be a far better ride to the trail(good for keeping a VERY understanding wife/2 daughters happy) than the scout, but the scout would own the rest once there.

(oh, and no tow rig, i have to drive what i buy to the trail)

opinions? anyone commute to the trail in a older/locked/open rig?
this rig would be doing mild difficulty trials (sidewinder,bronco peak, ocotillo wells, truckhaven, glamis, etc.), as well as serving as a camping rig, so no major mods are needed right now,

but if the scout isn't too bad on the road, i could easily fit the 4 of us, camping gear AND do some tougher trails.

i dunno...i get the cash to buy in a week, so i'll post up what i get. skool me in the meantime. :D
 

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here's my old 4runner that i could buy back from the friend who bought it.

i sold the snorkel, ARB bar and winch seperately, so it would look basically stock, with the exception of some nice 30" muds on it.

oh yeah. the rig has to be able to mount our expedition tent as seen. :)


what i like about this rig is that i've gone over it pretty well and know that even with 240k on it, it still runs like a clock...no issues at all.
 

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cruiser, havin four seats isn't fun with only two doors. plus cruiser already has good bits underneath and proven durability.
 

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Hmmmmm.... hard choice actually.

4runner is nice cause you know the history, dependable, great aftermarket support. But the IFS is a drawback and I wonder if you would ever get around to a SAS on it.:flipoff2:

XJ is an excellent choice. I agree with fcfred that the 4 doors will be better for you especially with the little ones. My kids are teens and it is difficult for any of us to get into the back seat of my 4runner when the top is on. 4.0 has nice power. Solid axle front stock, lift kits are plentifull and pretty much a bolt on.

FJ60, don't know much about them. Seems like a good platform, maybe a little bit big but that may be nice for the family.

Scout is tempting especially because it is already somewhat built. Not sure how hard it would be to find a top for it and how to mount the tent but I guess if you can mount the tent to the 4runner you should be able to get it on the Scout.

No clear winner for me. Gonna need to kick the tires and light the fires.
 

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I'd buy back your runner if you are planning on sticking to mild trails. Knowing the history is a BIG plus. 2nd choice would be the land cruiser if it's solid.
 

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Sorry for the hijack, nothing to add for you :grinpimp:

no worries...like donald said, i do this sh1t every 6months...lol.:flipoff2:

its called a "maggiolina" model made by autohome. its built like a tank, but only weighs 150lbs.:smokin:

here's a pm i just sent, pretty much my take...

hey corey,

i've had it for about five years, and i can say its one comfy, tough, weatherproof tent. only weighs 150lbs too. and yes, its very easy to use. it has three latches (two front, one rear) and uses a simple, detachable hand crank to extend scissor "extenders" that raise the top half.

had it up in glacier national park last time out and it took gale force winds, driving rain, etc, with no problems. all you experience is a buffeting noise and the trucks springs rocking.(puts you to sleep )

we got a bit of a deal, since ours got stuck in customs for TOO long when we bought it. paid about $1000.00. we think he took off at least 4-500 bucks, if not more.

so they're not cheap by any means. but after several trips and 5 years, we have no need for ANY repairs or a replacement. i don't know if you can say that about other expedition tents.

didn't mention it above, other than being comfy, but the matress supplied is very, very nice. its about
4-5" thick and you can store it, lots of covers, pillows, the exendable ladder and a few "night clothes" (sweater, jacket, etc).


hope that helps...its a chunk of change, but a very good investment.
 

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Hmmmmm.... hard choice actually.

4runner is nice cause you know the history, dependable, great aftermarket support. But the IFS is a drawback and I wonder if you would ever get around to a SAS on it.:flipoff2:

XJ is an excellent choice. I agree with fcfred that the 4 doors will be better for you especially with the little ones. My kids are teens and it is difficult for any of us to get into the back seat of my 4runner when the top is on. 4.0 has nice power. Solid axle front stock, lift kits are plentifull and pretty much a bolt on.

FJ60, don't know much about them. Seems like a good platform, maybe a little bit big but that may be nice for the family.

Scout is tempting especially because it is already somewhat built. Not sure how hard it would be to find a top for it and how to mount the tent but I guess if you can mount the tent to the 4runner you should be able to get it on the Scout.

No clear winner for me. Gonna need to kick the tires and light the fires.
thanks donald, this is what i'm thinking, too. xj's are nice. and having a happy wife and happy babies is VERY important..lol :)
 

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Thanks for the tent info.

After thinking about your ideas - I would go with the 'runner 1st, Scout 2nd. :D
 

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I'd find a nice XJ too. My g/f's wheels 100X beter than my ranger and is prettty comfy.(happy wife) Parts are cheap(happy wife) and very plentiful.

I think my next wheeling rig will be an XJ, only thing I dont like is the unit bearing hubs.
 

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well, i checked out the scout. not for me.


if i had wheeling available within a 20min drive...great! but its not a freeway rig and i don't want to trailer or tow it everywhere.
 

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I would go for the cruiser. Your tent will work. (PM me tent info too, I am looking for something like that)
And it wouldn't need much to be ready to wheel.
The family will like it and you can still carry plenty of gear and it could even tow a little bit. And I think that it would hold its value the best.
The last choice would be the heep.
 

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This just needed repeating.

PICK A FAWKING RIG AND STICK WITH IT!!!11!1

As if i needed to say it... buy back the 4runner.
 
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