So i've only really been off-roading once, in Barstow to test my school's SAE baja car, but ever since then, I've been hooked with the entire concept. Once I get my degree, I'm planning on selling my 5 lug and getting a slightly older V6 4x4 2nd gen.
Now the dilemma. I'd love to long travel the truck, but its super expensive and i don't like the idea of my daily driver being my primary offroad vehicle (damages)
My other option is either lifting or doing a mid travel on the truck and buying a buggy of some sort to mess with and have as my primary off roader. I know the second option is probably as/more expensive than the first, but at least i wont have to worry about wrecking my daily driver and I'd be alot more comfortable tinkering with a $3000 fixer upper buggy than with a $20,000 truck. (I'd be lifting/mid-traveling the truck just to be able to tow the buggy around in the desert)
I'm also wondering if you can even build a baja bug/manx, that would be as much fun as a long travel tacoma? and how much does that generally cost? Any input about that would be great too
I know its a bit early to be thinking about this as i still have at least 2 years before i graduate, but my curiosity got the best of me