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What trail only rig would you chose? If you had to do it again-or for the first time...

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by stealthmode, Feb 12, 2020.

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Whats rig of choice?

  1. Jeep Cherokee (prior to 2000s)

    6 vote(s)
    8.0%
  2. Jeep XJ

    15 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Ford Bronco II

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  4. Ford Ranger (solid front axle)

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  5. Taco Sauce Only

    48 vote(s)
    64.0%
  6. Jeep Grand Cherokee

    2 vote(s)
    2.7%
  1. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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    stealthmode

    stealthmode [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking for your experience, stories, and advice on rigs you've used on the trails. This would be my first, trail only vehicle I've owned and plan on towing it to and from on a trailer. No more daily driver mishaps lol.
    So far I'm leaning towards the ones that are most readily available on the cheap to begin. Sorry that excludes most Yota product :bananadead: but look to my fellow TW bros for some more inspiration and ideas.

    I'm looking for untouched and "stock-ish" hopefully. From what I've seen, there are Jeeps galore (YJ, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee (little on the heavy side) ), and a few randoms which I would consider also like the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco II (hopefully find one with the Dana 35 front axle). I like both Jeep and Fords for their availability of parts and aftermarket support.

    Edit: Typo on the XJ, I meant YJ. How do I change the poll? lol

    A couple of considerations:
    aftermarket support (cheap or $$$?)
    extra parts from the yard
    cargo room (for gear and tools)
    Towable, GVWR within Taco capability with the trailer.
     
  2. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:14 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

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    What kind of trails?

    Your skill at field fixes?

    Is this to go from and to a base camp or have longer offroad runs?
     
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  3. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:16 PM
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    Gunshot-6A

    Gunshot-6A West Coast Randy

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    Ranger. Because LT stuff for them is stupid cheap and plentiful compared to tacomas.
     
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  4. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:45 PM
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    Good question @Gunshot-6A .

    Trails: mountainous terrain, rocks, mud, tight trails, the odd shallow river crossing

    Fixes: comfortable doing most things

    Is this to go from and to a base camp or have longer offroad runs? Not sure yet....I have never ventured too far because I have always used my daily driver and been paranoid of breaking shit.
     
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  5. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    stealthmode

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    "LT stuff??" :confused:
     
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  6. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    You quoted the wrong guy. But I approve of your answers.

    honestly, you could go on a longer run TO base camp, then short trips from there.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2020 at 12:47 PM
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    Good answers.

    Older Tacoma (pre 1st gen) or a Ford Ranger would be on my shopping list.
     
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  9. Feb 12, 2020 at 3:24 PM
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    I'd probably still have my 1st gen 4Runner.

    A good 80 series wouldn't suck, either.

    My 1st gen Doublecab does pretty nicely as a dedicated trail truck, though. Modern enough to have some creature comforts like A/C, but old enough that I don't give a shit about the paint.
     
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  10. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:27 PM
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    I wouldnt be opposed to that. No matter what I end up finding I'm going to start off simple but effective - my idea anyways :burp:. Minor lift with locker, good recovery gear. Good tires.
     
  11. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:29 PM
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    Did any of those have IFS?
     
  12. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:31 PM
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    There is a dirt cheap 400 buck bronco 2 for sale right now. Missing a rear drive shaft but otherwise good 2 go. I'm very tempted.
    The solid axle rangers are a bit more rare also.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:33 PM
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    That's a good point. Much better trails also I'd imagine too further out
     
  14. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:43 PM
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    If I was doing a trail toy today, personally I’d look at 2005/6 Jeep LJs. Better wheelbase than the TJ, parts are plentiful, the 4.0 is damn near bombproof, easy to add a full cage if you like rocks, AOA/AOD/BO is all pretty good even stock.

    Downside prices are still a bit high on them.
     
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    Tintop Sami or lb Sami.
     
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    Anything I could SAS (if not already solid axle).
     
  17. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:50 PM
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    Trail only and trailered everywhere? A side by side is the best choice.
     
  18. Feb 12, 2020 at 7:51 PM
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    Ever since seeing someone wheel the crap out of a crew cab long bed chevy (and do very well with it), I think I would have 2 requirements:

    1) reliable
    2) cheap to buy parts for

    Other than that, its all in how you modify it and it would depend on where I was wheeling.

    All that said, I think I'd pick up a CUCV.
     
  19. Feb 12, 2020 at 9:03 PM
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  20. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:49 AM
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    All of the ones I've owned were IFS. My 4runner was an '86, so the 1st year of the IFS.

    My trucks were always daily drivers, and even with my tacoma being a dedicated trail truck now, I still prefer IFS. I don't do dedicated rock crawling. The terrain I like is more varied. Maybe one day I'll SAS the taco, but for now I'm happy with a mid travel IFS setup.
     

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