LarryB

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$31.2k to buy (plus tax and title), plus ~$2k for the soft top, $1k for the rails, and another $300 for interior stuff like phone mount, interior organizers, grab handles, and entry guards leaves me around $34.5k which is still less than the sticker price of $37,200.

Seeing some of your mod lists and costs is insane to me, even for very enthusiastic hobbyists. Makes track work and mods for performance cars look cheap. For $80k I'd rather be in a Land Rover.
I am in the same boat. About 2K in mods (namely better tires and LED headlights). I can climb some pretty serious hills as it is.

For the most part, the majority of mods offer little return for a couple of reasons. First, almost noone wants your exact setup, so they are not willing to pay anything close to what you paid. The more important reason is if you put that many off-road mods into a Jeep, you likely beat the snot out of it.
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BagPipesActual

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I have $10,000 in parts either in my house or already ordered for a JL that hasn’t even been built yet. 🙄
Lol, I'm trying very hard not to be in the same boat. I keep telling myself to at least wait until I get it. I just got my VIn # today and im already ordering control arms for the steering issues this forum has convinced me I will have and I can almost see myself airing the tires down from 50psi to 32psi on the lot.
 

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Lol, I'm trying very hard not to be in the same boat. I keep telling myself to at least wait until I get it. I just got my VIn # today and im already ordering control arms for the steering issues this forum has convinced me I will have and I can almost see myself airing the tires down from 50psi to 32psi on the lot.
Oh man I forgot all about the tire pressures. I already know I am going to pop the fuse box cover and make sure they are all seated.
 

BagPipesActual

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Oh man I forgot all about the tire pressures. I already know I am going to pop the fuse box cover and make sure they are all seated.
Yes, I almost forgot about the fuses.

I probably dropped 6 grand into my 2014 Sahara and if I'm being honest Id probably have done all of that differently. My first jeep and I learned, how I learn most things, the hard way. Ive sworn a blood oath to pay for only quality parts and Ive also learned that I need to learn to wrench on some things myself as labor for mods basically doubles the cost. Ive also learned on this forum that the build can be as fun as the jeeping itself and very satisfying when you do it yourself. Same thing a lot of gun guys learn about reloading I suppose. Im committed to trying to enjoy the Rubi stock..ish for a year and upping my wrenching game.
 

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Yes, I almost forgot about the fuses.

I probably dropped 6 grand into my 2014 Sahara and if I'm being honest Id probably have done all of that differently. My first jeep and I learned, how I learn most things, the hard way. Ive sworn a blood oath to pay for only quality parts and Ive also learned that I need to learn to wrench on some things myself as labor for mods basically doubles the cost. Ive also learned on this forum that the build can be as fun as the jeeping itself and very satisfying when you do it yourself. Same thing a lot of gun guys learn about reloading I suppose. Im committed to trying to enjoy the Rubi stock..ish for a year and upping my wrenching game.
I built my TJ on my own excepte for bleeding the brake and installing the gears. Everything else was done in my garage, lift, cage, armor, front locker etc….

You are correct, the building and wrenching is fun.

With my new JL I have been focused on armor and setting it up to flat tow behind the RV.
 

dblankenbaker

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Lots of old Jeeps. JLURD ordered 5/7.
I budgeted $10K $12K $14K $16K $18K for my mods. I've already spent $13K+ on mods not counting little stuff and labor. So I'm already $82K+ onto the JLURD w/another $4.8K yet to spend. :facepalm:
 

Sand Flea

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My 2018 Wrangler Sahara sticker was 50k and it only has 19k miles on it.
If my dealer was offering me 52k for mine, I'd be spec'ing a new replacement right now.

Mine doesn't have the amount of mods yours does, but I've learned the dealers love a 'mostly stock' Jeep, and are willing to pay more for one.

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I budgeted $10K $12K $14K $16K $18K for my mods. I've already spent $13K+ on mods not counting little stuff and labor. So I'm already $82K+ onto the JLURD w/another $4.8K yet to spend. :facepalm:
I am with you, I lost track of the money months ago. I bet I am pushing 90K now on my diesel.
 

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Speaking of mods and $$. Luckily I have USAA for insurance because they will cover "up to" 100% cost of all added mods as long as you supply them with receipts.
Might Want to check that. I have USAA too and they told me there is only 5k insurance for upgrades with or without a receipt. I did up my coverage to 110% of the the value so in the event of a total loss I have 10% more +5k.
 

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hey guys i tried to add up the upgrades I have on my jeep and could not get a exact number but came up to about 25k in upgrades and thankfully only 1000 of that was labor due to new gears and lockers put in it.
o yeah did i mention this is for my 1998 cherokee XJ that i have had for the last 10 years, and now even though nothing is wrong with it... I decided to order a 2 door Wrangler Rubicon to start the fun all over again ;]
this may be a sickness! but i think it will be fun.
and the future wife is looking forward to driving the other jeep on the trail behind me.
 

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My wife and I were just talking about this yesterday. About a week or so ago I traded in my built JL Sport for a 2021 Rubicon (see my profile; not updated yet).

We were discussing upcoming mods; frame-mounted rock rails with steps were ordered Monday and will be in next week. I was looking at bumpers, winches, lift kits, etc. after placing the order, and asking her opinions. The following conversation ensued. I went into military lingo mode - my comfort zone.

She was adding up the costs in her head. “So...you’re telling me this is gonna run us about 5-6K when it’s done???”

”Ma’am, yes ma’am. As you know ma’am, we battle-staffed this before the trade. As you recall, I published a MODPLAN for this operation. From that, I have refined it to this MODORD,” I said, as I handed it to her. “Metrics have been updated based upon current needs.”

The General gave me her steely-eyed look for a few long moments. Her reply: “Our current base of operations has some logistical priorities which will take precedence.”

I nodded. “Roger that, ma’am,” I said, as I went and grabbed a beer and changed the subject.
I think Fido may get some company ....
 

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Just traded in my F350 for a 2021 JLUR diesel in Maryland. Only bright white one I could find in four states with limited inventory out there now. It was $65K and $5K extra for T,T,T and shipping.
 
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