When do you consider a Jeep to be "built"?

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I think it refers to the old “ built not bought “ phrase. When I was younger and broke, you’d buy a strip down bare bones Jeep and build it. Axles, lockers, bumpers winch, lift etc.....

Then you could put on your “ Built not Bought” windshield banner, and be proud to show off what you’d done.

Now that I’m an old man I don’t want to go through that much work to start from scratch, so I bought a rubicon. I might not be cool anymore, but I’m enjoying the fruits of my working my ass off for 40 years and counting.......:)
ABSOLUTELY!!!. When I bought my brand new 87 Suzuki Samurai I considered that luxury compared to my 75 VW Bus before it. Then came 4 Runners and Pathfinders, even a few Land Rovers ( pieces of crap), Corvettes, a few Wranglers mixed in. Fast ahead 30 plus years and I've come full circle to my 19 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited in Mojito. I ordered every option other then the color matched top. I have to say, this is my all time favorite vehicle out of everything. I only ordered one other vehicle in my life and that was a 97 Jeep Wrangler - the first year TJ. I can keep rambling on and on but my Wranglers were my most exciting Vehicle moments in my life. You know you love what you own and consider it "built" when you frame the window sticker.
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When you are satisfied! Building a jeep is like spelling (Bananananana) you have to know when to quit! Jokes aside.I would say when your money runs out or your spouse runs off.
 

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That's funny that you ask this question . The answers are even funnier. Mine was built the moment I took off from the dealer's lot and for others the building process really never ends until they get a wife or have no more money for the next rent .
 

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in my own experience, Capability dictates "built", but also context- If I tell my buddies I'm going on a run with "Built rigs", they know what to expect- Larger tires, lockers, armor, winches, etc.

That said, I've seen plenty of people with questionable judgement espousing the verbal feces that is "built not bought" and 9/10 times they're driving a JKU with a Light bar, $2k worth of rims on $500 tires, an angry grille. When you question them, they start talking about how they love to "go off roading" but it's all Mud puddles or dirt roads (lol) and as the conversation goes further, they get really defensive until they throw out the standard issue "I DON'T DO ROCK CRAWLING OR HARDCORE OFF ROADING! NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO RUIN THEIR JEEP!".
If you're not a fan of "ruining" your Jeep, Then explain to me your.. "build", to which their response is "I WANTED TO CUSTOMIZE IT AND MAKE IT MINE". Got it- you're into useless, stick on crap and shiny doodads. I think we're done here. Have fun with that.

I try not to "punch down", but if you're running around chest beating about "built not bought"... maybe spend a little money to at least look the part?
 

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When you park and it looks like this and you smirk a lil on the inside.

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