OK, I've been frantically shopping for a 3rd Cruiser for 2 months now...but can't find what I want...and that might be MY fault. Here's the scoop:
I have an extremely expensive 100 (that most of you know about). It's been buffed for the last time. I've been told I better keep it from brush or the clearcoat's gonna be gone. A few plastic parts have just started to show wear. I do not want to use this vehicle any longer on difficult trails. It's not going back to Moab and never to the Rubicon. I want to use this for trips and moderate 4-wheeling.
I have an extremely inexpensive 80. It's a '93 with 169K miles. I've never liked it because it's very basic (no leather, no nothing like the typical loaded 80 you see) and the seats don't raise and I'm very uncomfortable in it. While it's an amazing 4-wheeler I always want to leave it behind unless the trails close. I'm thinking of giving this to my kids to drive (16 and 17 yrs old).
I WANT A NEW CRUISER NOW...what should I do? Here's my 2 ideas:
1. Wait forever to find a low mile 1997 80-series. Outfit it with 4+ inches lift, 35-36" tires, regear, then make some custom bumpers. Useit as my extreme wheeler.
MY CONCERN: Despite it being a luxo-model 80....will I like driving it and will I take it onto trips....or, because I prefer the 100-series so much will I still take my expensive 100 out?
2. Easily find a lower mile 2001 or newer 100-series. ARB lock it, lift it, 35-it, then get aggressive, cut the front and rear frames and fab bumpers for wheeling. Cost will be much higher.
MY CONCERN: While I know I'll love driving it will it take the place of my or a newer 80-series on the extreme trails? This new 100 will be more capable than my existing because it will be lighter and have much improved app and dep angles due to the modification design. WILL THAT BE ENOUGH on the bad stuff or will I need an 80?
I keep going back and forth. Either way, I'll not worry about messing up/scratching this 3rd Cruiser...80 or 100.
Gotta be an 80. No, another 100 will be better. Ya, the 80 is what I need though. No, a down-sized 100 will do the job. Well, we still have the '93 in the family if something insane comes up? Will I take a 1997 80 up on Pritchett Canyon in Moab or will I not want to drive it that far? Will I take my new 100 there and run something like Behind the Rocks? See....I'm stuck. ADVICE AMIGOS?