ok so keeping my options open i am venturing into the jeep market for a new rig. i have slowly been realizing that a jeep may be a better decision for what i want to do. here is my criteria.
1. easy to work on.
2. capable. (not just for exploring on dirt roads, i want it to do trails as well.
3. parts availibility (my parents have run jeeps for about 20 years and there is alot less work.
5. flexability. (i want it to be, for lack of a better term, a transformer. it needs to be able to do a weekend trip and a milti day, week expedition.
now so far i like the tj for my platform. its small, great aftermarket, decent performance on and off road, and its alot less work than a toyota.
the reason i am leaning away from toyotas is because of the work. dont get me wrong i love being a grease monkey and a fabricator. but i dont want to have to alter the whole truck to get it where i want. i have an 84 toyota now and i woud get a early 90s truck and do a solid axel swap... this seems rather pointless and a lot of money sunk into only half the suspension. with a tj i can get an entire 4link for 3k. plus even if i break a u joint its a quick fix, birfields are $100 a pop and i cant really fix it. long fields are $500, just doesnt seem worth it to me at this point. i really dont like the scary ness of being SOL in the middle of no where with a busted axel that i cant fix extremely easily on the trail.
long story short, dependable, easy to maintain, and decnt parts , aftermarket or otherwise, availibilty.
what do you guys think? i would like to see some pics and hear some pros and cons.
i have been doing research for about 6 years on these things and helping my friend build up his TJ. i like the rubicon express lifts and i only need 35s for what i want to do. anyway, give me your thoughts.