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I was shooting the sh** with one of my best friends the other day, and we were wondering why not a Jeep instead of a SxS? We all know we spend a lot of money on these toys, and it just keeps adding up.

So after thinking about it, I went on to my local classifieds and just started looking up Jeeps, and man there are a ton of options out there for good prices. And the add ons are limitless. Just wondered cost wise, if a Jeep would be a better way to go?

For instance, I mainly use my Prowler for hunting and mountain trail riding. So I'm looking to possibly enclose the cab for those cold mornings, maybe add a heater, and eventually add a rear cage and seat so I can take the whole family. All things that add up in cost, but would pretty much be standard on your Jeep.

I'm just thinking out loud. Have any of you ever thought about this? I know kind of late now because we already own our SxS's, but have any of you ever thought about this topic and possibly switching over to a Jeep? Why haven't you? Why wouldn't you go that route?
 

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thats funny you brought that up, we were just talking about that last night over a couple of cold ones.a buddy of mine just bought a 1993 toyota pickup for 2500 dollars and he said the same thing he has heat,radio,wipers,ect.the only problem I would have with that is alot of our trails are not wide enough for a jeeps.but for some people uses the jeep would be as cheap as the prowler.until I put dana 60s under it with 40's and 4-link suspension,king shocks,383 stroker motor,Iam sure I missed something./but all in all shane you might have a point.:D
 

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Even our Prowlers are pretty big for some of the trails. I really haven't compared my Prowler side by side with a Jeep. So don't really know how much bigger a Jeep really is.
 

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same thing around here some trails are not wide enough for my prowler and there is some places that I cant get my prowler under,lot of our trails are still used by 4-wheelers,as far as the rzr 900 and the wildcat I couldn't even ride it on most of our trails,there to wide.for the most part it would be a gravel road machine.:(
 

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you think Jeeps are a cheeper way to go Eh .... guess you have never owned a Jeep aka a bottomless pit in which to POUR money into in LARGE sums LOL ...I own both and take it from an old Jeeper the SxS is cheep .

I have over $20K in my engine alone [and that's cheep in high quality motors] ... I have a NV4500 to install yet and the adapters alone for this swap are over $2000 ... now on to axles , tires and safety add ons bla bla bla it never ends with Jeeps
 

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you think Jeeps are a cheeper way to go Eh .... guess you have never owned a Jeep aka a bottomless pit in which to POUR money into in LARGE sums LOL ...I own both and take it from an old Jeeper the SxS is cheep .

I have over $20K in my engine alone [and that's cheep in high quality motors] ... I have a NV4500 to install yet and the adapters alone for this swap are over $2000 ... now on to axles , tires and safety add ons bla bla bla it never ends with Jeeps

This is why I asked. I've never owned a Jeep, but just noticed that a lot are cheaper than a SxS. And they typically already have 4 seats, a cab enclosure, heater, etc. I know one downside would be the cost of fuel consumption compared to our SxS's. And I know you could go crazy doing add ons to Jeeps as well. I don't know the long term, but just noticed initial cost of one could be cheaper than our SxS's. Wondered if it would be a cheaper investment.
 

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This is why I asked. I've never owned a Jeep, but just noticed that a lot are cheaper than a SxS. And they typically already have 4 seats, a cab enclosure, heater, etc. I know one downside would be the cost of fuel consumption compared to our SxS's. And I know you could go crazy doing add ons to Jeeps as well. I don't know the long term, but just noticed initial cost of one could be cheaper than our SxS's. Wondered if it would be a cheaper investment.
on the jeeps,some guys here had a club they would get together on the weekends and play.I think there club lasted one year and now half of them have 4-wheelers and the rest have sxs or just plain got out of it.:eek:
 

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Great topic Shane,
I have had this talk with friends I ride with before. Jeeps look fun and they have all the things you mentioned. Cool thing is you drive the jeep to the trail head and don't have to come back to the staging area to load back on the trailer.

I have many reasons a SXS makes more sense to me. Here are a few that stand out.

1) Suspension, the sxs rides like a dream down dirt roads from the show room floor compared to a jeep or truck. It takes on wash board roads like an animal. We have been on rides with jeeps and they beat you to death if you want any speed on the trails.
2) Size, depending on the machine you buy it will fit down trails jeeps can't or you won't want to.
3) Parts are smaller and easy to make repairs. (Replacing control arm bushings) sxs takes no time at all. Vehicles can take hours and you may need expensive tools depending on the type of suspension.
4) Services are cheaper, sxs's hold small amounts of fluids.



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a suziki jeep is not mutch biger than a sbs they go just about where a sbs will go i have two budys got them and they hold up verry good i will buy one befor i buy anouther sbs
 

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I remember when those suzuki jeeps first come out,they probably are about the size of the prowler,I doubt there are too many left,and I wonder how hard parts are to find for them,they quit making suzuki cars.
 

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One of the main problems I can see for me is transporting the Jeep. I'm hoping to purchase a small toyhauler within the next year or two that I can haul my Prowler around in. Not sure if a Jeep would fit in a toyhauler? Maybe somebody has some experience with this?
 

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Great topic Shane,
I have had this talk with friends I ride with before. Jeeps look fun and they have all the things you mentioned. Cool thing is you drive the jeep to the trail head and don't have to come back to the staging area to load back on the trailer.

I have many reasons a SXS makes more sense to me. Here are a few that stand out.

1) Suspension, the sxs rides like a dream down dirt roads from the show room floor compared to a jeep or truck. It takes on wash board roads like an animal. We have been on rides with jeeps and they beat you to death if you want any speed on the trails.
2) Size, depending on the machine you buy it will fit down trails jeeps can't or you won't want to.
3) Parts are smaller and easy to make repairs. (Replacing control arm bushings) sxs takes no time at all. Vehicles can take hours and you may need expensive tools depending on the type of suspension.
4) Services are cheaper, sxs's hold small amounts of fluids.
Some good points Seth......
 

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and a normal sized guy can NOT fit in one of those lil suckers [ I'm normal sized at 6'7" and 300 ish lbs :) ] ... not to mention when they lay on their side one guy will blow out his hemorrhoids trying to lift it back up onto it rubber
 

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I have a buddy who took an older Suzuki Samurai and converted it to a UTV style toy. It's the same width as my Prowler and gets around really good. The only thing he did to it was remove the inner fender splash gaurds and some minor suspension modifications for added flex. Dang thing follows us around like it's nothing. Only issue he's had is having to replace the clutch after a full summer of hitting some difficult trails. looks pretty damn mean with ATV tires around it.
 

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I have a buddy who took an older Suzuki Samurai and converted it to a UTV style toy. It's the same width as my Prowler and gets around really good. The only thing he did to it was remove the inner fender splash gaurds and some minor suspension modifications for added flex. Dang thing follows us around like it's nothing. Only issue he's had is having to replace the clutch after a full summer of hitting some difficult trails. looks pretty damn mean with ATV tires around it.
It would be a cool toy.:cool:
 

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I hope I dont upset anyone but if you get a net to drag behind tp catach the parts that fall off while you drivr.
Good one,LOL,I think some members have that trouble with there prowlers also.dont seem like some people have very good luck...........:rolleyes:
 

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I looked at Jeeps when I decided on a Prowler, I'm to old to manhandle any heavy parts! I decided that a Prowler would be something that I could work on. I welded a Jeep frame, and removed the rearend several years ago, but I'm just not able to perform that type of work now. The Prowler fits my attention, and physical abilities perfectly! Old Age is great, just have to respect your limits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RD
 

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boy can I relate to that , it's hell having to find someone you can trust to do the heavy work you can no longer do.

on my diesel peecup I have friends in the business so can find that, but right now I have a blown dual disc clutch [a $2000.00 clutch] in it and have to drive from Reno Nv. to Fortuna near Eureka Ca an 8 hr drive to get to someone I trust @ $4.00+ gal.fuel costs :(... guess having a high horsepower modified diesel at this age ins't so smart LOL but it is what it is. just waiting til more strength in the knee to make the drive over .

as to the A/C .. I'm screwed as the dealer where I bought mine is no longer an A/C dealer .. he got tired of A/C's games paying off the warranty work he had already done and was left holding the bag. so no actual dealer around Coeur d'Alene Idaho .. but a dealer who will service it over in Spokane, Wa. but has no sales for the brand. he is a Honda/Kawa dealer.
 

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boy can I relate to that , it's hell having to find someone you can trust to do the heavy work you can no longer do.

on my diesel peecup I have friends in the business so can find that, but right now I have a blown dual disc clutch [a $2000.00 clutch] in it and have to drive from Reno Nv. to Fortuna near Eureka Ca an 8 hr drive to get to someone I trust @ $4.00+ gal.fuel costs :(... guess having a high horsepower modified diesel at this age ins't so smart LOL but it is what it is. just waiting til more strength in the knee to make the drive over .

as to the A/C .. I'm screwed as the dealer where I bought mine is no longer an A/C dealer .. he got tired of A/C's games paying off the warranty work he had already done and was left holding the bag. so no actual dealer around Coeur d'Alene Idaho .. but a dealer who will service it over in Spokane, Wa. but has no sales for the brand. he is a Honda/Kawa dealer.
gary how far is that from you,where you have to take it to get it serviced now.
 
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