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So i came across the Solo motorsport site, which does alot of bronco parts mostly for prerunner, I LOVE!!! the look of prerunners but its so impractical where i live and im not going offroad with it either

They have a front prerunner bumper i love the look but not sure what would look like on mine, and they got a grill mounted LED brackets

So my guestion for you and every one,

Do you wana go all out with mods?
keep it stock/original
or Frankenstein with abit of everything? (orignal/aftermarket)

Let me know your thoughts ! :)
 

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I like to sprinkle a touch of reality into peoples dreams, not to rain on ones parade, but to open the eyes to making better decisions.

One thing is for sure, that will quickly make your vehicle appeal to a much smaller audience if you ever go to sell it, & it will also make it worth less money.

Yeah they look cool, & I've had lifted trucks, they are not easy to live with every day. When you add up the cost of all that stuff you bolted on to make it look like a 16 year old owns it, then the hatred of the fuel mileage you killed on an already bad mpg Bronco, the rough ride, the annoyance of climbing up into it every day. To me, it's just a horrible idea all around, but that's me, I've been there, done that. I've made all of these mistakes myself, time and time again.

If your going to put money into something, make sure its money you'll get back out of it. There are broncos for sale locally around here, nice 92-96 stock Broncos that people are asking 15-20k for them & they sell quickly. Then there are the lifted ones, pre-runner style that have been on there for sale, month after month not selling.

They start out thinking their lifted Broncos are way better than stock ones cuz they dumped 10k into all those accessories, so at 15k its a bargian, but the reality is, most people dont want someone's ragged out mudbog machine they've been jumping dirt mounds with so they don't get any calls. So they drop to 12k, then 10k, they eventually drop to $7500, & my guess is they sell for 5-6k if at all.

So would it make more sense to make your stock Bronco nicer, for little cost by fixing any rust areas, making the paint look good, taking out the seats & scrubbing every nook & cranny of the truck inside & out, underneath & under the hood, maybe & putting new carpet in. Or do you spend your money on a lift, tires, bumpers, gears, ect...

My mind says fix yours up & sell it, and buy a pre-runner if thats what you want. You can get one, all finished & running for what youll spend making yours into one... You have already gained a ton of knowledge on how to work on Bronco's, so if your heart is set on pre runner style, let someone else do all the heavy lifting for you & you reap the benefits of it.

You have a 92 EB, a very sought after Bronco.
 

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Do what you want! Keep the stock parts and you can always revert back. Then sell the goodies.

My vehicles are tailored to what I use em for. But i dont sell things until they are worthless junk anyways.
 

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I think, as long as you approach Bronco ownership and customization with the mindset that your return on investment will be poor, do what you want. I plan on lifting and Durabaking mine because I want to and I'm fortunate to be able to spend the money on it and not have it negatively affect putting food on the table or saving for retirement, etc. (of course, saying that means the rate of investment goes down and the project takes longer). Like @Rob_64-365 says, the guys putting serious money into their rigs and then expecting/needing that money back out are going to lose their shirt. But if you stay grounded in what the vehicle is worth and are OK with considering the upgrades as "fun money" you won't get back, knock yourself out.
 

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Nothing with tires is an investment. Sure, some people will buy a vehicle to flip it but I don't think that is what you are doing. Do whatever you want to do, it is your property. FWIW a bumper and light brackets isn't going to kill your value.
 

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I like to sprinkle a touch of reality into peoples dreams, not to rain on ones parade, but to open the eyes to making better decisions.

One thing is for sure, that will quickly make your vehicle appeal to a much smaller audience if you ever go to sell it, & it will also make it worth less money.

Yeah they look cool, & I've had lifted trucks, they are not easy to live with every day. When you add up the cost of all that stuff you bolted on to make it look like a 16 year old owns it, then the hatred of the fuel mileage you killed on an already bad mpg Bronco, the rough ride, the annoyance of climbing up into it every day. To me, it's just a horrible idea all around, but that's me, I've been there, done that. I've made all of these mistakes myself, time and time again.

If your going to put money into something, make sure its money you'll get back out of it. There are broncos for sale locally around here, nice 92-96 stock Broncos that people are asking 15-20k for them & they sell quickly. Then there are the lifted ones, pre-runner style that have been on there for sale, month after month not selling.

They start out thinking their lifted Broncos are way better than stock ones cuz they dumped 10k into all those accessories, so at 15k its a bargian, but the reality is, most people dont want someone's ragged out mudbog machine they've been jumping dirt mounds with so they don't get any calls. So they drop to 12k, then 10k, they eventually drop to $7500, & my guess is they sell for 5-6k if at all.

So would it make more sense to make your stock Bronco nicer, for little cost by fixing any rust areas, making the paint look good, taking out the seats & scrubbing every nook & cranny of the truck inside & out, underneath & under the hood, maybe & putting new carpet in. Or do you spend your money on a lift, tires, bumpers, gears, ect...

My mind says fix yours up & sell it, and buy a pre-runner if thats what you want. You can get one, all finished & running for what youll spend making yours into one... You have already gained a ton of knowledge on how to work on Bronco's, so if your heart is set on pre runner style, let someone else do all the heavy lifting for you & you reap the benefits of it.

You have a 92 EB, a very sought after Bronco.
Thanks man!!!! :)
 

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Do what you want! Keep the stock parts and you can always revert back. Then sell the goodies.

My vehicles are tailored to what I use em for. But i dont sell things until they are worthless junk anyways.
i like my stuff to be very practical, not much for showboating, the light bar yeah it would be nice but i think its gonna kill my cooling and not sure if its gonna look good with the old style of the truck
 

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I think, as long as you approach Bronco ownership and customization with the mindset that your return on investment will be poor, do what you want. I plan on lifting and Durabaking mine because I want to and I'm fortunate to be able to spend the money on it and not have it negatively affect putting food on the table or saving for retirement, etc. (of course, saying that means the rate of investment goes down and the project takes longer). Like @Rob_64-365 says, the guys putting serious money into their rigs and then expecting/needing that money back out are going to lose their shirt. But if you stay grounded in what the vehicle is worth and are OK with considering the upgrades as "fun money" you won't get back, knock yourself out.
Ill keep that in mind! "fun money" is a good analogy
 

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Nothing with tires is an investment. Sure, some people will buy a vehicle to flip it but I don't think that is what you are doing. Do whatever you want to do, it is your property. FWIW a bumper and light brackets isn't going to kill your value.
i know but im not sure if it would be worth it? its like 1 k , also not sure if the light bar would kill my MPG /cooling?
 

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i know but im not sure if it would be worth it? its like 1 k , also not sure if the light bar would kill my MPG /cooling?
It looks like you could make it for under $100
 

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Light bar wont hurt a thing. I had the old school kind with 5 6" KC daylighters on it and lost a mere half mpg back in HS.
 
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Light bar wont hurt a thing. I had the old school kind with 5 6" KC daylighters on it and lost a mere half mpg back in HS.
Your fuel economy was probably more effected by the alternator running those lights than the drag with them off.
 

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Nah, never hardly used em on the highway. The 3g amp was more than enough.
 

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Oh yeah, it's absolutely yours to do what you want with, but I try to approach things from all perspectives.

The slope is slippery, like hard ice with a dusting of snow on top slippery. The I'm just gonna get a bumper & lights turns into, just 33''s, which turns into a 6" lift, which means gearing, exhaust, & down the wormhole you go. Its not a bad thing, I'm just saying it's a LOT of down time to build & get dialed in, vs buying one already set up for you. They seem to be the cheapest ones I see for sale. Thats my perspective here in Michigan. That may not be the case in Utah or Arizona where a pre runner is the Bronco to have.
 

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The in Michigan is the difference. I am also a salt stater. Ragged out mud truck is a good way to describe a lot of the used Broncos, but get around the right area and it goes the other way. Example look at Dune-able rigs around Silver Lake, the best ones do get a higher price but the work on them reflects this too. No "off the shelve" stuff on those.
But super small audience, compared to what is mostly in the Midwest here.
A better analogy is drag racing cars in this area. A nice 11.0 index bracket car is usually worth a good bit more then the stock car, but that racing is big here.
Agree on the rabbit hole. Make a plan and stick to it.
 

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Oh yeah, use to go to silver lake all the time & hit the dunes, my friends & I ruined all kinds of stuff out there... busted axles, blown out fenders, busted transfer cases & transmissions... it'll be fun they said!! I can't tell you how fun it was the many times we were renting a car hauler to bring a busted truck back home 250 miles, that always sucked!! There was some bad ass shit out there. But as you said, you're targeting a very limited audience.
 

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Im not a fan of the prerunner bumpers unless you have suspension or wheels and tires to match the look. Can ever have too much lighting!
 
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