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How to get into Prerunning?

02 Ranger

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#1
What would you recommend for someone not knowing much about prerunners, advice, brands to use/not use. Can it be done cheaply? What is a good truck to do it with? Can it be a daily driver? or anything else you might suggest for a beginner. Thanks!
 

down4glamis

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#2
Head to www.thejumpchamps.com or www.instagram.com/jumpchamps and check out an event that focuses on all the questions you asked. You can see trucks you like, brands on display, and get a good idea of what it takes to have a truck, and what level that truck can be.
 

PAB

40's rock!
#3
I'm selling our four seat buggy and it can come with a 3 day Baja pre run if you are interested...with me driving...we have some pre-run experience. Approx $65k for brand new prep from ground up on a car more proven than any other in my opinion. All spares too

If you want a daily driver there are a number of trucks that can be financed that will make it around a course but calling them a pre runner would be a stretch. We use our street trucks for some recon and host 2k long off-road trips in them, they are awesome. But you will never go through any whoops in them.

Good luck and have fun
 
#5
PAB's alumi-craft is an awesome car and super well maintained, LS engine, sequential trans. Super nice.
In case that's out of your budget a nice used RZR might get you into the shallow end of the pool.
Or... wait for the 2017 raptor to hit in full force and see if the prices on the earlier model drop any.

I think PAB has a couple really nice raptors for sale too.
 

johndjmix

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#6
I don't think the prices on the earlier raptors will drop much with the 17 out. Heck, I think they will continue to climb. The steel body raptors are valuable!

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#7
What would you recommend for someone not knowing much about prerunners, advice, brands to use/not use. Can it be done cheaply? What is a good truck to do it with? Can it be a daily driver? or anything else you might suggest for a beginner. Thanks![/QUOTE

This is about as cheap as it gets. Its all done and is being sold for pennies on the dollar like any other vehicle like this. I'll make you a deal.
Heavy Duty Prerunner Chase Truck
 

MARXICO

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#9
Your pruner should be a disposable vehicle that you are not relying to drive to work on Monday and no payments .In the event you have to leave the vehicle and walk out of the desert, be prepared to have it striped it happens in America and Mexico. The nicer your pre runner is the less city miles you will want to put on it. Buy used it’s a buyers’ market, check out the classified there are linked 4wd rangers for $10,000 and up .A used 2 seat buggy will be more fun that a 5000 pound Turkey. Fire roads are fun but race courses are a different animal .These are entry level suggestions .You would be happier buying PABs Buggy. Any new trucks will tweak without considerable modification and money thrown at.Prerunners don’t really handle that good on the street or freeway
Buy a used purpose built vehicle not a daily driver, hopefully you will ware it out instead of having it stolen at the mall .
 
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hendersoned

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Go to the races early, hang out, look around, chat. Old race cars make good prerrunners but generally not streetable depending on where you register. Plenty of bone stock keeps making the rounds at low speed. Rent a keep, get the extra insurance and come to Laughlin in December for rage at the river, I'll sell you my '62 beetle a-arm buggy for 10% of Pabs Alumcraft
 
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Where do you live? Hook up with a team, start helping and learning. I saw that your 16, I admire your drive and willingness to ask for advice, that's wise. Sixteen is a great age to start making what you want in life happen. Racing or having a prerunner takes a lot of money, get good grades, if you don't have a job get one. Work hard and keep your eye on the prize.

Rangers and Jeeps are great platforms for building because there's a ton of affordable stuff out there for them. You could build up your Ranger but you'd be without wheels while you built it up or worked on it plus there's always the risk of losing your Ranger due to damage.
 
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