I have been on this forum for a couple years and have benefited from the advice and information that all have posted. Now it's time for me to solicit some advice / suggestions.
I have an 07 RRS Supercharged, Lucky8 rocks sliders, and Nitto Tera Grapplers on 20" wheels provide the needed traction for offroad. I live in the SF Bay Area, and use my vehicle for exploring off highway and and the sites you don't see from the tourist spots, Moab last year, Tahoe frequently (year around trips, but mostly for skiing, and then the occasional OHV Park for fun.
I love my RRS, its great, however a bit expensive, bushings, brakes, etc, now I have to replace both cat converters, and just replaced the air pump. At 110k miles, I'm sure there will be more. I also would like to get a little more technical off-road experience, Rubicon, Dusy, etc. I usually see vehicles that start with the letter J on these trails, but refuse to believe that Rovers can't conquer them as well.
My question to you all:
1) Keep my sport and suck up the cost. Suggestions? Change out the air suspension? Somehow get a winch and secondary air compressor installed.
2) Pick up a used Disco and build it. If so what model / year are preferred. Criteria would be availability of aftermarket parts, cost of said parts, reliability, comfort (as 80% of the time the vehicle is on smooth road getting to the amazing off pavement locations), etc. I would love a Defender (as I'm sure we all would) however, not in my price range at this time.
3) Buy one of those J vehicles
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.