The best advice i can give you is to decide what your fourby is for. If it is for FWDing i.e. pushing it to see how just how much terrain you can conquer before it gets stuck or breaks (and you will break it.) Or is it a vehicle to allow you to get out and see all of those wonderful places in our beautiful country, I use mine for the later. I have nothing to prove and my goal is always to see as much as is reasonably possible and then get my family safely home again. Holidays budgets don't usually run to a 10k flattop bill getting your MUX off the cape. Nor is it much of a holiday in some dinghy motel room for a week while you wait for parts or repairs. My Dmax has taken us all over this country and bought us safely home again, as i have used it as a tool to get us to what we wanted to see not as an extension of my ego. You will learn as you go, a little at a time, never think that you can't learn more at any stage. Two bits of advice my dad gave me. You will learn more with your ears open and your mouth shut. Secondly, that you can learn something from everyone, even if it is just how not to do stuff. Enjoy.