I've been lurking for over a year and reading as much as I could about my Jeep.
As far as the Jeep, we originally bought it for my wife as a second car but she decided that the big SUV was more her style so I took over with the Jeep. It's a 2000 Sahara that we bought used and were told it had a Dana 44 rear axle... which turned out to be a 35. I already picked up a Dana 44 with disk brakes so we'll fix that pretty soon. Did the OME 2" lift, got some wheels and 32" Wranglers (hate the white letters out), front and rear bumpers, Warn 8000 winch with cordless remote, lunchbox locker in the front and (temporary) Truetrac in the D35 until we install the Dana 44. The Jeep has 3.73 gears which seem decent for 32" tires, especially on the freeway. I already have a brand new ARB locker for the Dana 44 but now I'm having second thoughts and might put it up for sale so I can put another Truetrac LSD in the rear axle. I would have to change gearing front and rear to install the ARB locker and I don't do any rock crawling to justify a rear locker in addition to the front. Instead, I might put the money from the sale of the ARB towards underside armor - Under Cover Fab seems to have some good products.
Anyway, sorry for the long story... and thanks to all of you who share your ideas and experiences on this forum.
I lurked for nearly a year before buying my YJ as well. Just a warning...Jeeeps ARE addictive! There is not a day that goes by that I don't do something to my Wrangler.
We will all be expecting pics of your new Jeep soon.
Should have pics pretty soon, I just have to finish up installing the front Bushwhacker flat fender flares. And yes, they certainly are addictive but I really enjoy getting it dialed in for those off-road weekends with friends or for the hunting trips we're planning for this year.