Hey folks I have a few questions here and if I am asking questions that have already been answered please feel free to tell me to search some more
I want a 4 door JK, well I like the idea of a lifted Grand Cherokee but it seems to be more trouble than it is worth so now I have moved over to looking at a JK. If I can find one cheap enough I will able to throw about $10K +or- a little bit into it. Ideally I would like to have a D60 rear and a D44 up front and as I work overseas only 6 months at a time I would be able to do a lot of the work myself ?My questions are as follows:
1: Is it cost effective to buy a 2wd JK and convert to 4wd. Or would I be better off finding one that is already 4wd?
2: I am torn between just finding a cheaper 4dr with a d35 and replacing it with a D60 and then trying to source a D44 front at a reasonable price.
3: I have seen tons of rubicons with 37's on stock axles, but that size tire seems huge for a rear 44 to handle. Can that axle be made to handle that size tire reliably? If so would it be cheaper to find a non-rubicon with a d44, beef it up, change gears and then buy a replacement front d44 with higher gears to match? I know on my TJ I was looking at close to a grand to just do a gear change but I have seen Teraflex Dana 60's in the mid3k range with a Detroit and gears already installed. But front axles seem to be twice as expensive as rear axles so if I can find someone who is upgrading a rubicon it seems that I would come out better just sourcing one and putting some money into it.
Sorry for being long winded but I know nothing about JKs and long story short; I am looking for the most cost effective way to have a 4door JK with 37inch tires that I can drive daily (mind you I don't have a commute as I sit on my *** for 6 months out of the year when I am not overseas and I already know some folks will ask why 37's if I am not going to be off-roading every weekend and well frankly I just like how proportionate 37's look on the 4door JK) and if I decide to go and off-road, I don't have to worry about having huge tires and axles that cannot handle them.