To the OP redkaz04,
Updates? Did you ever decide on a lift?
Just curious. My wife was not having an easy time at getting in my Jeep after any of the upgrades I made. A simple set of grab handles with one over the passenger door made all the difference in the world to her, even after ditching the nerf bars. Here is a few pics of different size lifts and tires on my Jeep over the years, and how it sits now.
2" BB, 1.25" BL, and 32's
3" front springs, 2.25" BB rear, 1.25" BL, and 33's
3" springs all around, 1.25"BL, and 35's