So please bear with me on these questions, I am somewhat new to tj mods.
First things first, my name is chuck and I have a 06' tj stock minus rims/tires. rock crawler rims with 31X10.50R15's, 4.0, six speed, X model.
I have owned the jeep since new, and am finally looking to mod the jeep. What I do is a lot of wheeling in mountains, rocky trails, and trails with many washouts and such. nothing to the point of busting up my jeep but I very much enjoy peaking out the suspension. These are the questions I have and feel free to educate me. I have a mechanical background so you don't have to stupify things for a toddler but I do ask that you bear in mind that I intend to learn here.
First question is, suspension flex is primarily axle drop correct? my understanding is that the best way to keep all four tires in contact is not to increase upward travel so much as downward travel due to the limit imposed by the bumpstops. am I misguided?
Second question is, how can I get more flex out of mostly stock suspension/ride height? I will be getting a budget boost coil lift and stay with 31" tires. I am familiar with the consept of disconnects and that WILL happen shortly by modifying the existing bolts to accept a codder pin or something of that nature. My real intrest is if I can gain anything by converting to a long arm set up with better shocks and SYE? I know the geometry doesn't require it for a better ride or anything, but I am under the impression that it would allow for more usable flex as the axle drops away from the chassis. Am I misguided here?
The reason for these questions it because I am in no way modest when it comes to getting to my favorite fishing/camping hole or hunting trail and refuse to walk when I have my $XXXXX four wheeler. I have maxed the suspension without removal of the trac bar and front sway bar by both contacting the fender due to upward travel with the 31's (hence the BB lift) and losing contact with the dropped wheels. I know a locker in the front and back would solve that problem and that is comming as well. I just dont enjoy the teetering back and forth thing and would like to avoid it if possible.
So please fire away with any advice, experience, or expert knowledge but please understand that I want to stay as close to stock ride height as possible to stick with 31's for now. when I am rich and it is reasonable to spend thousands on long arm lifts and 35's I will look into that side of the spectrum.
Thank you so much for the advice, I am frequently on 460ford and expect you will all be as helpful as they are.