Hey guys. I've spent the past couple months pouring over the threads here, flipping through page after page of countless Quadratec, 4WD, and Summit Racing catalogs, and pretty much reading and learning everything I could about Jeeps and building them.
That being said, I've kept the concept in the back of my mind through all of this that within the next few months, I'm going to be doing a "small" build up on a TJ, including (but not limited to) a lift, wheels and tires, aux lighting, interior mods, etc. I spent a few hours the other night picking out what just might work for me, and think I have it planned out fairly well from what I've read and "know", but I wanted to be transparent here and open myself up to suggestions, criticism, any input what-so-ever that everyone might have so that when I go to do this build, I won't have any major surprises that could have been avoided from a simple thread on WF. So I'm going to post a picture of what my initial plans are and would appreciate if everyone would just give me some feedback on how it all might work out for me. Even if it's just your own opinion on certain products that I've picked out. Thanks so much in advance.
The standard kit doesn't. The Super Flex kit does, but from what I've read, JKS has a great reputation, and I figured that I could get the JKS adjustable arms cheaper than the RE arms (the price from the standard to the super flex is about a 300 dollar jump), plus, JKS are adjustable while the RE arms included with the Super Flex are not. Just seems to be a better deal.
(4) 3/4" Towing Shackles - ARB - Quadratec.com) = you can get these at tractor supply or home depot much cheaper and no shipping.
(Dana 30 Front Locker - Aussie Locker - Northridge4x4.com) = if you only get one locker you should buy it for the rear. the factory limited slip is too loose.
(Off Road Lights (2 Pair) - KC HiLites 238 - SummitRacing.com)= go to auto zone and save on shipping they have em in stock !
Trust me I bought lots of things from quadratec and paid shipping when I should have checked the local stores.
Defintely need the upper rear adj control arms with the rear SYE+CV Driveshaft.
With these, and all the other adders you've listed, you're quickly approaching the cost of a high-end (i.e. all-inclusive) complete lift kit from one of the mainstream vendors..
Have you put all this into a spreadsheet to see what your total cost will be compared to a complete lift setup?
'97 TJ, 4.0, AW4 (yes, from a Cherokee), 241OR
Rubi 44s, 488s, Stock Lockers
Rubicon Express 4.5" Long Arm
Bilstein 5150s, 1" JKS BL, 1" ML
37 Krawlers for trail, 35" KM2s for street
Stretch and ORIs in the works!