The more I drive this abused, stock except for 32's TJ, the more I love it. I'm out here in west texas, and today I went 4 wheeling. Pulled the kiddy seats out of the back, folded the rear seat up, unzipped all that's unzippable, loaded the lab, and went out to the local lake. I found some wicked jeep trails. I tried some that I felt I'd be capable of doing in my old CJ (V8, lockers, winches, full cage, lift, shackles, etc) and I was stunned at the go-ability of this little 4 cyl. My 32's were aired down to about 14lbs, so they're really wide and soft. 4low and 1st gear is unbelievable for downhills, and 2nd gear uphill was just as amazing. I passed on most of the uphills because I don't yet have a rear locker and one 2 occasions today the rear started spinning just as I was reaching the zenith of the uphill. I'm past the stage where I want to spin all the way uphill.....slow and steady is where I feel comfortable now (I've given up mostly on MX, and now am a trials rider).
There were lots of run off ditches and rocks to climb about on, and I really got to flex the suspension. I think this suspension is amazing. It is so much better than anything I've ever experienced in the CJ's and the YJ I've owned. Hence, while flexing today, I heard a couple of big bangs from underneath. Not Ujoint or other catastrophic bangs, but not rocks on the bashplate either. After playing, I checked out the front end and noticed that on the drivers side, I had pulled the sway bar lower connecting bar from the axle mount. Hmmmmmmm.
Haven't yet checked the rear, but I reckon something there is also toast. This TJ has already had a tough life. It's been a ranch jeep for most of it''s life, and I've spent a couple of bucks and many hours bringing it back to life.
I thought that I was going to leave this one as is. I guess not. I'm going to have to get some SB discos. I like the height of the jeep as it sits (I really don't know if it has a lift on it or not, I've been under it on numerous occasions and it doesn't have any painted coils or fancy named shocks on it. It could have a lift, but I'm just not sure) and I don't mind the 32's rubbing on the SB at full lock. I'd like to get some more droop out of the suspension, and I'm seriously considering a lunch box locker (lock right, etc).
So, any recommendations on the SB discos, which locker has worked best for you, and maybe (maybe) a small lift. This jeep is my wife's DD, and once she returns from her deployment, me and the kids move back into the 99 XJ.
regards from San Angelo