I figure that I should have enough coin saved by April to buy a late 90s TJ. I'm hoping for a 4.0 with a 5 speed and it would be great if it had a D44 rear, but if it doesn't, I will put one in. Here's my newest idea for this mostly trail rig:
*1.25" JKS body lift and MML with a 1" spring spacer in front to level. No other lift. I have my stock LJ springs with very low mileage on them that I could install if the TJs springs are worn out.
*Rear axle - D44 with Detroit locker and chromoly shafts - 4.56 gears
Front axle - D30 with Detroit Tru Trac and chromoly shafts - 4.56 gears
*Remove rear flares and inner fender well - install front tube fenders to clear 33" BFG KM2s - possibly go with 10.5 width
*Full Rokmen armor underneath including belly up t-case skid - should work with the BL - possibly need SYE/CV if there are vibes - Rokmen rocker guards and steering box skid and rear bumper. Front bumper stays stock but chopped with a Warn M8000.
*Herculined - Bestop seat covers - and exterior painted OD green...Jeep will be a tribute to my Dad, Sgt Gus - who served in the Pacific theater during WWII and was awarded two purple hearts.
The idea here is a very LCG build for the hills and rock climbs prevalent at JeepSkool, but yet fitting decent sized tires with effective traction aids. Kind of a sleeper Jeep! Also would allow me to add a 2" SL later and go with 35s if I decided to go that route.
Opinions, thoughts, suggestions welcome and appreciated as this is still in planning stages so I'm sure things will change!