First I shall set the scene:
Bone stock, except for 30x9.5 AT tires, '98 TJ 4.0L 5-speed. Completely un-molested and well maintained by PO. I bought it with well under 40k miles and begin the modification immediately.
Phase 1 (1 week after acquisition - Dec 2011): 2.5" RC lift (will be replaced), 1.25" BL, Brown Dog 1" lift MMs, 5 - 33x10.5x15 BFG MT KM2s, 5 - new black aluminum wheels.
Phase 2 (Just Completed all at once): JCR Sliders with steps, 7" extended flares, Currie control arms with JJs - all 8, TW DS & AA SYE, Ford 8.8 (completely rebuilt), 4.56 Yukon gears, new speedo gear, Detroit TTs front and rear, Metal Cloak adjustable rear track bar, custom built 1/4" plate TT skid, Hella Black Magic fog lights
This took me about 6 weeks to do. I did everything by myself, but the re-gear/LS diffs. These were done by the local shop. The overall difference is AMAZING!!! I went from essentially a 4-speed with no bottom end. Now there is a full 5 gears, and the ride is night and day. For anyone wondering if the $$$ to re-gear is worth it...I promise it is by far the best $$$ spent on the Jeep yet. It is hard to tell how much some of the other parts help by themselves because of so many parts were upgraded all at once, but the overall change is AWESOME. The 8.8 gives me some peace of mind and the rear end disc brakes make a substantial difference thus far in braking performance.
Phase 3 (Coming piece by piece in no particular order ASAP): JCR bumpers front and rear, Winch - undecided which, metal cloak 3.5" springs, cut down BL to about .5-.75", Bilstein shocks, Solid diff covers front and rear (at 500 mile gear fluid change), GR8 tops tire carrier