I have a 97 2.5. 2" suspension lift, stock 5 speed,4x4,stock axles, winch, swing away tire carrier, rock sliders. It runs great.
Just did some serious off roading in Pogheepsie gulch, and other places in Colorado.
I'm thinking of either A) putting new axles and lockers, maybe another lift or
B) Buying a newer Rubi with much of this done, adding the winch, guards and swing away and getting a 4.0 besides.