Hmmmm. If intended usage is the same, 80% DD/commuter, with some family friendly trails and camping, and budget? 4 door JKU?
I did a ton of research on all my stuff and don't regret any of it except the bumper light brackets from Q-tec.
I would do it all the same except skip the bumper light setup and get a pair of LED's on the A pillars, which I've done since the pics. Did Dually D2's (driving pattern) on the Rigid mounts.
I'm a huge fan of my AEV lift and would recommend it to anyone, BUT...there is always newer stuff coming out.
Now that the wheels are turning I would do this...
A pillar LED's instead on bumper light setup.
RK's new 1.5" explorer lift with triple rate front and rear springs coming out at Xmas, rancho adjustable shocks.
Same wheel/tire combo, but I would get the silver aluminum instead of the black.
I live in Dubai (Middle East) and have a dedicated 4 Door JK for Dune Bashing. Our terrain here is very different from geography in other parts of the world, even other deserts. To compare to the US I would use Glamis desert in California as the closest comparison. It is powder sand here and We have steep uphill climbs followed by steep downhill descent. For this reason low center of gravity is imperative more than ride height & clearance. I noticed most member are rock climbers which is very different from my needs. You seem to have a very comprehensive Desert systyem in place. Could you make any recommendations to me? This is a dedicated weekend dune bashing toy so I am quite flexible with price.
A) a low center of gravity so jeep doesn't roll over going up steep dunes or side hills. Need to hug the side walls…
B) One thing I do require is a suspension with a little more up travel than you would typically use for trail riding. The bottom of the dune often times has a sharp angle to it (like the inside of a box), so a suspension with a little more up travel will help soak that up a little better, and I can charge the dune a little faster.
C) I will also need to widen the stance of the Jeep to make it more stable taking side hills. This will increase my stability and avoid rolling over. I heard that the best way to widen a Jeep is with full width Dana 60 front and rear axles. My understanding is that for every inch of lift you should increase track width by two inches. What recommendation do you have?
D) I also understand that I should put most of my money into the best reservoir shocks that I could afford and make sure they were valved for dune riding.
I actually haven't been on here in awhile, lol. Was surprised when I got a thread notification in my email.
I'm afraid I don't have any real advice on widening the track, axle swaps and whatnot are a little out of my depth. There's a lot of really smart folks on here though that can probably help you out there.
As for lift though, last time I was looking around the hot ticket for keeping your center of gravity low and maximizing travel both up and down was MetalCloak.
Maybe look into some flat fenders and their best kit that comes with their 6-pack shocks. I would probably give them a call though and see if their shocks are going to be up to the abuse of exposed struts and all that sand.
I would not rule out a small lift though and watch out for your breakover angle. Good to not tip on the side of dunes, but bad to high center trying to peak.