So I am a soon to be manual transmission JKU Sahara owner, I've always wanted one and I'm very excited I'm finally getting one!
That being said, even though I've been doing tons of research lately I still have tons and tons of questions I'm hoping some experienced JK owners can answer. I know a lot of people will say get the Rubi, but I just don't have the cash for it currently and I figure I'll be able to upgrade a Sahara past a Rubi once I do have the money for it.
So first of all, this jeep will be my daily driver, but I'm definitely looking into eventually getting into some light to moderate off roading. Also I live in Ontario, Canada, and it snows a hell of a lot here in the winter, but from what I've read around the web, the jeep will have no problem with some snow.
Being said that it is my DD, I still want to put some good upgrades into it once I have the cash. That's kind of where I'm stumped. I know I want to lift it, probably 3.5", and also eventually put 35" tires on it. But I also want to be prepared if I catch the bug hard and eventually want to go up to 37"s. I'm wondering what upgrades I'll need to put on it to accommodate 35"s or 37"s, whether that be axles, driveshafts, steering, etc.
I know I'll have to upgrade the gearing from the factory 3.73, probably to about 4.56, but thats where my knowledge of gears ends, I'd really like for someone to explain the different gearing options to me in terms I'd understand. All I really know is that they put the power down differently, and affect gas mileage.
Currently I'm looking at the AEV 3.5" dual sport RS suspension, but I'm not sure if that's a good lift kit or not. I've heard good things about it but also that all the parts from it will eventually get switched out. Also, it would be sweet if someone could explain long and short arm upgrades, as I'm not sure I understand the differences fully.
Sorry for the super long post, I still have a million other questions but I guess I'll start with this. Thanks in advance for any help!