Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Youngstown/Columbus Ohio
My recommendation: first, get the winch. Preferably not one that will last. I've seen a couple smittybilts and milemarkers fail, but never a Warn. I picked up a new M8000 for <$400, and used ones can be had for the same price or cheaper.
If your sticking with 31s, I'd go with a locker in the front. Then get the lift, then once you have some money to throw around, look at a rear axle swap, or beefing up the stock d35. I wouldn't waste money on a 27 spine locker for the rear axle, I haven't read anything good about a locked stock d35, and have been with a guy that broke one on the trail. IMO, it isn't worth the headache and having a stronger axle is worth the peace of mind that it provides.
1992 YJ Wrangler 4.0L, NV3550, 2.5" suspension lift, 32" BFG M/Ts, lots of other cool stuff
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