So I've got a 95 YJ i6 5 speed in great shape. It has very
minimal rust underneath and on the tub. Just the windshield frame is rusting through
. As of now it sits on a ~4" pro comp lift with 33's on stock axles. The ride is horrible and even have a partially bent leaf (Time to throw it out!). I've been researching all kinds of modifications I want to make and it's finally time to take some action! I'm wondering what upgrades would be most wise to make with long term hopes of completing the following..
-SOA on either waggy springs or RE 7" kit to clear 35-38" tires
-1 ton axles of sorts (undecided)
-**Chevy Gen III+ (LS if possible) swap retaining np231 with SM465
I don't have the money to do the engine swap as of now but I am aware that I will need to prepare the jeep for it anyway, especially with hd axles to handle anything I throw at it. I would like to do the lift first to get it sitting and riding the way I want it.
So, the question is where do I start? Axles? SOA?
I would like some experienced opinions as to where I can put my money without
having to throw it out when I finally do swap the engine and tranny. I appreciate any help you can provide!
Also, I can weld and cut & intend do some of the custom fab myself (with a little supervision of course)