After you lift it, put better offroad tires, unless you do 2 sets of tires, the ride will not be like stock. Mine is at 3.25", (2.5" pucks and UC springs), with the MX-6 shocks and 265/75/16 10 ply Maxxis Bighorns. The ride is a little stiffer, but you would have to expect that. It was my DD till last month. I laid it on its side and now after its fixed I'll be using it as an offroad vehicle. I'll be looking at long arms also, but only a 4" lift, (I have a height restriction since I'm in a wheelchair and getting in and out has to be considered). Good luck on your build and post up some pics.
2004 GC Spec. Edit. V8 4x4 Quadra-Trac II. Bright Silver Metallic Clear Coat, 4" lift, RE shocks, adj. JKS CAs all around, 265/75/16, ProtoFab winch bumper, Vortex 10,000 lb. winch, dual OME steering stabilizer, Rockyroad rockrails, skids, JKS Discos. Addco front & rear sway bar, & Aussie locker.