Lookin' good man, as far as track bars, your best bet will be a double sheer/hd track bar such as IRO or RE. I got a good price on a RE double shear from Kolak. I like it so far! It replaces the stock bracket and joint and replaces them with a bracket more like a control arm with a 'jonny joint' type end on frame side. (Wrong terminology for everything but hopefully you get the idea)
Quick update on my build: I have some parts that I need to install, including a Dodge Durango steering box, RE front track bar kit, and a set of G2 chromoly axle shafts for my dana 30 (after quickly breaking another stock shaft, I figured it was time). I've been held up because I had to put in a new header panel to replace my broken one after a small incident with a tree. Working with all that plastic sucks! haha. I want to install my gear box in auto tech class, because I don't have a pitman arm puller and all that stuff. Plus I could probably use some help getting the job done right. But that's been delayed also because the shop is undergoing NATEF certification... Hey, spit happens but it will all work out eventually........ stay tuned!
Edit: Kolak was not able to get me the G2 shafts because the vendor dropped the inventory (apparently a defect or something). It cost another 120, but he is sending me an Alloy USA kit. Really itching to get that installed as well as my gearbox. Can't do it at school still, but hopefully next week...
Are u still running the factory np249 with the front locker? How's that handle on and off road? I'm contemplating installing one but getting a lot of mixed ideas
Well my jeep already handles poorly right now because the steering box is toast, which is why I'm replacing it. But after I got a professional alignment the handling with the locker was pretty good. You just gotta be sure to hold onto the wheel because it does dance around a little bit, but it's definitely tolerable. I also have a busted front axle shaft right now, so I'm driving around in 3WD which isn't very fun. If you're gonna lock your front and are planning to offroad I would suggest going straight to chromoly axles when possible, 'cause those stock ones will pop. Just my 2 cents from experience, but as you can see I have more problems of my own . Anyway, to answer your question the 249 does fine with a front locker in my opinion, although it would be nice to swap in a 231 in the future.
I have loved my 249 in the snow here lately its been unstoppable lol. But its getting mileage on it now and im looking into swappin a 231 just so i can run the less expensive lockers. Heck if i had an extra $1600 id get selectables haha but thats a pipe dream.