My time to research online is fairly limited (goes back to the fact that I'm in the Army and in Iraq) but so far it seems to me that the best options I have are to go the budget boost route or get a quality kit.
I'm thinking the pros and cons are the following:
pro - least expensive, possibly (I have to replace rear control arms no matter what, well, at least one but I want to upgrade from stock so that is two)
con - may result in lowest ride quality
Kevin's Offroad kit - http://www.kevinsoffroad.com/zj/zj_35kit.html
pro - seemed to be designed to offer the best value and performance, by a Jeeper for Jeepers
con - rear control arms are extra, which I need, and his option is pricey
Rubicon Express Kit - http://www.rubiconusa.com/store/prod...05&folderid=65
pro - seems to include all the parts I need
con - not sure what the cons are to this kit other than maybe some of the general things Kevin's Offroad says about kits in general
Previous posts have steered me away from the Tuff Country Kit and towards the RE kit. I'm thinking that at a cost of about $700 (I haven't looked around enough to see if the kit is available for less elsewhere) the RE 3.5" superride kit may be the route for me.
I had a couple of lingering questions still:
Hunter - How would you compare the handling of your ZJ from stock to now, especially when towing? (granted yours is a bit taller than I will go anytime soon)
Anyone - Should I look at getting hardware to adjust the position of my transmission/transfercase when I lift this, especially considering I want to retain (and, hopefully, improve) good towing ability?