I know none of you care and the response will likely be "Don't let the door hit you in the *** on your way out", but I'm going to ramble for a minute anyways. I spent way too much time on these forums in the last year, even if my post count doesn't necessarily reflect it.
I picked up this Jeep because a friend was selling it and gave me a deal. I needed a daily driver and figured this would be a good one. She came a long way...
Cheap parts are a slippery slope. I've dumped way too much money into this thing, because you always need one more thing to supplement the parts you already have. Maybe I bit off too much with the 4.5" lift...because then I needed 33's to fill the wheel wells...and 33's on 3.55's suck, so I needed 4.88's for driving around town...and there's no use regearing a Dana 35, so I bought a Dana 44...and you see where this is going. At the end of the day, I'm left with no time, no money, and a sweet looking vehicle with NOWHERE to wheel.
I'll never get back the hundreds of hours I have cutting, welding, grinding, wrenching, and swearing on this thing, but hopefully I can get back some of the money. I need a decent daily driver. I want time to work on my other projects.
Someone's going to get an incredible deal on this. All my stuff is HERE. Check it out.
Peace and grease, Jeep brothers. May my parts (and Jeep) happily live on in another life.
1996 Cherokee Sport - 4x4 4.0L - Wheeling Project
1986 Mazda RX-7 Turbo - 400RWP project - 2000 Saturn SC1 - Turbo RWD project
1996 Suzuki Bandit 600 - Frame up restore project - Too Many Projects!!
1991 Chevrolet K1500 - 4x4 5.7L 5spd - For Sale (Cheap!)
Exactly why I'm not jumping into anything more than a budget boost prior to building a rear axle for a long term setup. A big lift gives the most visually but as you found out the hard way it takes the biggest toll and money also.
Recovery and basic armor, axle, then suspension and tires imo.
It's much easier to pickup an axle for cheap and build it over a few months with a tire and suspension setup in mind than it is to throw on a big lift and tires and play catch up on all the things you didn't think of.
Park the Jeep and let it off your mind for a while and work on something else. If you sell it for so cheap you're going to regret it far more later than you regret building it now.
I have to say you kind of built the wrong rig. I live in a place where there is no legal wheeling, and have built my jeep accordingly. I'm sure if I had a jeep that required much more work, I wouldn't be able to enjoy the work I would be putting into it. Building a wheeling rig is an expensive never-ending hobby. If you can't enjoy the hobby part, then it just becomes expensive. Good luck to ya in the future man.