For the sake of keeping this moving, heres some more progress.
I went cheap on the lift as Im not 100% certain that I wont upgrade to 4.5" down the road. Used FatBobs garage 3" spacers (same as I used on my 01 with good results) and a long add a leaf. Until I track down fair priced JK Rubi shocks I just spaced up my lower front shock mounts for now.
Prior to tearing anything down I PB Blasted all the bolts for a few days. My last 99 XJ was options wise the same exact Jeep but a lot rougher, and I named it "Resistance" because it fought me the whole way through. Seemed like I broke every bolt I touched on that Jeep. Broke trackbar bolt, u-bolts, swaybar links, LCA bolts, nearly everything. With how clean this Jeep was I expected things to go much smoother.
Starting with the trackbar I noticed it was wore out badly so I pulled the frame side off first. Took a BFH but it came out without too much fuss. By taking frame side off first this guaranteed me that the axle side bolt would not be under any extra pressure. I put a lil pressure on it and broke the head off almost instantly. Piss. Cut the old bolt out and replaced it with 10mmx75mm 1.5p metric grade 12.9 bolt and grabbed a new tracbar. With exception to one swaybar endlink the front end went smooth otherwise.
The rear went downhill. The Hulk torqued down my u-bolts, so I had to slowly muscle those off, but otherwise all was ok until i got to the shocks. Rear upper shock mount breakage has been well documented, and lets just say ive been there a time or seven. I left those alone since I did not have any replacement shocks at the time. I went to unbolt the nut on the lower mount and snapped all the threads off. Uhhh ohhh. Other side? SNAP.
Checked the forums to see others with the problem cut and drilled it all out but thats a big job. The load bearing shank was still instact, only the threads were absent. Ill get pics of my fix later on but I just grinded the remaining threads away, welded threads from a grade 8 bolt back on and put it back together. Holding up great. To sum it all up, the rear end had the sparks a-flyin'.
Finished height on training wheels.