I am not that worried about rolling my wj after the build because I would have the full cage inside and out. The main reason I am leaning to a buggy is because it is more capable. The way my dub sits now works very well for expedition type wheeling. Lol if I could just keep the damn front shafts from breaking. Maybe I should try a little less skinny pedal or just swap a 44 in the front.
I am not really wanting to compete in KOH I just enjoy huge obstacles and going fast.
Honestly WJ's can be build plenty capable. There are only 3 (huge) limiting factors on these things compared to a buggy when you go all out on a build, weight, body width and rocker height. The weight is honestly a really interesting subject, and I personally do NOT think weight is such a bad thing. I use my WJ's momentum to my advantage all the time, by giving myself a rolling start on obstacles (and breaking 9"s haha), but it's own momentum pulls it up over obstacles. Also, trophy trucks are in the 6-7000lb range, and they are the role models of go fast
The other two factors are the huge ones that are hard to ignore. The WJ is a big sum***** no matter how you look at it. Width doesn't really limit me on the trails I'm generall attempting, but I've also given up my worry for body panels because of how often they hit. A lot of buggy chassis nowadays are in the 48" wide range, probably 2 feet narrower overall than our WJ.
Rockers are the final thing that totally screw us. Though if your thinking buggy, you should consider removing your WJ's doors permenantly and boatside like a foot up the sides (Like CrawlerReady's ZJ, great build). I've chopped out my rockers and knocked an inch and a half out of my doors for clearance. That's just about the max you can do while retaining fully functional windows, but it still bites me in the ***
You should check out my build thread for some inspiration, I'm getting rid of one of the issues with my WJ, the width of the front end with a sweet dovenose . I've taken 13" of width out of the grill, and am keeping the original headlights hehe
Ill be glad to see it transform as well.
I believe the determining factor was last week I changed all of my ball joints with the adjustable flavor. After the job was done and them adjusted all the way in my tires where still not straight. After a closer inspection we discovered that my dana 30 housing is bent. Probably half an inch or more on the long side. That with the crushed control arm mount on the frame I decided it was best to go ahead and build the dub.
Hopefully in a couple of years I will get to build a bad *** buggy..... we will see.
It's a shame that the buggy deal fell through. At least you've got plans for the dub though. I don't know how you do it. But my Jeep is my DD as well, and I fear tearing it up. So I'm overly careful. You've got plans that will iron out the damage though. So you're going through with the axle swap and the whole shebang?