As I mentioned earlier, I want to keep it streetable. I'm doing a disk brake setup in the rear, which gives me 2 options for production calipers: chevy 3/4 ton fronts or eldorado rears. The eldorados have a parking brake feature (mechanical parking brake required for inspection), but I've heard their braking performance, as well as the parking brake performance, is poor. The chevy front calipers have a pretty good reputation, so I'll use those. To solve the parking brake dilema, I ordered a transfer case brake from All Pro Offroad. I searched around online for a while to try and find someone who made a rotor to fit a RE hack 'n tap flange pattern to no avail. I could get a complete NP231 kit, but it requires upgrading the splines, and would require a new driveshaft. So, I ordered this kit from All Pro (a Toyota outfitter), and re-drilled it to fit the hack 'n tap. I can retrofit this product to fit my application for about half the price or less than a complete 231 kit would run me.
In other news, I found a set of new dodge steel wheels locally for a good price. I want to use a stock wheel to tuck in the overall width. Since fender flare coverage will be required for the street, I want them to look the least stupid as possible. I know this much backspacing means that the hub will stick out beyond the tire, but I'll see how bad it is once they're mounted on the axle. Hopefully this setup won't create a problem with my lower links up front. I have another set of wheels with 2 or 3 inches less backspacing that I could put another set of tires on in the future. I also got a set of 38.5x11x16 SS Boggers. They measure just shy of 37".
While waiting for parts to arrive, I spent a little time trying to figure out how I want to modify my non-winch bumper to accomodate the newly-acquired winch. I think I have a pretty good idea now:
As it sits now, the Jeep has no rear axle, shocks, springs, or gas tank. Everything under the cargo bay is stripped off so I can get to work reinforcing everything. I'm going to complete everything in the rear, and then flip it around and build the front.