Thanks to everyone for all of the encouraging words...
Here is my build summary for "Sarge", my 2013 JK Rubicon--though a Jeep is never truly ever finished. After all, a Jeep is just a down payment on accessories. I am considering this my Stage 1.5 build since it decidedly more than just a budget boost lift and new wheels, but also falls short of a 4" long arm lift and 37+" tires (...someday...). For a daily driver and weekend warrior I think it fits my needs almost perfectly---almost because for about 340 days a year it is perfect but the other 16 I wish I had more lift and bigger tires!
List of components including vendor source, pricing and personal rating:
***** Great item and great quality. Considered an absolute "must-have".
**** Good item and quality. Would definitely buy it again. No complaints.
*** Decent item and/or quality. Impartial but would likely buy it again.
** Poor item and/or quality. Would not likely buy again. Look for alternatives.
* Utter Crap. Regret wasting money on item. Destined for scrap bin.
No rating: Haven't installed or used item.
Lift: AEV 2.5" Dual Sport Lift (Northridge 4x4) $949.95 ****
Axle Gussets: EVO Inner-C (Northridge 4x4) $60.99 ****
Front Sway Bar Links: EVO HD Links (EVO Mfg) $94.99 ***
(B) Wheels and Tires:
Wheels (5qty): Black Rhino "Imperial" 17x9 (Les Schwab) $161.00ea ***
Tires (5qty): Toyo Open Country MT 295/70-17 (Les Schwab) $335.00ea ****
(C) Front Bumper:
Smittybilt XRC MOD Center (4 Wheel Parts) $399.99 **
Smittybilt XRC MOD Bull Bar (4 Wheel Parts) $49.99 **
Smittybilt XRC MOD Mid-Width End Caps (4 Wheel Parts) $99.99 **
Winch: Smittybilt X2O 8000# (4 Wheel Parts) $399.99 **
(D) Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier:
Rear Bumper: Smittbilt SRC Rear Bumper (Quadratec) $499.99 *
Tire Carrier: Teraflex HD Hinge and Tire Carrier (Northridge 4x4) $499.99 ****
Jack Mount: Rugged Ridge Jack Mount - Modified (Quadratec) $94.99 ****
(E) Armor and Protection:
Siders: Ace Rock Sliders (Northridge 4x4) $319.95 *****
(F) Auxiliary Lighting:
Bumper: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Fog Lamp Pack (Quadratec) $176.99 ****
Windshield: KC Slimlight 100 Watt Driving Lamp Pack (Quadratec) $169.99 ****
Lower Bumper: Cree High Power (10w) LED Light (Amazon) $26.00ea **
Switch Mount: Rugged Ridge A-Pillar Switch Pod (Quadratec) $29.99 ****
Windshield Mount: Poison Spider A-Pillar Mount (Northridge 4x4) $29.99 *****
(G) Interior and Misc:
Seat Covers: Coverking Neoprene Seat Covers (Quadratec) $169.99 ****
Tailgate Storage: Smittybuilt G.E.A.R Tailgate Cover (Quadratec) $59.99 *****
Grab handle: Master Craft Roll Bar Handle (4 Wheel Parts) $19.99 ***
Fire Extinguisher Mount: Rugged Ridge (4 Wheel Parts) $26.99 ***
Inclinometer: Rugged Ridge Inclinometer (O'Riley Auto Parts) $29.99 ***
Window Vent: AVS Ventvisor (Quadratec) $44.99 ***
Tuner: AEV Procal (AEV) $149.00 ****
Tow Harness: Cooltech Tow Harness Kit (Cooltech) $119.99 *****
Snatch Block: Smittybilt 18,000# (Quadratec) $24.99 ***
Hi-Lift Jack Accessory: Wheel Lift Adapter (Amazon) $34.09 ***
D-Ring Shackles 7/8 Shackles: (Northridge 4x4) $19.99 ***
Receiver Shackle: (4 Wheel Parts) $29.99 **
Recovery Strap: 30' x 2" Strap (4 Wheel Parts) $39.99 ***
Tree Saver: ARB 16'x3" 26,500# Tree Protector (Quadratec) $47.99 ***
Mirrors: Rugged Ridge Mirror Relocation (Quadratec) $59.99 ***
Soft Top: Bestop Trektop NX Frameless Top (Quadratec) $655.99
Trail Doors: Body Armor Tube Trail Door (Quadratec) $289.99