Alright... so here's a few updates:
1) 4WD Parts said they ordered the T.W. drive shaft March 16th... a week later it still hadn't came in, so I called T.W. and he said an order was never placed. 4WD Parts found out the order got "hung up" in their global purchasing department. So I just told them I would just order it myself...
2) I ordered the T.W. 1310 Rubicon drive shaft and it's scheduled to arrive tomorrow (Wednesday, March 30th) morning. Once it gets here, I'm running it up to 4WD Parts to have the alignment finally done.
3) In the free time I've had since the jeep has been gone, I was able to work on the XJ breakdown... the remaining parts will be listed soon... but I have already sold the tub, engine, and transmission. Some parts that will be listed are: PIAA lights, IPF Lights, Kooks Custom Header, T.W. Drive shaft, Painless dual battery setup with 2 like-new batteries included, 12 disc CD changer, XM radio module & antenna, etc., etc.
4) With the garage finally clear of the XJ, my last three projects before wheeling this summer will be: (1) the garage hardtop hoist, (2) finishing the PIAA light installs, and (3) installing the currie antirock. Once I get my TJ back, I'll start laying everything out and figuring out how I want to build the hoist... but it seems very easy and straight-forward. I'll be using ideas from each of these links to come up with how I'll be doing it: Link 1
, Link 2
, Link 3
. For the PIAA light install, I'll be using this link for hooking up the switch: Link
. And lastly, for the currie antirock install, I'll be using this link: Link
If I get some free time sometime this summer, I'll go ahead and order / install front and rear side panels and the rockers... but I gotta wait for them to go on sale + free shipping. I can't justify $2000 on fenders and rockers and then drop another $350 on shipping. I'll be buying everything from either MetalCloak or T&T Customs. I like T&T Customs rear armor / fenders much better, but I like MetalCloaks front armor / fenders much better and you dont have to use an aftermarket air intake.
This is an excellent thread, and I haven't even finished reading it all yet. Bravo sir.