After driving for about 3 days the 2nd gear in the transmission broke. Had to snatch it out and get it rebuilt. Decided to get a less aggressive shift kit in it also. It was barking the tires every time it would shift even if you were easy on it.
While the transmission was out I found a family style roll bar, cavalier seats, and decided to get some bed liner in.
After an exhausting fight with torx bolts on the roll bars I found rust under the base plates. My welding... well my welding is learn as you go and very sad. I'm learning though.
One of my front springs is bent. So I will be replacing them. I chose to go with BDS 5" Springs and the BDS 5500 shocks. I could not pass the up with the warranty. I pieced my suspension together and saved a lot over getting a complete kit. I also found if you buy BDS from your local dealer you can save over buying from their website.
I learned a while back I will probably need a beefier axle in the rear than the d35. With the V8 and the plan of going to 35's I decided to go with the popular Ford 8.8 Swap. I took my brother to the junk yard and found a 1999 explorer with 4.10 to go with. $160 + $17 to get a year warranty (already paid for itself)
I went checked door codes found a D2 got it home opened it up and it was stamped 3.73 on the ring gear. There was not an axle tag only the door code. I took it back the next morning being that I paid the $17 there were no questions asked I grabbed another from door code D2 but it did have an axle tag 4L10 so I did get the gear ration I wanted. So now I have a Ford Axle with 4.10 and a front axle with 3.07. I put a post on facebook with a couple of the local Jeepers looking for a front axle with 4.10 within an hour I had a deal set up.
Note: I also learned the front dana 30 changed the steering knuckle and calipers on the '92+ I was able to get new calipers from Autozone for $20 each. Also the new calipers come with bolts to mount to the steering knuckle.