Well, I am not going any higher without seeing some serious problems with performance on the trail. Which means the goal is to get this thing to the trail in a condition that it can wheel and hopefully take me home afterwards.
I lower the jeep as a response to the areas that I wheel in around where I live. I was experiencing a lot of leaning on off camber stuff and "suspension unloading" on a lot of hill climbs and decents. If you think this is the wrong idea, please keep it to yourself. I try not to attack anyone in their build thread even if you idea is stupid, I ask you do the same thing. I am not trying to make a jeep do something it was create not to do, ie drive to work and drive offroad. I am just trying to build it for me for where I wheel. I am using bolt on parts. I am not cutting everything out and creating everything custom. I am not to that level yet. I apologize if I don't know the definition of every technical term, but I guarantee that I will google it and learn when someone says "you need to look at your what-cha-do-hicky" Also, I was getting terrible gas mileage on the highway and terrible ride quality. I dont know if the lowering will help with gas mileage or not but I wanted to try to see if it would effect it. And I will report back if it helps. I am glad for this forum and many others (jeep and non-jeep) but I also find the need to explore something for myself. Sometimes it is a great thing, sometimes not so much.
About the rear stretch, I have never seen a reason for this on MY jeep. I have never been too caught up on the rear while riding or had it rubbed hard enough to stop my wheeling to see a need to address that on my jeep. The rear bumper is boxed and flows all the way to the rear wheel openings which has allowed my tub to still be nice when it does get hit offroad. I think, if I am to low, I will just be dragged along the stock gas tank skid/bumper, so not really worried about that area either, right now. If there is something else that happens after some trail time, then that will get addressed also. (more than anything, I can't wait to have a savvy gts skid back there, I have had two used deals fall threw since I started changing the LJ around a couple months ago).
The front approach angle is where I have had the problems in the past which is why I was hoping to address it during this process. I did not plan on a stretch or anything like this a couple months ago, but I thought it would be something I could take care of when the problem presented itself. I still may be once I get under the jeep later this week if I can't dial everything back like it has been mention above.
Sorry to rant. And I really appreciate all that help everyone has given to this point and in the future.
06 WK 5.7 Hemi Overland
87 MJ Chief 57k original miles... getting built in the backyard.