Well, I'm gathering parts for my LJ build. I am still overseas for a few more weeks, but I have a growing pile of parts waiting on me. When I get home, I'll have about three weeks to turn wrench and get this thing "done" before I drive cross-country to Moab. So I thought now was a good time to get this started, because I won't have a whole lot of time when I get home. Also, if anyone has built something similar, and sees something that I'm missing, ie parts being incompatible or something I'm not accounting for, please speak up.
Here is what I'm working with. It's my second Jeep, and I bought it last fall. 2005 LJ, Impact Orange, 42RLE, soft top, and completely stock except for a Banks exhaust system that the previous owner installed. 28k miles when I bought it.
What I'll be installing when I get home:
-15x8 Pro-comp aluminum wheels
-33x12.50R15 tires (most likely Falken Wild Peaks, but not completely sure yet-opinions welcome)
-2.5" OME Suspension Lift
-JKS Track Bars, front and rear
-Savvy Adjustable Aluminum Control Arms (all 8)
-4.88 gears for D30 and D44. Lock-right up front, Grizzly in the rear
-Atlas II, 4.3 gears, 32 spl outputs, and appropriate speedo gear
-JKS 1.25" BL
-Brown Dog 1" MML
-Savvy Front and Rear Bumpers
-T&T Customs Hi-clearance Aluminum Belly Pan and Oil Pan Skid
-Autometer Trans Temp Gauge
-PSC Trans Cooler
-Griffin Radiator (I've had heat issues in the past with my TJ--trying to be proactive about this)
-A to Z Fab Hood Louver Panel
-CB Radio, unsure of brand/model
-Will obviously need some new driveshafts
I'm trying to build this thing to be very light and street-friendly, but off-road capable. As much as I hate to admit it, this thing will be on pavement 90% of the time, so comfort and MPG definitely matter.
So what am I overlooking? Criticism is welcome.