Man, I'll tell you, the thing we have the most problem with is "potholes." Not pits, not trenches, but little holes, pockmarks in the trail. I'll try to take pictures when there's not two feet of snow over the top of them, but we're talking just a foot or two across, but maybe six or eight inches deep, and often steep-sided. It's like hitting a rock, only reversed. And on my YJ and most of my XJs, you hit and they just throw you at the roof - or the roll cage, on the YJ. And nothing I've tried thus far really "smooths" them out. We ended up selling the YJ because it was just impossible to offroad under these kinds of conditions: you could go 10, maybe 15, and that's...not really how I do things.
What I can't figure out - because I get conflicting answers every time I talk to anyone - is where to start. First, no one can tell me if a YJ or CJ - way cheaper to start with, and I like 'em old - can be built to handle these conditions. And then even when people can agree on what platform to start with, some people will tell me it's springs that determine stiffness, some people will tell me shocks, some people arm length. I mean, ultimately, what you want is a longarm rig with long-travel shocks and soft springs, with good pneumatic bumpstops, but if it's going to cost me several grand just to get started, I need to find my *** a new hobby!
So I'm trying to figure out, 1) the best platform to start with [CJ/YJ or TJ], and then 2) what order to go in from there. And I figure, given the intentions of your rig, and its clear capabilities in that regard, you're probably the guy to talk to.