Buying option opinions needed!
So after doing tons of research, I still can't determine if I should get a WJ with or without Vari-Lok axles. I want the 4.7HO and was looking at the limiteds and the overlands from 2002-2004. Some background about me. I had a 2003 KJ that was lifted, locked, and wheeled hard. I go to the sand dunes a lot and do some moderate rock crawling. It was sadly totaled last week and I am looking at the WJ because of the power and size increase, and I am sick of IFS. I can't find an HO V8 WJ without Quadra-Drive, and ultimately I would like to have a 4.7HO with selec-trac and selectable locked axles (which is what my KJ had). So...
1) Is the NP247 T-case reliable, strong, and is the front axle engagement jerky?
2) how long does the front axle take to engage after the rear begins to spin?
3)Are the vari-lok Axles durable, strong, consistent, and long-lasting? Clutches wear out often?
4) Can the FRONT D30 vari-lok axle have a different locker installed, or do you have to change the carrier and shafts like the rear?
5) Overland vs. Limited?
6) Was the HO V8 offered with quadra-trac II?
I plan on doing the IRO 4" lift, and running 265/75/16's.
Thanks in advance.