I'm in Mesa also.
I haven't been out in over a year. Need to find some wheeling buddies and time.
I purchased the WJ already built (Absolute Offroad built for previous owner), and didn't realize that the front axle was bent. This is my DD and as such I have put over 35K on it since May '09 (with the bent axle).
I've finally found a replacement axle and will be installing next Friday 1/29 (Absolute Offroad). Next (couple of weeks) I will replace the front DS with a double cardan unit (AO is installing the new yoke on Friday as well). Tires will be the next priority. Gears will come later this year.