I saw them yesterday. Glad to see they finally allowed you some ramp time!
Sometime this summer, I want to finish that trail now too! It's really starting to bug me that I turned around. First time on the road though, so I can imagine there would be a few bugs to work out before its 100%. Definitely gotta lift it some though so I don't keep rubbing and ripping fender flares off too. I'm really kicking myself for selling my old lift springs, especially for only $80.00!
Might just look into a SOA lift. Does that really affect handling at all?
Took me some time to work the bugs out also. I've logged a lot of miles both on the street and in the woods, and I still work out the bugs about every weekend.
I love my SOA. The ride of stock springs, with the lift to go with it. I've never ridden in a CJ with a top of the line lift such as a OME, but no other lifted CJ I have ever ridden in with 4+ inches of lift has come close to the soft ride of SOA.
It is a lot of work, but you have the fab skills, so the expense isn't any more than a lift would be. Other than the spring perches, all of the other stuff is what you would have to do with a 4" lift anyhow. Drive line angles (DC driveshaft), longer brake lines, longer parking brake cable, steering correction, ladder bar, etc...
Sticking with your 33's, you wouldn't need any changes to axles, gears, brakes other than what you are running now. They would tuck nicely into the wheel wells also. I trimmed mine a tad to stuff the 35's.
There's no way I could take a three hour ride up there (at 60-65 mph), wheeling for four hours, and a three hour trip back home in a Rough Country 4" lifted CJ. My back would be locked up tight.