I could really use some help and suggestions. I've had my 06 LJ for about a month. Its stock soft top with auto and 30x9.5's. Its not a dd, really for adventures, weekend off roading, fire roads and nighttime wheeling.
I just ordered some 15x8 wheels with 3.7" backspacing. My goal is to run 33" tires, probably 10.5's with as little lifting as possible. I haven't picked out tires but I'm not sweating them until I get the lift ordered. I've looked at the OME 2.5 from dpg and the zone combo but I wouldn't mind piecing together my own kit and saving for regear or sliders. I'm not stoked on doing a body lift but don't have a problem with it. I'd prefer 33's over 32's to make the regear more worthwhile. That's where I could use some advice on whether these pieces will work together well or at all.
2.5" OME springs 934 front
2.5" OME springs 942 or 949 rear
Bilstein 5100 24-185257 3" lift front
Bilstein 5100 24-185264 3" lift rear
Metalcloak front adjustable track bar
Metalcloak rear track bar bracket
Metalcloak or JKS front sway bar disconnects
Bump stop extention, I've got to work out. Body & mml lift, haven't figured out whether I should do these before or after suspension lift.
I really like the ride of the stock LJ. I wouldn't mind a little firmer ride on the street for good offroad capability. We occasionally travel 25-100 miles to get to get offroad. I'm usually loaded up with kids and gear when we take it out. I may occasionally pull a 3 rail motorcycle trailer. No plans yet for a winch & heavier rear bumper/carrier but who knows as the budget recovers and I'd rather not have a heavy spare wheel/tire hanging on the tailgate.
heavy duty OME springs if youre going to armor it out. If you're really looking at as a low as possible, high clearance flares are the way to go (i'm 2.5" with 35s). But to run 33s, the OME springs should give you plenty of lift. Bilsteins have their lovers and their haters on here. Personally I have nothing against them, but if I was going OME springs, I'd get their shocks too.
You'll probably want 4.56s for gears, could also go 4.88 if you wanted to. Personally a fan of BDS springs, their cost vs value is high IMO. They also do a fox shock tuned for their stuff.
2-3.5" lift, 33s, high clearance flares, you'll have a LCOG rig, throw so armor and lockers and have fun. I know one of the guys in my group runs the full Metal cloak system (S/A lift) at 3.5" with 33s on his LJ. Very capable rig. I will say as your build goes, build control arms into your budget (metal cloak or currie/savvy) if you really want the most out of your jeep.
I have a LJ + 33x12.5s on 15" rims w/ 3.75 back space
For my rig I used 934 & 949, Rough Country arms, Addco sways (f&r), JKS discos, home made rear discos and Monroe gas shocks (from a F350- don't remember the details). I also have f&r steel bumpers, rocker armor, UCF 1/4" steel tuck skid plate and 1/4" aluminum gas & engine skids. Also have a highlift and some tools on board and probably more things I forgot. Finally it has Besttop flat flares, some very minor trimming and bump stops matched to the uptravel...
I think my on road ride is great, and with the Addco sways it handles better than a stock LJ. It does what I want off road, and I'm happy, but if I did more off/odd camber trails, I'd probably switch to Antirock sway bars. Someday I'd like to get Bilsteins, but I might add some lift and do 35s, so I haven't wanted to spend the $$$ needed for Bilsteins. I'm sure I have left a few things off, but it's been 7 yrs of fixing/building/upgrading, so some details are fuzzy.
The 33x12.5s do rub the arms a bit, but I had 33x10.5s and they fit without any rubs.
I think you're planning the rig right. I'd make sure your bump stops match your body/tires and you should be good.
I liked the stock ride of my 04, until I did the rock krawler 3.5 short arm and bilsteins...Much better ride, wallows more on road, but you get used to that...I drive mine to Kingman to hunt, so no issues there. I'm in Norco, hit me up if you want to test drive it.