After several conversations with Blaine, too many days spent BS'ing at his place and a run through Johnson Valley with him this is what I came up with (had most of this but still spent a bundle supporting Gerald):
Savvy/Currie 4" lift with steel lowers and aluminum uppers
Currie Front Anti-Rock CE-9900
Savvy TJJ Front Track Bar CE-9120TJJ
Currie/Savvy Rear Track Bar CE-9123
Currie Steering CE-9701 (For $60 more get the Savvy ULT-KIT)
Fox 12" travel external reservoir shocks on PolyTowers rear/fabbed towers in the front
Raceline RT233 Monster Beadlocks
35" Goodyear MT/Rs
Savvy gas tank skid
Savvy under armor
HP30 front with Currie mini skids, Black Magic/Centric brakes, new Spicer ball joints, Currie JJ conversion and the Blaine tie-rod flip.
Superior Evo axle shafts in both ^^
4:56 or 4:88 gears depending on your trans (I have 4:88's)
Quality lockers, I run ARB's front and rear with a dedicated pump
Call Gerald at Savvy, he has all of this, can't beat his prices and you can save a bundle on shipping if you go pick it all up, he's sorta right down the 10 freeway from you.
Keep away from big, wide heavy bumpers and carriers. When I ran JV with Blaine, no one carried a spare or gas cans or anything else hanging over back
If you must have one the OR-Fab is a great choice.
I'm sure I forgot something...
Oh, tons of patience, common sense and the absolute ability to always, always always keep your eyes on Blaine when he is spotting you
That will get you going and pretty well take care of that $10k
If you're serious about rock-crawling, and you're within walking distance of JV, head over there when some of the more experienced folks are on a run and snag a right seat ride. You'll learn more just being there than by anything else.
And Blaine is actually a very kind, sensitive, caring individual, drop him a line
And then run up an "easy
" trail like Sunbonnet with Blaine
We'll be down at Superstition Mt OHV near El Centro the weekend of the 2/17-19, feel free to head down, it's not far from you. Some of the best rock-crawling around. We'll get some good wheeling in