Just to clear the air of some of the previous posts....
Savvy, Curry, OME are the upper end of lifts. Many swear by it, and if price not an consideration, I would have bought a Curry Long arm for my TJ.
You will also get many that unless you spend big $$$ on one of the top tier systems then you are "doing it wrong!" and buying crap.
Zone, rough country and some of the "budget" systems offer the lift you want with a price that is more down to earth...so to speak!
Don't get me wrong...there are the low, low tier kits that have aweful reviews and are really not worth their money.
So you get both sides of the fence...the upper tier saying you are buying crap that will break, and the lower tier saying that it's a waste of money and the budget kits offer the same options.
Don't get bogged down with all of the hype and arguing with what is the best company, etc.
Decide what "your" needs are and your budget...then go from there. There are many systems out there that will get you the performance/looks you are looking for in your price range.
As for myself, even though I could have bought the Curry (with a little saving
) I opted for a smaller budget system to see if:
1. I really enjoyed wheeling enough to spend serious money into it.
2. If there are even enough places around to wheel.
3. If I do break it, it means I was doing it right! lol
While I did spend a little more than you did, for a few extra more offroad mods, you can easily do what you are looking for to drive the street and the light offroading you are looking for.
My next question would be...what size tires are you looking to run? That in itself will lead to what size lift you should be looking at.
As far as tires....I fit a 33x12.50R15 on my stock 2001 TJ for a month before I got my lift.
As a previous poster said, depending on what is creating your rough ride, new springs and shocks may not correct it, so be ready for that.
Finally, for my rig I bought a 4" Zone lift. It came with what I needed except for rear upper adjustable control arms and extended brake lines (which I could have gotten away with for a while if I didn't release my sway bar, but what fun would that be?
) With the 4" lift, it opened a can of worms as far as driveline that should not be an issue if you stay under 3", but the MML with a body lift for me is almost a no brainer.
I also put on a 1.25 BL...so total of 5.25" and I am only running 33's! But without the sway bar attached I can bury them in the fenders with it flexing.
Here is a little Zone kit....
And if I may, call Jeff at www.rockridge4wd.com
, I have called him on many parts and he has not yet failed me in beating anyone's price around, even his own listed internet price! He's a good guy with great prices.
Good luck! and we want before and after pics!