Originally Posted by Ross
ideas is what this place is about, no matter ho wlong you have been here.
A new bumper you may not have come accross is the RoadArmor one, it's a high price tag but worth a look at IMO. It's features include an integrated winch mount, integrated steering box skid, light mounts that don't block the radiator, and a bow-like front end that should in theory push things under the Jeep rather than come smacking into them. The flat face of the bumper is actually higher than the chassis rails.
Pictures are here, although I'm missing two of the lights and a roller fairlead, they're on their way to me in the Middle East.
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As for the Hemi, i've heard it's not an easy bolt in and you should probably talk to American Expedition Vehicles as so far I think they're the only ones that have one working near perfect. Research the posts by a character called "Bumpy" on JeepsUnlimited or Rubicon Owners Forum, he has the first customer 5.7L Hemi from AEV, and also is quite knowledgeable on the subject.
There was another guy with a white TJ who did his own drivetrain swap from a Dodge, think it went ok but I don't know what issues he came accross.
Personally, I would want AEV to do the work, the problem is the price.
Your list seems pretty good though, although I would prefer to have factory half doors over the Safari doors. The advantage to the Safari ones is you can see through them, but add some upper halves to the factory doors and a soft top and you can seal yourself from the elements when your full doors and hard top are back at the house.
And if your brother works at Jeep Engineering, tell him if he had anything to do with the Jeep Hurricane, then I really admire his work and wish they would build that thing. The drivetrain / steering on that is phenomenal.