Go do some wheeling stock! You never know how well you'll do stock until you try. "wheeling" is a subjective term and means many different things to many different people. You may end up wanting to do more than you think now or if you're like me, you're mod list may shrink once you realize what your Jeep can do already. I wanted to lock both axles and go an inch higher for lift but I haven't needed either for 95% of the wheeling I do. A simple BB and some bigger tires for clearance (especially the 4 door) can take you places older open diff jeeps just couldn't get. The BLD is an amazing feature and can be a great poor man's locker if you learn how to use it. My point is , go find out the weaknesses of YOUR jeep, doing the wheeling YOU do. Like these guys have said over and over buy what you want or need 1 time and do it right.
07 JK 4DR 3.5" Rubicon Express, C gussets, Front XHD stubby, winch, Taboo Customs rear bumper with tire carrier, Taboo Customs Rock sliders.
I've been researching pretty hard and even pulled a couple all nighters. My head is gonna explode...I read that Off Road Evolution is coming out with the EVO Enforcer Suspension System. It's a basic suspension system with 3.5″ of lift. It has King shocks and might be a sweet way to start the process for me. I can do this lift and then put on the 35's and wheels and re gear to 5.13 and I've been reading that with a 3.5 inch lift I'll need a new rear driveshaft also. Naturally have to determine how that MBRP muffler fits in there too. I can picture the Jeep in my head looking all nice and performing well.
If you are really worried about clearing the Garage door just Move. OK I'm Just Kidding.
Flat Fenders and 33" MT tires and Optional .75" - 1.5" leveling kit up front is starting to become a popular option and if that won't fit under your door WOW it must be under 6'-2".
In all of your mods I did not see any mention for Skid Plates / armor. I'd make ROCK Rails #1 before anything else including tires. Only cost $200 - $700 and will save you several thousand in Body damage. Mine have taken several hard hits and so far still look almost new.
It only takes getting stuck on a (rock, tree stump, high centered on hard dirt etc) ONCE to seriously funk up your body and ruin your day, week, month.
Tires & Wheels Lift Kits ... Listen to N2ROCK and MATTMAN... They have both tried a lot of stuff and have Nice Jeeps.
My Rubicon is mostly Stock for now only because until I break or wear out something I tend not to replace it. Call me a cheepskate.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes a revolution in order to establish a dictatorship. - Orwell
Comment about the driveshafts. The front driveshaft typically needs replaced before the front. If you think about it, the front is the shorter driveshaft. So as you lift, it is the one that gets the worst angle. Not saying that you won't need to replace the rear, it just won't be as critical as the front. I know guys that have done 3.5" lift and not need to replace the rear.
should I ask my mechanic of choice if they warranty their work - for example the re-gear
Re-gearing. Most shops will only warranty for the length that the gear manufacturer warrants the gears. And the gear manufacturers typically do like 60 or 90 days on the gears. The shops typically won't warranty beyond that because if the gear fails (from a manufacturer defect) beyond that period, then the shop is stuck footing the bill for new gears.
stock 2009 2 door JK (s package) deepwater blue with 6000 miles.
1) EVO Enforcer 2.5 (w/ 2.5" Diameter EVO SPEC King Remote Reservoir Shocks)(this is 3.5" lift)
a) EVO Plush Coils combined with EVO SPEC 2.5" with Reservoir Shocks
b) Front Adjustable Lower Control Arms
c) Rear Roll Center correction trackbar bracket
d) Brake line Extensions
e) Front and Rear Bump stop Extension