^^All good advice, especially the attempted "ass raping" of that shop - RUN and don't look back!
One thing is, you didn't mention your budget ...
As for suspension, you're looking to mall crawl it. Maybe some dirt/fire roads & beach trips, right? Personally, if that were my criteria / use, I would forgo the suspension lift and go with a body lift. Rough Country makes this one: http://www.roughcountry.com/jeep-bod...kit-rc600.htmlHERE
- It's cheap
- A body lift won't change the handling of your jeep - should not have any gremlins to chase down
- It's pretty easy to do. Can be done in the driveway with a few wooden blocks (2x4's) and a jack - 2 or 3 friends helping wouldn't hurt either
- cheap, did I mention it's cheap
You'd be surprised what a stock JK can do offroad, so no rush to go out and splurg on a high $$ lift.
Tire & wheels will run $2k-$3k depending on what you want
. With your intended purpose, I'd look at some AT's in 315/70r17 size. You can run stock wheels with 35's if you get wheel spacers
. I like the look of the stock aluminum wheels painted/powder coated/plasti-dipped black. But, that's just me.
As for regear, drive it with 35's for a while. You might loose 5th gear, but that's no big deal. If you hate it, then look into 4.56 gears and you'll need between $1200 - $1800 depending on shops in your area.
good luck, and whatever you decide, post up pics