Oh ya, you turned down the same road I did. I see lots of similarities.
At some point we all lose our minds right
I'm right at 3.25"-3.5" lift too. 16" coilovers and 7" of shaft showing at ride height. My bypass's (longer of the two) just stick through the hood.
Fourplyn and I go wheeling and I really started paying attention to the crazyness he did once I started going down this path. Im almost regretting 14" and thinking I should have done 16". He is at something stupid like 16" or 19" belly clearance with 16" coilovers with 8" up so he Jeep is actually lowered
I also spent a lot of time staring at the build picks from Crispy. I ended up moving the new front frame rails in about a frame width and raised them until they touched the core support mount. Making that section out of 2"x3" also gained a couple more inches of clearance to the bottom of the frame. That bought me almost a full frame height of room.
I started reviewing Crispy and I was like damn this was impressive the first time I saw it but now I really appreciate it.
I dont think I can raise the frame like that. It would raise the steering box and then I have some steep angles to deal with.
Anything you can do to get the grill forward will be a good thing.
I do think it would be cool to run my JL hood even if it probably only nets me an inch.
Depending on how high you end up getting in one wheel full stuff and full lock, the factory cage things that the fenders and core support attach to are probably going away anyway.
I figure we would end up at least cutting the bottom of the 2 supports. Who knows might end up doing a full engine cage like you. Im concerned with where everything that is mounted to those supports is going to go. Computers, battery, fuse box etc... All that crap is most likely occupying space that those 42s are going want to get into.
And yes, it does suck to have to admit to Dirtman that he's right. It's like admitting you have a drug problem............then getting high.
I knew it was going to be difficult so I wouldnt say I was saying he was wrong...