That was an awesome write up! The point of this post was to try to make this more affordable. Thanks for addressing those issues.
I like the price of those wheels you posted, it's now on my very short list. What do you think about Trail Worthy wheels, 3.5" backspacing with Guard Dogs?
I think those tires would be too stiff to run on a 2 dr unless you run very, very heavy armor.
If you really wanted to go economical, you'd buy most everything used, trim your own flares flat, and cut your front bumper into a stubby.
You'd buy a pair of already regeared and sleeved Rubicon axles and sell yours to offset the cost.
Used tires/wheels and parts sell for about 1/2 of new.
I did mine with:
$400 TF BB w/o shocks
$100 Skyjacker Hydro shocks net of rebate
$120 MORE body lift
Sold stock wheels and tires for $750
Steel wheels and 5 tires for about $1800
Regear was about $1300
Installed the sleeves and gussets during our local 4x4 club mod day to save labor cost.
Superchips was about $300.
I bought a pair of display bumpers (rear had a tire carrier) at EJS for less than the cost of a new rear bumper/tire carrier.
Relocated the EVAP for almost nothing with parts from local hardware store.
I ran a Warn M8000 winch for $500 new.
I found a pair of front take-off 4 dr Rubicon springs to get rid of the front sag after adding the winch and steel front stubby bumper.
I did buy a Rock Hard engine skid and used a Rock Hard EVAP skid.
I did buy Xenon flat flares but ended up taking them off and using trimmed stock flares instead.
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