i'll try to help..... you asked how much lift to fit 31's with the stock coils...well.. any real lift is new coils anyway...but a 2" body lift might prevent rubbing.. remember that the tj flexes a ton.. your allways going to rub a bit in the most severe conditions...especially if you can actually find 12.50 tires(there are usually 31x10.5)
the dana 44/traclock is the ONLY way to go
lifting a tj is more difficult than a cj or yj.. the cj is the easiest, but the tj needs mods done to the transfer case to do it right. get A/C in the tj.. them you get a 117 amp alternator and a better battery. the dana 44 option comes with 8" wheels... thats nice for lager tires later.
I am continually amazed with my tj.. just don't cut corners on cost.. you must have the d-44, and that means you have to get the sport with the 4.0 and you are allready looking at about $20000
tj-7..tellico tested, uwharrie safaried, [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]..see it at http://www.jeepgod.net
oh yeah, and a 2000 tj, 4.0, dana 44, nv3550