Re: Help me design my beast...I\'m gonna keep it.
"I live in the high desert, the vehicle will have to be road friendly, able to articulate steep loose rocky (almost gravel) inclines, sandy valleys, water crossings and mud"
The "desert" part worries me. If you want high speed pre-runner stuff, keep the TTB. But for what you describe above, there's no question a solid axle will be superior. My SAS hooks up much better on steep, loose climbs, it's just able to have more tire contact, esp if even little moguls are involved. It's also much more stable in any situation - no more dirty shorts!