NOW you could argue I think Nathan is smart 'cause his setup is now near identical to mine: '87=91 Bronco, 10.25 rear with shackle flip, D60 front, leaf sprung. But it's what Nathan DIDN'T do that makes him smart: he avoided incrementalism. I lifted the TTB, then I did the 10.25 swap, then shackle flip, then 8 lug TTB conversion (what a waste of time and money), then D60 front.
Nathan did also rebuild the EFI 460 and drop it in his Bronco, but that expense is purely optional and certainly not relevant to Juice's original post.
Now, for the cost of what I suspect most people have into a "quality" TTB lift with ext rad arms, possibly Superrunner steering, etc, Nathan has a very 'wheelable rig that'll go places with open diffs that TTB will hardly do with one locker. The donor rig gave him EVERYTHING: brackets for shackle flip, front leafs, hangers, and axles to name a few. In literally 4 months
time Nathan's rig arrived at the point that took me 4 years
to get to because of incrementalism.
If you've already dumped money into your existing setup, that's your problem. Life's a bitch, don't cry over spilt milk, don't throw good money after bad, etc etc, blah blah. Don't blame it on the equipment, blame it on the person who opened his wallet.
If I knew then what I know now I'd do one of two things: 3" body lift on the Bronco, 33's and maybe a rear LockRite until I could do what Nathan did. OR just buy an F350, remove the bed, lift it cheap and go 'wheeling.
But Juice you don't need new tires necessarily, I'm running 15" on my D60 front as is Nathan.