Re: How many SFA guys are runnin around here?
JR has it right. I'm going SFA because there really isn't much for desert terrain, and the only real good beach running happens in very early spring at the reservoir about 2 hours from my place. I don't get out much except for on long weekends, and depending on the snow pack in the mountains, i may only get to hit that beach on the May Long weekend (I'm in Canada, and it's the 3rd weekend of may.) The nearest desertlike conditions are about five or six hours from me, and that's just too much driving for a day trip, or a weekend. Everything else I do except for the fire roads up to the trailhead scream SFA, so yeah, I bought an axle (It's a Dana 30, it'll get me through next summer, then I can save up for a set of Dana 44s.)
Wise man once told me, learn to 'wheel with what you have. If you constantly find yourself getting stuck or breaking stuff, then upgrade. No shame in running IFS for a few years, or for ever.