Re: new member
Just my personal recommendation. I'm new to this list but have been wheeling for years in close to stock vehicles due to raising 3 kids & lack of funds. Go out & do some wheeling with your truck the way it is, in stock or close to stock form milder trails will be enough of a challenge. You can save up some money while getting to know your truck. Become an experienced driver, I've seen a mild truck with $4000.00 - $5000.00 into it with a good driver negotiate trails more elegantly than a novice driver in a rig with $30K tied up in it. Do a lot of research & don't jump the gun on lifts & big tires, 35's with 3.42 gears won't help your performance off-road. Don't be too anxious to do modifications or you're likely to spend/waste money, like getting too tall a tire & not having the money to install lower gears.
Try to come up with a plan & do the mods in the correct order so you don't have a cool looking truck that won't perform off-road. Remember you need to eat once in a while too as this can become an obsession. Ask a lot of questions here and listen to those who have a rig similar to what you want. Welcome to the list & have fun.
Andy Bridgeman Longmont, CO '87 Samurai '88 K3500