Yep its still road legal, at least in Nevada, and they dont give me any trouble here in Sacramento. In Oregon, they told me to get it back on the trailer or put bigger fender and mud flaps. Its actually still used as our second car, Jeepchick uses it as a grocery getter, and we argue over who gets to drive it, when the weather is nice. I have a soft top, and doors that still fit on it, and are on now.
As far as the time on the build up. I bought the Jeep about 6 years ago, and built it up to 33" tires and 4" lift, within the 1st couple of months, I drove it like that for 3 years, including, running the hammers. About 3 years ago I went to an SOA, and the build ups have continued since.
Here is a pic with the top and doors on.
(sensibly altered for occasional off road use)
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