Re: Lift Ideas...?
Second, fill in your info before Leve gets to you....
Third...good post...your asking the right questions and have an idea of where you want to go.
At this stage, your going to get a couple of different opinions regarding which way to go, so lets look at the big long term picture.
First...driveline vibrations. Anything over 3" will give you vibrations. You can spend lots of time and hassel trying to shim the rear and drop the xfer case, but at the end of the day, the best way to go is with a CV driveshaft. Best $300 I ever spent. Plus, it will let you go with lifts that the droped xfer case will never allow. Trust me on this one.
Next..gears. Rule of thumb, 4.10 gears with 32-33" tires, and 4.56 gears with 35". While your at it, this is a good time to consider a locker...any change in gears over 3.73 will require a carrier change anyway...might as well make it a locker and do the gear setup only once. (translation...save $$$)
Last...lift...and the topic of most discussions. Personally, if you think your going to run 35" tires, then I would go with SOA (Spring Over Axle). With stock springs, you can expect about 5 1/2" of lift and a ride that feels like stock, but articulates very well. About the only thing better is a coil over. The only way your going to get a decent ride with 4" springs is to spend big bucks on a really good set of National or Old Man EMU springs. Anybody else and your kidneys will hate you. I would also stay away from body lifts and extended shackels..all your doing is adding weakness. Personally, I think body lifts don't look good and tend to create their own set of problems....like the brake lines that go from your master cyl to the frame...the list goes on. There is a ton of info on SOA. Do a search and you will get a good idea of what is involved. I would say that the SOA would be less work than the combination of spring and body lift.
Hope this helps...let us know what you do.....and send some pics