I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I'm running a fiberglass tub. I got it used, so the choice was easy. Nobody was giving me a metal tub.
I like the fiberglass because there is no rust. There is nothing special about it other than the electrical issues. But if you have a rusty tub, it's likely that you have just as many demons in your jeep. Get a good quality harness, and you are set.
I don't get the one piece front ends either. Seem to be a major pain in the butt. That's a lot of weight on the hinges. I've never seen one that didn't seem flimsy. And there's some interference issues if you have a winch. Plus, if you hit a tree, break a fender, you are replacing the whole thing. Keep it simple, and go with the fenders, and hood, and grill.
The color isn't a big deal. Not to mention its a decision that is FAR down the road if you are doing a build up. Just keep the jeep in the back of your mind, then cruise some car lots, picking colors. It'll change a few times before you're ready to paint, so don't sweat it.
BFGs are a good tire. But I prefer the mud terrains. Either way you go, you'll be fine. I'm running Super Swampers right now, and like them the best.
If you already have the 304, I'd keep it. There isn't an "easy" engine swap. And that engine will make all the HP you need. Just water proof the electrical, and make sure all the connections are tight. Then get out there and get muddy!