Update and a vid to go with:
A few months ago I picked up a Rancho RS5409 steering stabiliser and a pair of quick disconnects of the Grand Wookie Jedi.
The SS is exactly what I needed, whereas the discos were more on the side of 'really didn't need and probably never will', but they were second hand for a nice price and I saw it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. So I grabbed them.
I promptly installed them, but as baby is not of 4wding age, the car didn't leave the tarmac for months! I was itching to get out so organised for mum to look after bub one day while wifey and I went on our first trip with the Melbourne jeep club a couple of weeks ago. We did Toolangi and then jumped over the Maroondah and drove some steep stuff around Marysville.
We had an absolute blast! I took the discos out when we did some rocky ledges on a very steep incline and they made the job so much easier! With my stock tyres, the diffs gave me the lowest ride height of any car in the 14 vehicle convoy, but I was able to stay planted where others were popping wheels all over the place. This was the most difficult obstacle of the day but I feel I got through it with a lot more grace than a number of more capable cars.
WK2 on rocky section
My WJ on same section
I've purchased all the parts needed for my lift. I picked up a set of Bilstein 5100 shocks, an adjustable trackbar and extended rear sway links off Kolak. I also got the HD lifted front and rear springs from Dobinsons. The rears aren't part of their normal catalogue, they usually just sell the normal duty lifter rears for the WJ. After some long discussions with a sales rep at their head office, I discovered they make a number of springs that they don't advertise, including 5" models which they apparently sell to Russia.
So the rear HDs I had custom made and may very well land me with a WJ that has it's butt pointing into the air like some crazy rat rod. It's a bit of an experiment so we'll see how that goes, but i'm hoping that if the rear lift is a bit much, i'll be able to temper it with the rear bar and tyre carrier. That bar has made it's way to the top of my to-do list following tyres, as I've already wiped out the garage door once when I forgot to take the spare off the roof.
Unfortunately, I won't be free to install the list until Feb which really sucks. Until then all I can do is stare wistfully at my shiny new parts and maybe get some dollars released so I can buy the tyres and wheels i'm after.