It looks like I may have to pull in my horns a bit for a couple more years. Looks like I may end up in DC for at least two years. If you think there's not many places to 4-wheel in PA, you should look around DC. You can't even find a place to get off the road around there. Just too many people and too many cars! Hopefully I'll get back out west after that. I got my taste for big bad four-wheelers in Farmington, NM. You can't hardly beat that area for fun in the rocks, a short hop to Moab if you get bored at home. I'd like to try Rubicon one day.
My thing for going with the SAS, was not so much the weakness issue with the IFS, or even the flex. I would like to go with larger tires, 35s at least, and if you're going to have to lift, new shocks, etc., it doesn't cost a whole lot more to go whole hog and SAS it, if you are a DIYer.
Alas, looks like I'll be waiting a while. I got my wheels balanced and rotated in DC a couple weeks ago. The guy came out and asked, "Whatever possessed you to put those huge tires on your pickup?" I gave him a blank stare and wondered if he had the right truck. I'm only rolling on 31X10.50s with a mud tread. Goes to show you how far DC is from anything off-road .