Funny how when I bought this truck (my first -- I come from a long line of sports cars) I was adamant about NOT wanting to lift. I have since changed my mind, so I'm putting together a plan so what when, with any luck, my bonus comes in later this year I won't have to waste time figuring out what I need.
First off two important factors I have to consider. First is that I live in Florida. No desert running and pretty much no rocks to crawl. Just about every truck here is a tow rig, a mall crawler, or a mudder since there just isn't much else to do. Second is that I am, and want to stay, 2WD. The truck is my daily driver, and honestly comfort is pretty much my top priority. I won't be doing any serious offroading aside from curb hoping and tearing down logging roads when I'm out hunting and camping. Yes, I am lifting *mostly* for looks, and while I'm ok with that, I still do not want to half ass it.
So my plan is as follows:
Front: Camburg lift spindles. I feel this is the best option as it provide 4" of lift (3" is a bit too subtle for me), maintains stock geometry, doesn't require expensive UCA's, and gives me the option to upgrade to a decent set of mid-travel coilovers in the future. I've chosen camburg over total chaos since they are less expensive and allow me to keep the sway bar.
Rear: OME Dakar leaf packs. I'd like to go with the Dakars as they should provide enough rear lift to make the truck just about level. I have yet to find a set of off the shelf leaf springs that give that much lift, and to my knowledge there's no other easy way to get any more out of a 2nd gen without using blocks (bad). I've never gone out and measured my truck, but I think 4" in front and ~2.75" in the rear will put the truck about level. The Dakars also don't kill your load capacity, which is a must as I would like to keep the option of towing a 20'-25' boat open.
Rear shocks I'm not yet sure about. Probably extended travel 5100's or perhaps a set of SAW's. I'll also put in whatever carrier bearing drops and axle shims I need to kill any vibrations. To be honest, I am a bit worried about this as I have vibrations ~25mph now and my suspension is entirely stock. I have had the transmission mount TSB performed as well.
Wheels/tires: Wheels I'm still on the fence about, but I reeeeally want a set of FJ trail teams wheels. Tires will be 33's, probably terra grapplers but I'm not sure yet.
Will I be ok running my stock (with TRD shocks) springs/shocks up front with the spindles? Again, offroad performance isn't a huge matter to me. At least in this stage.
What can I do to the rear to match the increased track width in the front that I get from the spindles? Camburg's widen it 3/4" on each side. Will that even be noticeable in comparison to the rears? I have seen a few spacer options, but none as low as 3/4".
Are there other options for ~3" of rear lift without using blocks? The Dakar's seem to fit my requirements pretty well, but it would be nice if there were other options to look at.