I'd like to get opinions from some experienced overlanders...I'm having a bit of a mental crisis trying to figure out the best suspension setup...or at least the best start to the best suspension setup....for expeditions/overlanding as well as being a daily driver.
I've searched other Jeep forums, but I've seen mostly big or semi big setups to crawl the rocks or crawl the mall and I don't need to go with a big kit and big tires because it looks cool, I need what functions the best for the purpose I want to use it....for example, a full TAT expo, hopefully around fall of 2013.
It is a 1992 Jeep XJ limited 4.0, aw4, 242, HP d30 front, D35 rear but most likely upgrading to 29 spline C8.25. It will have a rear tire carrier, winch, RTT, at least a rear locker and all the necessary belly armor...just to give you and idea of weight, cog and basic capability
This is what I'm considering
Stock (or so) height but built heavy duty...hd rear springs, shocks, jks quick discos, etc... with 30" tires (I have them on now with no rubbing)
DPG/OME 2" basic and jks discos and 30" tires
DPG/OME 2.5" Deluxe and 30" to 31" tall tires
RC 4.5" x-series (may or may not need a hack n tap SYE) with 31" to 32" tall tires
In your experienced opinions, what would you recommend for best overall capability and durability? I really just want to spend the money and time once and move on to other things the Jeep will need.