More progress has been made on the Build!
factory axles came out with no problems, easiest is way is to roll them out
New axles are under the jeep
Painted up some limit strap tabs to add the the frame and axles
ECGS supplied some awesome brake lines for the front axle
Frame to top of tube measurement would be a good comparison. I have not yet, they are waiting on the axles to be delivered. I can say visually they are VERY impressive, they make my Nitto Ridge Grapplers look like they were meant for a toy car.
That is a good point about the spring perch and tube diameter. I am installing 3.5" metalcloack springs with 1/2" spacer with East Coast Gear Supply Dana 60s. I'm interested to compare ground to frame measurements between our setups....I'm running Mickey Thompson Baja Boss 40s
That's definitely worth taking the time to do, do you recall what the shock travel lengths were for your RRDs?
Those 35's look like they tuck in the fender fairly well. AAL high line lights will definitely improve clearance( And look AWESOME!). If you are looking for a right now fix check out...
My advice take it or leave it would be to install the hitch with the proper grade bolts per the manufactures instructions.
Welding or/and additional supports may or may not improve weight carrying capacity but you can not say that it is now a Class 3 receiver. There is much more engineering...
I agree that it would help with the downwards twisting motion to an extent but saying that it comes close to a Class IV hitch (1,400lb TW) is a far stretch. It would add strength over the factory design possibly but it doesn't mean it raises the rated towing capacity of the vehicle.