Another thought with your plans is the additional weight you will be putting on the Jeep. Some of those links talk about it and you can do some more researching for what may work for you. You may not need to get a "lift" but either a small lift or different springs / shocks etc may be wanted to keep the Jeep at stock height or a bit higher. With additional weight the stock setup may sag and bring the height down an inch or two.oh roger - meant to only discuss tires. My "build plan" is actually an overland-type vehicle - steel bumper (something besides the stock because aftermarket options are endless) with a winch, low profile roof rack, hi-jack, etc.
and as far as tire upgrading goes, it wouldn't even be considered until the stocks are starting to at least pretend needing replacing. I'd most likely keep the stock rims.
appreciate the feedback - yes, recovery gear (and overland gear, and trailer-gear, and who-knows-what-else gear) will come well before the $1500 tire investment