One more question - do you have a suggestion for a lift that's more subtle/true than the Metalcloak 2.5? I'm worried that since that lift is a bit conservative and you get a bit more than 2.5, I'm gonna be wanting to throw a 37 on there after the fact (plus I have to wait the whole rest of the summer to get shipped). Is there something that runs more true or something in the actual 2" range that won't leave me feeling like I want a 37 to fill the gap?On a 2.5” lift the 35s look fine to me and that leaves you plenty of room for clearance. Front driveshaft is certainly something I suggest, it’s not like your factory one will just up and fail immediately but it will get damaged and seems to be one of those things that gets over looked and then fails at the worst time.
LCA would be excellent to add as well. It will allow you to move the axle forward a hair for better alignment. Until then UCA are fine. As for the steering, I’ll never talk someone’s out of upgrading it. That said, I completely understand the spiraling cost. Once you get hard cost on everything, then decide if it’s in the budget for this round of mods!
I do feel like on my 2-door I don't need as much height to pull off what I want to pull off. I love the look of a stock height JLR 2door on 35s but my mind wanders as soon as I see it a few inches higher. Need a bit more height for performance on the trail but just don't want to go too much.