so, i noticed a while ago, that the rear suspension has only about (calibrated eyeball measurement) 1" of movement before the bump stop starts getting a workout. and i do feel it hitting way more than i would like. i am pretty sure my kj has the original factory suspension, with 170,000 miles on it. i fully expect the front to be sagged as well. so, of course i would like more suspension travel. who wouldn't (at least until you hit 12" of travel). but i do NOT want any of the troubles that more travel / ride height brings. such as having to change pinion angles, and all the wonderful labor intensive things that i have so much trouble with. I'm 64, have a seriously degenerated spine, pinched nerves, bad hips, and a knee that needs to be overhauled. and, being on a fixed income, i have to do almost all work myself. i know i will need all 3 upper control arms to be replaced. so i am thinking that when warm weather gets here, changing springs and control arms at the same time would be a good idea. i really do not want to get very much stiffer on spring rates, because that would be hard on my back. i have not really looked at the shocks yet, but i suspect they are original as well. i will be staying with stock size (or very close to stock) tires. i think that if there is not a lot of extra work required, a 2" lift should be adequate for my needs. do i need longer shocks going to a 2" lift? i live in Michigan, so rock climbing is not something that i have seen much of. mostly sand, mud, and swamps. don't get me wrong, we do have some decent hills. but if your from out west, these will be nothing but speed bumps compared to the Rockies. i guess what i am looking for is recommendations on components, and of course i am on a tight budget (s.s.), Thanks!