The Stage 2 coil overs are super tempting, but they’re also quite a bit more expensive while offering the same amount of lift in the front and rear. Will they really offer that much of a performance increase? Stage 1 are rated for a max of 3” front and 1.5” rear, I plan on going with the full lift for both front and rear.I'd recommend spending the extra $ and going with the stage 2 coilovers. They allow you to adjust front height over time or to adjust for lean without having to remove and disassemble / re assemble the strut + they come pre assembled and set for about 2" lift
If you stick to 2" or below, your CVs should be relatively safe by any measure ) and you could probably get away with stock control arms for a while .
Would you consider a 31.5 - 32" tire (255/70/R17 , 265/70/R17, 255/75/R17 ) ?
Reuse the stock wheels for a while if you can, ...less likely to rub - until you are ready to deal with the rub/ fitting headaches of non OEM offset tires .
The smaller / lighter tires are more likely to fit, will save you some gas and keep the response livelier with less need for tuning / regearing . This is keeping in view your statement that you are looking to build something capable rather than an all out off roader.
Just another point of view . It's your decision in the end.
I will be sticking with stock wheels. Aftermarket would be great but they’re more expensive and largely cosmetic. As for tire size, I am shooting for 285/70/17 but am also looking at 275/70/17, wouldn’t go with anything below the latter though. As for the tires themselves, I am going with KO2s or Wildpeak AT3s (probably AT3s due to cheaper price). Les Schwab was trying to recommend some company tires that are supposedly made in the Wildpeak AT3 factory, but I said I didn’t want them.