Originally Posted by lgottler
I think you should convert it to 2wd. Gas savings, weight savings, etc. Face it, with a dozen people riding around in there by the time you load everyone up and get ready, then when you get to the trail head it will be time to turn around and go home!
If it is already 4wd, leave it 4wd. I know this is sarcasm.
I would go path of last resistance, option 1. Quality rebuild and go. Chapter in long run to justify replacing parts as maintenance.