Originally Posted by SouthernMudSlinger
The only stress im really talking about is on the ball joints and lift spindles.
to help cut down on power loss and drivetrain stress
How is drivetrain stress the ball joints and lift spindles? And to reduce power loss you would defiantly need to regear.
I'm telling you man, you will save yourself a lot of pain and headache later by regearing. Right now the rear end, the engine, and the tranny are being strained to the max by those tires. And like I said the cost difference between new "lighter" 35s (that will not give you much but a few extra saved pounds) and regearing with be minimal. Both will cost right around $1000-$1500 and actually if you know a shop or a backyard mechanic who can regear, you could do it for a lot less like $500-$800. You will get A TON more benefit from regearing as well (saved drivetrain and more power).
If you don't believe me at least listen to Korey, he's got an auto 3.0 on 35s just like you so he defiantly knows what's up.
EDIT: Actually it looks like you've already had this discussion:
Lifted on 35's