I just picked up a Sporty and am trying to figure out the best way to lift/build it. It is a 2001 5spd and will be a budget build. A few questions on lifting:
-What 16" rims fit these well? I have read on here grand vitara. Any specific year? I am having trouble finding backspacing info.
-I am debating installing a lift versus lots of cutting. Buying a lift would double my investment into this beast, which I am not sure I want to do. Will 31.5s fit with no lift and some cutting?
-Has anyone tried welding the front diff with bigger tires? Will I break the driveline?

Thanks! Will post some pics once I start.