Im going to you guys for advice as I am a newbie and need to learn, sometimes by doing stupid things and getting crapped on for it. I may end up with the same exact issue, but I did find an axle with 4:10 gears that's in good shape and upgraded the axle shafts for a cheap price.. If it busts (or when it busts) I know it is a lesson, but it was a few hundred bucks vs more the other way.
New question- but same area. I know the Ax-5 trans sucks, or at least that's what I've been told. I am having issues with 1st and second there too, thinking of replacing with same thing, but would prefer something better if there is a bolt up option. I can replace with another ax-5 from same guy I bought axle from for $400 installed (he has military axles on his YJ and put in a big v8) does that make sense, or is there a better option that I can get for a little more money? I don't want to put thousands into it at one drop, although I know it will happen in time.