Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Wichita Falls, TX
IIRC 'canman still had one of his 8.8 shafts walk out even with the mods mentioned above.
The 8.8 is a good axle in a YJ, regardless, especially if you're keeping the front 30, they pair up well.
If you're swapping in a wider front, I'd pair it up with a wider rear. If I were doing the hp44, I'd just put the matching rear from there same ford truck (which will be a 60 if you are swapping the more desirable 3/4 ton front hp44)
I'd keep the larger brakes and 8 lug setup as well.
This is all 6 of one 1/2 dozen of the other. All the axles mentioned (9", 8.8, 60) will be enough for 35s behind the 4bt.
We could also have a discussion about what you're getting by swapping in a 44 (only getting a stronger gear set and housing if you keep the stock shafts), but that's a discussion for another day.
13 GC Overland - (Wife's DD) 5.7, stock
Past Jeeps: 99TJ, 78CJ7, 91YJ, 01WJ, 03TJ, 05KJ