I was wondering how much extra it would add to the cost of an 8.8 if you had to pay for the welding. Most 8.8 set ups are going to be at least a grand minus the fabrication if you can't weld so rebuilding the 44a is certainly cheaper. Enough to want to go that route over an 8.8 which is why I elected to fix mine 2 years ago instead of swapping axles. If it was worse off and the prices were closer then I would have gone with the 8.8 but an extra 400 bucks or more was convincing enough to stay with what I had at the time. Keep in mind there are always other aspects of the ZJ that need fixing as well so trying to spread the money around to as many areas that need fixing is a tricky balance and hey, you can't always get what you want, but sometimes, you get what you need.
I get your point but the 8.8 price is a few hundred high. 8.8s can be found 3.73 all day long. 200$ for the axle and 300$ for a complete bracket kit. If you cant find the right gear ratio it would be around 1000$
V8 zj at 6" . Double tri rear and true 3 link front. Stretched to 108"