Pinion Bearing bad; upgrade axle?
So my pinion bearing is bad in my D30. I have been told the repair is going to be somewhere around $300-$350. I know I can get a D30 out of the jy for $54 but I really don't want to deal with inspecting the gears and shafts and cleaning rust and swapping them out. My dad has told me he will pay $350 for the repair which means I can spend my money on other things or use his money and my money and get somethin good, and I really want to lock the front. I have heard that an LSD won't really help me very much on rocks, is this true? If so, I can't put in a normal locker due to my TC being a damn 249. I don't have the money to replace my tc and buy a good locker.
What would you guys do in my situation?
short version: My pinion bearing is bad and I want to lock my front axle and I will have $350 from my dad + probably $200-$300 of my money to spend. What should I do?
1995 ZJ Limited
IRO 5.5" Critical Path Long Arms
Armored and Aussie locked