I know a 435/205 would be a good match, but don't really want to lose the overdrive, and would like to stay away from the "truck" style transmission.
Yes, I want to have my cake and eat it, too.
I was planning more on wheelspin than traction. That would be easy with lighter weight and 3.73's. Hooking up the tires would bring a quick death for sure. Not 5 grand clutch dumps, but steering with the throttle from roll-ons.
I read in another thread about a heavy duty rebuild on the AX that supposedly increased the torque rating to over 400 ft/lbs. My thinking is that a stock AX is rated at 300 ft/lbs in a 6000 lb vehicle, but I'm unsure how much more it would handle at a lower weight.