So I realized I haven't posted since my last continual string of frustrations, ha ha.
I got the rear driveshaft back, and they said it needed a bit of balancing, but only a little and all the u-joints were good. Which at first was discouraging, but then I realized I changed not only the pinion angle, but also the gear ratio, meaning it was spinning roughly 1/6 faster than it used to, which may have made the difference.
So I've been running FWD for the past week, and am honestly not in a huge rush to switch back as:
1) I've got quite a few other projects I'm working on
2) I'm sick of working on the YJ to no avail, ha ha
3) Despite realizing how much I miss 4.88 gear ratio, I like being able to go highway again! (The front driveshaft has no vibes even at 60+)
4) The weather is 75+ all this week and despite being 27 years old and neglected for 6 or so of those, all I did was pop the battery back in and turn the key. I miss my Jeep having that kind of reliability.
On the Jeep side of things, we had our first meeting of the year for North Shore Jeeps, and had a great turnout!
Coolest part was, it was mostly new faces who had never met. Basically, we had a block party with about 30 strangers and a good time was had by all. Very happy with how it went, and a great start to the season!
I need to finish up a freelance design project and then I *promise* I will have updates on the axle(s). We set a date for our first club run (April 21) and an ultimatum of the date for the front axle swap (April 14), ha ha, so it's time to get moving!