A friend of mine with a JK upgraded his rear end to a Dana 60 and installed 37s. He made me a deal I could not pass up on his rear dana 44 and pretty much new 35's on 17" wheels. So the 8.8 project went out the window in favor of JK axles.
The hunt began for a front JK Dana 44 but they are impossible to find at a reasonable price. I ended up buying a JK D30 geared to 5.13 for dirt cheap. Just missing all the outers. Since I have the 42rle, these gears will work perfectly and i'll be regearing the rear to match.
I started collecting parts for the axle swap. Most of the parts I need to swap the rear are here. I bought all my brackets from Artec and a simple truss from Sky Mfg. I just need to buy Johnny Joints and Tube. I'm going to be doing a Triangulated uppers 4 link mid arm at the same time.
So that brings us to where I am now, still collecting all the parts I need so my jeep wont be out of commission too long. I'm not in a huge rush to get started. I want to knock out my tummy tuck before I start measuring and setting up brackets. I'm hoping to head over to Savvy and pick up their Under armor soon. I already have their cable shifter which you can see in the pic above.
Another reason i'm not in a hurry to tear it down is we are currently getting a good amount of rain thanks to El Nino, which means fresh snow in the mountains. We took advantage of the full week of snowing and ran 3N16 from Green Valley Lake toward Big bear.
We almost made it to Big Bear but it was too deep and the sun was starting to go down so we turned around and took a trail out to the hwy. It makes me excited to eventually be locked front and rear with beadlocks so I can air down really low. That will be a game changer in the snow.