Found an awesome new jeep part website called www.4x4groupbuy.com
. Their pricing is unbelievable on the stuff I looked at, backed with great service. They ordered a Tom woods shaft for me custom (which was how I should have got it in the first place)...but the kicker is that they got it $45 cheaper than my previous wrong size shaft.
So given the pinion angle was obviously not going to line up, and group buy's prices...I picked up a rear adjustable track bar, rear adjustable upper control arms, rear coil spring angle pads, and rear shock axel relocation brackets.
-The adj track bar was great. Easy to install and allowed me to get rid of my "cheap lift" track bar bracket. It looks like this was a "must" part after twisting the axle to get the right pinion angle.
-The rear adj upper cont arms were also good. The instructions were strange though that they had me disconnecting the entire axle...sway bar, springs and all! So I decided to wing it on my own (normally providing horrible results). After figuring out the new rebuildable joints i removed the OEM arms at standard drive height. Then jacked the front of the axle housing to the desired pinion angle. After adjusting the new arms to the new twisted axle length, they went right on.
So far my departure from the instructions seems to have worked.
-Doesn't look like I needed the coil angle pads. The springs look ok, but going to keep them in case rear flexing proves otherwise.
-The rear shock brackets worked well for pulling the shocks away from the axle providing room for the twist.
The best part of all this work is my new familiarity with the rear of my jeep! I have a much better understanding of what is doing what under there.
Now my priority is the 488's ( which has to include the "what rear axle do I use" question) and getting the rear bumper tire carrier squared away.
FUN FUN FUN!