Haha... I couldn't agree more. It's just a function of $$$ and I'm not quite there yet. I think I sheared a pin in my Aussie locker so it's been acting like a spool. I'm pretty sure that's why the pinion decided to go. I was actually pretty surprised about merging. I still had to do it on my own with no offer for help but I made it over to the right lane faster than if I was driving. People actually let me over.
New NYC merging trick: pretend you broke down, put your blinkers on, get out and push your car over to the right hand lane.
'02 TJ, NV4500, 4.3 Atlas II, 35x12.50 Baja Claws