Let me start by listing what i have now. I have a 97 TJ sport. A Dana 44 rear axle with 4:10 gears. It is an open diff. It has the original drum brakes and I run 32" BFG Mud Terrain tires. I blew out my spider gears when i had chains on in the deep snow.
I picked up a Jk Rubicon rear Dana 44 axle with 5:13 gearing, the factory electronic locker and No Brakes for $700.
Should I: Buy the brackets, brakes, wheel conversion spacers and new drive shaft and pay a guy to weld on the brackets (im not that good of a welder), and change the gears in my front axle. and put in the JK axle?
Buy a locker or limited slip, have it installed and keep my current set up and sell the axle?
Thanks for the input. I think the majority is right. I would love to do this conversion, but since I have the 44 with 4.10 gears already it just seems easier to drop in a locker and go with what i have.
Thanks for your input all. I decided to go ahead and sell the JK axle and have mine fixed. I took it into a local shop here in Colorado and am having an OX locker installed. Was a bit more expensive ($2100)than I thought it would be so I hope it is worth it.