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Axle Upgrade vs. Full Swap?

So here痴 the deal,

I知 absolutely a window shopper and like to plan things out, so while I can say eventually I値l get to this, I知 not where close to doing this anytime soon.

The goal of my ZJ is to do some mild/difficult type of off roading but will need to reliably pull a decent sized camper across the states.

All that being said the upgrades on my dream list include a re-gearing, WJ break upgrade, and eventual locker.

So the question I知 posing is... am I better off doing all these upgrades to my perfectly fine D44.

If I keep my current D44 I知 going to need to purchase the following to upgrade. (Junkyard pickups)
-WJ knuckles $24x4
-WJ calipers $20x4
-everything else needed for the WJ brake system.
-16 in wheels $50-60x4
-locker

Estimating 800-1k

Or (and I have no idea what I知 talking about from here on out)

Would it be more economical to snag a full D44 Axle from yard that already has the full brake setup already for $240 and possibly get lucky enough to find one with a LSD?

And if we池e considering swapping full axles for $240 would I be better off getting the Ford8.8?

Edit: I also already have JK 17in rims so I would save myself the cost of wheels as well since the WJ bolt pattern is the 5x5

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