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I'm not a CJ guy, but can tell you for later Wranglers D44s can be tough to find and when available cost more than a regear would cost. D35s can be easy to find although they would be unlikely to be 3.73 and so would incur the regear cost so not saving anything and "downgrading" the jeep. 8.8s are also common rear swaps in later jeeps and can be found with 3.73. Not sure if they are an option for you though. While it is still not a cheap option, I'm thinking a rebuild of your existing axle may have to be your choice.