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Re: Solid on my mind...
Well, I think you said it best yourself:
"Maybe I am not at the level of off roading I need to be to see for a fact the TTB sucks. So far all I have done with it was awesome. And I think I have hit some challenging trails for a stock Bronco.."
Your first sentence sounds like FSB. Don't worry about what is said about TTB, trust me, it works, and as far as IFS goes (TTB is IFS), I will take my TTB over any A-arm setup any day. Wheelin is the fun part. Learn to wheel more, sounds like you are a smart wheeler, which is good with both your axles. Wheel smart and they both can survive with 35's and locked, I know.
The big question you should think about as you progress is....before you lay down the dough on lockers, gears, lift, rear axleshafts you mentioned (and that is a waste o $$), if you are only planning on 35" tires or so....Are you sure about this????
If YES, no doubt (we all seem to catch the bigger is better bug), then don't waste money on D60/1 ton stuff. And we are talking big money here. Stick with the TTB or D44SAS, 8.8 rear with truss/weld.
I will someday likely upgrade to D44SAS, but why bother now, since what I have has not broke (owned it 9 years now, been lifted/wheelin most of that time)? I would love to run bigger rubber, but just can't justify the expense of 1 ton axles, all the brake upgrade, wheels, tires, lockers, much fab work, sheesh. Sounds like starting over. And yes, this can be done with a newer accordian style frame and leafs. Back to the D44 SAS, my front ARB would go right in the solid 44, so no waste there. Probably keep my 4.10's. All that gets me is better articulation from the solid axle, possibility of warn shaft upgrades/CTM's (but as I said, I'm not breaking stuff now). I am more worried about the 8.8 rear. The shafts are not the issue. The 8.8 factory carrier, mainly the LSD unit is weak and prone to failure with larger tires. The axle tubes are also big, but unfortunately, thin walled, and are prone to spinning at the diff press, bending at same location, and cracking out at the u bolts. Put a detroit in it (got mine used), weld the tubes to the diff, and truss it, and the 8.8 should manage for ya.
Wait for the next SAS convert and swoop in and buy all his used stuff cheap, you'll be where ya want and have saved thousands.