I'm sure that this comparison has been posted here before, but I had to show pics anyhow. I spent a couple of hours disassembling the 14 bolt that's going into my CJ6 today and set the ring and pinion on the bench next to a Dana 44 r/p. Talk about a difference! Now that I have the 14 apart I can get the razor sharp to "shave" some clearance off the bottom of it.
Yep it's a full floater and yep you lose a good chunk of ground clearance. There's quite a bit of room between the bottom of the ring gear and the bottom of the housing, so I'm going to cut a chunk out of the housing and weld a steel plate to cover the hole. This should get me about 2-2.5" more clearance and I will be running 37 or 38" tires.
Man the idea of running a 14 bolt is getting more appealing everyday! There are cheap have 1.5" shafts, the Detroit lockers only cost about $300, and the gears are easier to set-up then a Dana axle. Well I quess I need to find someone to buy my 60 now!