. . . . . Build Axles Up? or Buy Them?
OK, I know I'll get railed for even posting such a question but here goes.
My stock 82 CJ axles (open diff, 2.72, stock shafts) don't cut it anymore. I am going to get new axles and do it right the first time, none of this piece meal stuff over time. I am planning D44 front and rear.
Front: High pinion, 35 spline Warn alloy shafts, CTM joints, 4.10 gears, Ox locker, rotated knuckles, high clearance steering (flat top knuckle), Warn HD hubs.
Rear: high pinion, 33 spline alloy shafts, 4.10's, full float with Warn HD hubs (flat tow), disc brakes, Ox locker.
The way I see it, I have 2 options to do these axles:
1) Buy a used axle, buy the upgrades (full float kit, ox lockers, etc), and have a local shop do the work (much of the axles stuff internal I am not capable of doing)? Shop work includes shortening, rotating knuckes, new seals, bearings, setting it all up internally, etc.
2) Buy the axles whole and complete from a place like Drivetrain direct?
By the time I add up the cost of all the stuff I want in the axles, the only difference it seems is the housing cost. What do you think? Would I really save much money by starting with a used axle and going from there? Is it worth it? Tell me your experience with a similar setup. I plan 35's in the future. I know it's $$, but I plan on only doing this once.