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Re: 79 jeep cherokee?
If it's a manual transmission, then the axles are very desireable D44s, front with lockout hubs, centered rear diff. T-case would be a Dana 20.
If it's an auto, the front axle is vacuum disconnect, and the rear axle has a passenger-side offset diff. T-case would be the quadratrac.
As for the ease of swapping these axles, the rear centered would just be a matter of changing the rear spring perches, and the front would require outboarding of the springs (assuming you put them in uncut). Avalanche sells a kit to do this (~$400) or if you're skilled enough you can make your own outboarding solution. Either way requires welding.
Swapping in the axles from an auto would mean either switching to a Dana 18 T-case, in which case you're still stuck with the vac-disconnect front hubs. Other folks that know more than I might suggest some way in which auto waggy/cherokee axles would be useful to you.
But hey, it's free... when in doubt, part it out [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]