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Re: Toyota axles in a YJ ?
Didn't notice the 4:1, I think the Dana 44 swap would be your best bet. As I didn't want to change my track width like Jeff did, with the wagoneer front axle and wheel spacers in the back(when he was still running the 8.8). I swapped in the currie front axle housing. I used TJ axles and a warn hub kit. It was a lot simpler than trying to swap in axles from other vehicles(heck...it bolted in). Of course I don't know if Currie still makes the housing I used.
Also, 5.13's seem a little too much for anything smaller than a dana 60. I have seen 5.13 pinions from 60's and they are pretty small(in comparison to other gears available for 60's).
The stroker sounds like a large undertaking. I have stroked a few engines in the past(never an inline though), some are simply using rods and pistons from different engines to get the neccasary deck height with the stroker crank. Others get quite expensive requiring custom rods and pistons. Some use modified factory cranks(383 chev-331 ford) and some require custom cranks.
Also if you increase the torque output of the engine the gearing will mot be as big an issue. I know there is lots of thinking required, but that goes with the territory of doing what we love to do. And I think I can say without a doubt that you'll figure it out in the end.