Re: D44 front waggie axel in YJ
Part of the reason I ended up doing this whole swap (versus staying with my previous setup, super35 rear, lock rite 297 front) was that it worked out financially.
All prices in CA$.
I got 1800.00 for my old axles. good price, I had a little more into them (lock rite for front, gears, and super 35 kit), but all in all I can't complain about it. This money essentiall paid for the lockers and gears for the new axles. I found lockers real cheap on the mopar performance catalogue - 575$ca, which is about 383$ us, and no shipping! It was this find that made the whole thing doable. I then got a gear package from drive train direct.
The axles themselves cost me $200ca. I happened to ask a friend with a jeep shop if he would sell them at just the time when he needed 200$ desperately. I think generally speaking you'd normally pay more.
The axles brakes were shot, so when all was said and done what it cost me to put them in was about 700$ - 200$ for the axles, 300$ for brake parts, and about $175 for the warn premium hubs. The bearings and u joints were fine, although I'm probably going to replace them this winter anyway.
The brake parts were a PITA, in some respects - couldn't find a backing plate, had to send across the country for it, then it was the wrong one, had to send it back, no e brake parts (they want $186ca for ONE of the ebrake spreaders!), brake lines from YJ not right size, blah blah blah.
I have a junk yard waggie lined up to finally get the right brake lines from, but am still searching for reasonably priced e brake parts - frankly, I think this winter I'm going to convert it to disks, it will be cheaper!