Re: scout axles
If you don't absue it, I don't think I'd even do the warn shafts right now. Those suckers are $250 or so per side, aren't they? If your not running a locker in the front axle, I think the Dana30 will hold up fine for you as is.
If you do have a locker in it, I would put Spicer u-joints or NAPA Super strength u-joints in the axleshafts. I'd also keep an eye out for a wide track D30 someone was selling or parting out. Probably $200 or less for the whole axle hub to hub. Use that for your spare driver's side shaft, pass. side short shaft, and spare 2 outer axleshafts. A narrow track D30 with disc brakes would be for $100 or less would be nice too. You could convert to the stronger 6 bolt hubs and the outer shafts will work with your wide track axleshafts. Plus if you found one with 4:10 gears you could use that carrier for your gear swap.
Drivetrain Direct has pretty good prices on Dana gears. I would go with the DAna gears over some cheaper brand of possibly cheaper quality. Also the change from 2:73s to 4:10s or lower will require new carriers for both axles, I think. That might be a good time for a rear detroit for not much more $$. Just a thought. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Call and price what the swap will run and whether or not you need new carriers...and maybe price the Detroit instead of a new carrier in the rear. Then I'd start watching the parts board, other jeep parts boards, local wrecking yards, etc... to see what you can find to cut your costs (i.e. gears, carriers, widetracks with 4:10s, etc...) I just found a set of wide tracks with 4:10s, 1 piece shafts and new seals, bearings and brakes for $500. That makes my CJ8 gear swap simple and cheap. You might also check out Boston Mangler's parts list. He has a D44 front, but I thought there was some snafu with it early on.