I swapped in a set of Dana 44s from Scout II. I belive the axles are 58". I wanted the wider axles and they look fine with the wide Xenon flares. I don't see any problems lowering the mounts a little for some more lift. I used 2"x4"x1/4" tubing for my outboard hangers, worked great. If you can use stock axles, you will be better off when it comes time to replace parts. Good Luck!