Thanks for the input guys! Well, I went ahead and tried some more things. This one is with a tad less behind the pinion. Both first post and this are with .008 backlash. These are Alloy 4.56 gears (2012 JKUR, auto) Had 3.73 initially.
SOrry for the change in lighting. The sun wouldn't let me finish. What do you think should I go with, #1 or #2? I'm thinking #1.