Originally Posted by TimboSlice
Prolly should of went with the High Pinion. But thats ok. I heard the main difference is the few inches of clearance. JP mag wrote an article with all the differences.
A few inches of clearance, yes. But you're not understanding what comes with that clearance.
The pinion is running on the drive side of the ring gear instead of the coast side. That provides stronger teeth engagement.
It is far easier to run satisfactory caster numbers with the pinion inline (or within a couple degrees) with the drive shaft. With higher driveline angle requirements, this is critical.
The drive shaft is no longer down in the rocks. It's now above the frame rails and control arms, much more protected than it was before.
The housing itself is stiffer due to the extra ribs.