Well, after getting tired of seeing my Jeep sitting behind the barn, motionless and immobile, I ordered a Ford 8.8 with all new everything from East Coast Gear Supply. I talked to them today, and got a shipping ETA for about two to three weeks from now. Due to the new diff, I'm adding a 3" lift (most likely from BDS), an Advance Adapters SYE, and regearing the front to 4.10. My problem comes with the SYE and front gears: I've not worked with gearing, transmissions, or transfer cases before, so I'm hesitant to attempt this repair, even with a full auto shop at my disposal (a friend of mine runs the Andover High School auto shop, and is letting me bring my TJ in to use the lift, tools, and most importantly, heat).
I'm wondering if anyone in the Wichita area has done this before, and has any advice for me, or would be interested in helping me with the install.