410s will be better than your 307 by far but still not quite deep enough for 35s. Depending on your set up you would most likely be better off with 488s. As far as searching, try taking a look at car-part.com. It searches for your part in local junkyards that have them listed. I found my axle a little more than 100 miles away for 100 bucks.
Ya I havent heard much bad about people that actually run the super35. Its a little pricey though like you said. I bet you could come very close to the same price if you ordered a prebuilt 8.8 from say ECGS. Say 1200 for the S35, 200-400 dollars labor for install and gears, and another 300 or so for gears...you are sittin at close to 2 grand. I think its a little cheaper than an 8.8 from ECGS, but it all depends on your build as well.
hmmm...thats interesting. So its round and has a rubber plug? Someone must have stole out from underneath you over night
Does the 8.8 not come in a 3.07 configuration? I know they come 3.73 and 4.10, but Im not sure about 3.07. You can always work up, because with 35s you are gonna want to regear anyways. So you can either build your 8.8 or get it built for you, get the gearing needed/wanted for 35s and then wait to put it under the jeep until you can afford to regear the front end. Or you can run the new rear axle and just not engage 4wd. Just all options to think about.
I think your axles are fine if 35s are all you intend on running. I went with the 8.8 because it was cheaper than a 44, but from what I hear the 44 is fine. As for the 30, I have read plenty of stuff by Jerry that say the 30 is good up to 35s locked...and if you start getting into some pretty tough stuff, chromos are a wise choice. He has ran hammers on a 30 with chromo shafts without issue (he busted a stock shaft on the hammers)...and thats good enough proof for me lol.
I think the zj swap will hold up alright, they seem to be a lot stouter than the stock set up. It seems like a safe upgrade.
Thanks for the kind words though. I know how u feel about tire coverage. It sure isnt legal here ...I just took my chances. My town is pretty lenient when it comes to offroad vehicles, but even driving out of town I havent had an issue. Now that I have said that, I will probably get dinged on the way home
Sure did. It's not complete, but it's holding up for the time being with quite a bit of decent wheeling. I did an 8.8 swap with a buddy brackets, welded tubes 4.88 gears. I have also added an aftermarket tie rod. It is basically a new rod that uses stock size ends (not most people's first recommendation). I will eventually do a currie set up when I can afford it or my current set up fails me. My brakes are still currently stock. My intentions are to upgrade to black magic pads and rotors when my current set wears out. I haven't had an issue with what I have now though. Everything seems to be holding up well though and I have done a fair share of wheeling on it. Do u plan on upgrading soon?
Steering box is stock. I havent heard many people complain about the stock steering box not being able to turn the tires, that thread is really the only mention I have heard about the steering box...and I also havent had an issue. I have upgraded the tie rod to an "iron rock offroad" tie rod. Its a beefier rod, with stock ends. DL is still stock though. I would have liked to go currie, but they dont guarantee that it will work with less that 4" of lift. If/when I bend or break something I may look into the ZJ conversion. Havent had an issue yet though. Brakes are still stock...for now. I had replaced them probably 6 months before I went to 35s. They still stop fine as they are...but once they wear out I will go with the Black Magic Pads and Centric rotors. From what I have heard, this is the best thing you can do before upgrading to the expensive Vanco kits.