Well finally got around to tearing the rear axle apart after breaking the axle shaft last summer. Was hoping for an easy fix since I already had spare shafts. Of course nothing ever goes easy. The C-clip that is on the side that broke got welded to the spider gear when the rear was welded up. While trying to figure out how to get the C-clip loose I realized that the weld on that side has a hair line crack in two places. So looks like now I either need to find another carrier for the D35 or move forward with swapping in an 8.8. Either way looks like the jeep is going to be sitting for awhile yet until I can scrape together some funds to fix it.
Also realized today that the xj has theft deterent lug nuts on it which I don't have the socket for. Anyone have any advice on getting these off?