"Sorry about the long winded life story, its just been on my mind the last month, and I've exhausted my brain. "
I know what you mean I have a d44 and 9" out of a 70's Ford with chromoly shafts, but the tires that came on the 93Yj I bought are 42x14-15 IROKs. I have been hashing over getting tires in the 37-38" range or just selling my current axles and getting a d60 and 14 bolt or a d60 and Sterling 10.25 as some here have suggested. I have run about every scenario there is and still can't decide what makes the most sense. Financially concerned my current axles have Moser shafts already and don't really need anything but 37's or 38's may still be pushing the d44, I believe the 9" is strong enough. So I feel for you I know first hand what you're going through.