Ok, so here's my problem. I'm going to install a new axles and I have a couple different paths I could choose. Current axles are a set of 3.42s, 10-bolt front and 12-bolt rear. I have a 14bff with 4.10 gears that's going in the back. That's the easy part. To go with that, I have one 10-bolt axle with 4.10 gears but the housing is rusted to hell. I have one 10-bolt axle with 2.73 gears and the housing is painted but showing some rust. I have one Dana 44 with 4.10 gears and the housing is almost pristine. Option 1: Take the 4.10 gears out of the rusty axle and have them installed in the 2.73. Cost: about $300. Setting up axles is a pain in the ass and I'm not willing to do it myself. Benefit: I'll have the right gears in a decent housing. Problems: The paint on the good axle isn't going to last forever, so I'll still have to do something about protecting it from rust. Option 2: Have the 4.10 axle sand blasted and powder coated. Cost: About $260, including the knuckles Benefit: No actual work to do besides removing the knuckles and draining the fluid. The axle will be completely impervious to salt and dirt. Problems: Has the rust removed enough metal to affect structural integrity? Option 3: Install the Dana 44. Cost: Pretty much free, since I already have the parts. Benefit: Pretty much free, since I already have the parts. Problems: The axle doesn't have the outers, so I'm going to have to swap over the 10-bolt parts. That leaves me with only one set of axle shafts, no spares. If I use a 10-bolt, I have three sets of shafts. As of right now, the plan is to install the Dana just to get me going and then switch over to option 1 or 2.