Just randomly reading crap on Pirate and came across some hybrid axle work. The subject talked about 60 with 14 bolt shafts but then it turned to 9" with 14 bolt shafts and outers. Made me think of making a 9" 14 bolt hybrid. Use the 9" center section and tubes, then chop the spindles off the 14 bolt, attach them to the 9" tubes. Then take the side gears from the 14 bolt and install them in the 9" carrier, weld them fast to the carrier and bam you've got a welded rear that accepts 14 bolt shafts. At the worst all I can think is you'd have to shave the 14 bolt side gears to fit in the carrier. Then you've got a 9" with 8 lugs, Full Floater, 14 bolts awesome shafts, 35 splines, and its locked. Advantages over a 14 bolt? ground clearance is better, lighter axle, and easy to attack stuff to the housing for 4 link, traction bars, etc. Anyone have thoughts to add here? My only thought is, I hate removing much weight from the back without removing the same if not more from the front. I'd still have the 60 up front cause well with the fullsize rig and 39.5" IROKs that 60 is not going anywhere.