Hello, my truck is an 85 swb, 350, 700r4, np241, 33" bfg's, 4" springs all around, 10blt front and 12blt rear with 3.73 ratios. i've had the truck three years. the only mods i've made are the lift, tires, new drivelines, and braced the steering box. the truck has taken me through all my local trails and hollows, while also being my daily driver. for the price i think i got a good platform to build from. anyhow, i no longer need the truck for a daily driver. so its time for a little TLC and some serious mods. axles. the front 10blt is seeping from the inner seal so while its gutted i figured i would start there and beef it up because i would like to eventually step up to some 36" TSL swamps. now i've read all the mags and browse this site(which is a great reference and quite helpfull) so before everyone tells me not to waste my money and junk the 1/2 ton axles hear me out. think of me as "that guy". you see me out on the trail waiting for my 10blt to explode and never having the sack to attempt that one super radically extreme trail/canyon in the earth that some rag wrote an artical about and took photos of while bashing their junk up and down it. don't get me wrong, i would love to bash my junk down a trail like that and drive my truck places expected only of a packing mule. but im still learn'n and have a plan for a build up to reliably wheel 36's without a kamakazi driving style. if i out grow that or win the lottery i'll go down to the bowtie grave yard, purchase a donor 3/4, and probally post another "help me/will this work" thread for you guys. after reading if you still think im wasting money and my axle will explode tell me to buy a dana or 3/4 running gear. thats why im posting this, you guys have chevy in your blood. i like that. i want to hear the opinions and real world experiences of guys who have been there or are gettin there as fast as they can! ok, first a gear change. the 350 is reliable and mostly stock so with the OD tranny i was thinking something like 4.56's? for traction a detroit trutrac slip for the front and maybe a loc rite for the rear. i need some suggestions for front shafts(brands,experienses, price vs. performance). I figured the 12blt rear shafts could hold the 36's just fine. can it? will the front axle joints need to be upgraded? i have read about, i believe they are called ox and ctm joints and they are costly. i was hoping to rebuild everything except the shafts in the front back to stock. in the rear new gears, loc rite, and some gear lube and she'd be happy. will it work? also what do you think of putting wheel spacers on the rear to even the track with the front on a 1/2 truck? i had never thought about it, but it came up in conversation over a few cold beverages. has anyone wheel'd with spacers or are they just for looks and apperance? could it be a disadvantage somehow on the trail or damage the rear axle? unfortunally because of my skills, or lack of should i say, most of the work will be done by a good shop. so while i stash back cash im trying to collect as much input as i can. mags, the net, and now you guys. so what do you think? am i on track but missed something, am i out of my damn mind, or do you still want to see a big ol' beefy 60 under the bowtie on my grill? all comments and sugestions will really help when i start gathering parts soon. it will be tonight before i can recheck this thread, so thanks in advance to all replies. "my granny always said a jeep couldn't pull limp dicks from a lard bucket."