Originally Posted by Action Fab
The big issue is having to flip the housings. You'd be building a trailer queen. The thing about doing this to my Tomahawk chassis is the sprung weight. My chassis are about 500-600lbs. The way I figure, you can just cut the factory front housing at 4" out from the center section, flip the diff and then use the Synergy sleeve kit to weld the housing back together. 4:11 is the factory 4cyl TJ ratio. No need for an SYE with the portals and flipped low pinion diffs. 27 spline stubs fit right into the portal boxes. You'd just have to get the U-joint lined up in the C/knuckle. I'm pretty sure JHF outers would work. Chopping down some long side front axles in the rear seemed like a solution that would work for a light weight, low power rig.
Everything about the project seems fun to me. I'm way more about trying odd ball light weight/small stuff out than I am about building won ton tanks.
I totally spaced on the diff flip when I typed that out. Still not impossible to keep the same concept, but definitely more work.
I don't think it would have to be a trailer queen with some thought put into it. Obviously you would need some low 3.xx gears for any real highway driving. But I know the Toyotas at least ~6.20s gets you back to stock for 40s. So factory 3.42s would work. You would have to build oil slingers, but thats been done before also.