I also find that the extra clearance (1" is like running a 2" taller tire) is only part of it, the sliding over stuff is probably the biggest benefit. I recall my first trip after shaving the front axle. I was so stoked at the end of the trail that I didn't think I hit anything up front all day, or so I thought. When I looked closely, I found all the paint scraped off the plate on the bottom of the housing. I had been hitting rocks all day long, but never got hung up on anything, just slid over.
FWIW, I'm also really happy with the way I did the diff armor. I started out making a really neat contoured duckbill like rotozuk did. Halfway through I got pissed, said fawk it, and slapped two 1/4" plates up there and called it good. Easy, it ramps you up over things, andi t took half an hour per diff.
I'll do it this way again when I replace the bent rear housing.
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