Just spoke with Carl Jantz at Jantz Engineering and purchased the J4 Dana 44 conversion http://www.jantz4x4.com//jantz.php?p=jana_k4 this thing is pure genius. the kit is 290.00 plus shipping and it turns the standard dana 44 into a larger and stronger JK D44. this conversion along with stronger Chrome molly axels are just what the doctor ordered. i hope to back up and running sometime next week.
thanks to all for their suggestions.