I pretty much killed my YJ a few days ago. Not really but somehow the rear DS broke and disentegrated the back half of my T-case. Was able to limp off the Mt with 4 high front wheel drive so not total fail. Anyway about the happy ending. The wife and I have bumped up the time table and are going to purchase a newer JK '12-'14 within the next few weeks instead of after x-mas. Never fear though I have decided to sell the YJ for next to nothing to a 15 yr old and his dad and I will help him replace the np231 and DS, bringing a new generation into a wayalife. Main reason I don't want to hassle with rebuilding it myself is 1, I have no garage and 2, every bolt I try to take off this thing breaks off causing my head to hurt. I don't want my head to hurt unless it is from trying to understand the financing of the new JK.
I'm still a bit surprised at the damage done to the YJ. I had been wheeling all day on moderate trails and she was rollin like a champ, then out of nowhere goin maybe 30 mph down a main road back to a friends camp, BANG!!!! wth. I have broken DS's numerable times and as it was starting to rain I just grabbed parts off the road and headed home in 4 high. After the rain passed I went out to asses the issue to find that the entire housing and 1/4 of the rear output shaft were just gone, no remnants of these parts were on the road or roadside just gone. Well thats a new one for me.
So yea my loving wife could see how depressed I was and now I get my JK sooner. Just proves my theory that good things come in ugly packages. I will begin my build thread once we have her in our possession. Can't wait to start annoying you guys with my continuous stream of questions.