Hi Guys, I need your expertise, knowledge, and advice.
I am doing the Dakota 6 stud rear axle (1992) to 5 stud axle swap (1990). And contrary to the general perception, the early rear 5 stud 8.25 axles are not that easy to find used, at least in Canada. (they are 27 years old) The best priced new ones (Dorman 630406) are on factory back order and the other new ones ($ 228.00 ea. CDN) are expensive with dollar exchange and shipping.
I finally found two used ones on EBay in Oregon for $ 100 each (happy, happy) but of course there is some small groves from the seal and bearing wear. They might be good to use with new bearings and seals but as usual I have to over complicate things (that I latter regret, I am the only person in the whole world that does that) as I am considering axle repair bearings that include the seals. Seems to be two styles of the repair kits, one that is pre-packed with grease and sealed on both sides and one that is open to the diff oil.
Not sure which way to go or what ones to use? Help!