Hey Mick, I had a crazy idea the other day, since the 4wd gears on that trans are directly linked to the main input shaft on the tranny, a good way to keep them from stripping out would be to weld them up solid in the 4wd position.
if this one ever goes out, I have a friend with a busted one I can play with....
plus a nice 80k one sitting in storage
ooh. I orders my shocks Sunday.
Doetsch Tech 8403 32" extended, 18.5" compressed.