Will rear differential bolt into front axle housing?
I would like to single out my drive axles, obviously making the rear axle a lift involves much less work. What I want to know is, will the bolt holes and the axle shafts line up if you put the guts of the rear drive axle differential into the front drive axle housing? My front differential is leaking between the front and mid casing, and I don't want to mess with a repair when I have bigger plans. If this will work, then I can do this all in steps, without putting the truck out of service for more than 1 day. In other words, I can have a longer driveshaft made ahead of time, close up the empty rear housing, lube it and go. Then work on a actual true lift axle later in the summer and a locking diff before winter with my fuel savings.
The axles are Eaton DS404 and RS404
Is this a worthwhile discussion?