You could do that, but cutting the old brackets off/cleaning up an axle then welding new ones on sucks as it is...no need in doing it twice. And what I was getting at is there are a couple HP44/ ford 9" sets for sale currently. You certainly save money in the long run replacing less balljoints/unit bearings/etc. as well as have much stronger axles...
Don't get me wrong, Your correct
I just don't have the lump of cash it takes to do a full front swap right now, I needed to get the D30 wheelable.
How much do you think total for a "better" front axle and keep the rear 8.8. with 5 on 4.5, could do a spacer if needed.