ok now I am thinking your idea is to put it nice...not worth it.
Jk 44 with 60 outers, ya.
JK 44 with anything else outers? fuck no.
Brakes? not so much. if you feel froggy (and I will after deployment) you will see that all your race brake hats come in 5 on 5. some hats/rotors and some 4 piston willwoods and figure the brakets (hard part) and it will drag your shit faster than anything factory 8 lug.
For half the effort.
High steer? Slap some Reid knuckes on and be done.
Hub conversion? Buy a spintec or do like me and not care about locking hubs. they are just something else to break.
Beefier unit bearings? umm..no. not really. Step up to a 60 if you want bigger unit bearings.
but here's my thought.
say you have a bone stock 44 and you're getting ready to do shafts/steering/brakes anyway.
you're gonna have $ into the reid knuckles
You're gonna have $ into the big brake kit
you're gonna have $ into the hub kit if you want it
You're goint to have $ into steering anyway (the currie is 800 bucks for example)
If you can do all that for say, 1/2 the price... i don't see why you wouldn't
Say the knuckles are the same price as reid's
F350 calipers are 45 bucks each,
rotors are 34 each,
unit bearings 75 each,
Hubs are 129/pair,
stub shafts are 250/pair (or 50 each used on ebay)
1/4 wall tubing with 1 ton TRE's and weld in inserts: 56 in inserts, another 100 or so in tubing
So you're 680 - 800 bucks plus knuckle for bigger/better 2 piston brakes, manual locking hubs, and 8 lug. Seems like it would be a really cool option if you did that an say a 14 bolt rear. bolt patterns would match, etc, and you can run 8 lug wheels which are PLENTIFUL in the offroad community (used they're everywhere)
If you did the same thing utilizing the stock JK
wilwood brake kit: 2895.63
spyntek hub conversion kit: 1450
Currie steering: 800 - find me another one that offers real 1 ton tre's and that's as beefy as heavy wall dom and tre inserts
so you're 5100 bucks for the same thing (although the wilwoods are obviously gonig to stop better)
seems to me like it'd be a cool upgrade
think about this too. Say you have a 14 bolt rear laying around (or the local pick and pull does sell them for 150 bucks). You can probably get close to the same WMS using DRW rear hubs on it.
You're 8 lug in the rear if you swap that in. seems like WAY WAY WAY less work and $ to do the 8 lug outer swap in the front so you can run matching wheels... plus then you're 1 ton rear, you have essentially a 3/4 ton front 44, and you're probably 800 into the front axle (rather than realistically 3-4 grand for a 60) and you can probably get the rear in for under a grand.