BRD HNTR Wheeler Posts: 59 Joined: Oct 23, 2008 Logged I didn't mean to jack this thread.Wanting a steel front housing to put a locker in, and having a empty Sammi rear housing just setting there, my brain just said you can do that. So I have started to convert a sammi rear end to a front end for my tracker. The short side even has the same size bearing housing as the Tracker seal, so just shorten it up a little. I took the angle grinder with 1/16" cutting wheel and got started, I cut off the end of the axle flanges from the end of the tube (cutting back far enough that there was just room for the seal). Next I cut the rest of the tube off, leaving 3/16 of the inner tube (as the stop for the seal), welded these two together (I did not try to make room for a bearing, as the aluminum case does not use a bearing).I installed a diff. into the housing, put an old seal in the new end and put it on a short side cv. Sliding the cv and new end into the housing, I tacked the new end into place.I cut a hole in a piece of 3/16" plate, slipped it over the new end, tacked it up and trimmed the edges back to conform with the housing and welded it up. I Installed the seal again and test fit appears good.For the ds, side I cut off the bearing housing at the weld. I welded the short section of axle housing (that was inside the bearing housing) to use as a stop for the tracker bearing, and cleaned up bearing housing. The tracker bearing fits into the housing very snug, just like it should. I needed to get a special seal, because the bearing housing steps up larger after the bearing (at least one seal, and the bearing will be stock). I ordered the seal off by size using the sami bearing OD size and tracker axle OD size. (It was a tight fit.)After removing all the brackets on housing, and cleaning up the weld area, I cut the long side to appropriate length. I then installed the bearing into bearing housing, and put bearing housing back on diff housing, and installed the axle. Fit on this looking good.After tacking bearing housing in place I removed the axle. Bearing comes out with the axle, as I did not try to make a snap ring notch to hold it in. As I stated before, I will have to get a seal sized to fit hole. The seal keeps bearing from coming out with axle.I fabed up axle mounts for the extended mounts I had welded up from lowering my diff. (Not near as good as Boon's.)I have been running on this since November. I have broken a ds side mount that I lengthened & the cv (backing w diff locked).Cost was one stock seal, and the special order seal, I used the original Tracker bearing, and had the sami housing (it may have been a SJ410 housing) setting there.I like the looks and strength of Boon's mount, and intend to copy it for both sides with my next modifications.