Looking back at it the Barnes cover lets you lose 1.25 inches and the Ballistic one loses 2 inches. I'm still gathering parts and this swap won't even begin until April so I can wheel the truck a few more times before then. The goal is to have the axles fully built before the old ones come out.
I appreciate all of the input. I may take you up on the use of you new machine.
85 XtraCab, 22RE, A340/Atlas 2, D60/14B, 40s, Full Hydro, Lonestar Light a plenty