Originally Posted by GTyankee
if you lived in southern california, the whole axle assemblies are a dime a dozen at the wrecking yards, made for your Ram
You just have to pick one with the axle ratio that you like
this is what comes up when looking at the internet, just a quick search,
For a '96, sure. For a '05, not so much. Cheapest one I've seen thus far has been $650, though it's a 3.55, and I currently have a 3.92 gear. Although I do have a rear end guy that can swap the gears over fairly inexpensively.
Ironically, I've seen several 2500 and 3500 axles considerably cheaper, in the $400 range. Obviously the bolt pattern is different, going to the 8 lug setup where I have the five lug now, and I'd have to do something up front, plus get different wheels, so it likely wouldn't be any cheaper overall.