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If you are making a 4x6 rather than 6x6, you'd be better off removing the shafts and diff and just fitting a blanking plate over the diff housing, or even making a straight axle outright.  Assuming you want the rear axle to be powered, then I can't see a major issue - the floating shaft is not going to move so far as to contact its opposite number in the diff or apply a significant thrust force inside the FWH.  It does seem a bit pointless, though - FWH make no difference to performance or economy, and only anecdotally improve steering on UJ equipped front axles - I have read a few claims of lighter steering, but it made no difference to anything on mine and I regard them as nothing more than a weak link, rock/stump risk and waste of money.

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