It just is.
Its a tall sucker. im guessing 31 inch tires and a 4 inch lift. I was also shocked to find how crazy cheap a 2 speed transfer case conversion kit is for these. Under $300 sans donor T-case! That makes these very affordable projects. If did a t-case swap, and you could custom fab a 5 link on these with a rear locker you’d have a very cable little home on wheels.
I think if I was going down that road I’d probably be looking at a whole new axle as the rears in these aren’t particularly stout, but Im sure you could find a ford 9 or GM 10 bolt that would fit.