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Old 12-10-2001, 01:51 AM
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Default Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

Does anyone have a clear explaination as to what exactly the difference is between a Dana 60 and a Dana 60 HD?

If so, can anyone tell me what axle spline count is inside a Dana 60 HD rear axle from a mid 70's Dodge 3/4 or 1 ton truck?

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Old 12-11-2001, 10:21 PM
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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

one is a full floater (get this one), the other is a semi floater.

You can tell by looking at the hubs, the ff sticks out and has a bolt on flange; take these bolts out and waalaa, you have easily removed your axle shaft.

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Old 12-12-2001, 10:28 AM
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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

Really, are you sure? I thought all D60 rears were full floating. Unless there's a D60LD, D60, and D60HD?

I have seen Dodge vans with 8 lug semi floating rears, but I never got down to look to see what it was. I just assumed it was a 9. Next time I see it, I'll take a look.

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Old 12-12-2001, 01:39 PM
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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

Well not quiet, the Dana 60 has a 30 spline shaft and the Dana 60HD has 35 spline shafts. They are both full floaters. The only semi floating 60's that I know of are in Mopar cars. The dana 60HD's are not vary common, have never seen one myself.

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I have seen some semi-floaters in Dodge p/u's. I just figured that that was the light duty version. My rear 60 and my front 60 for the scout has 35 spline shafts. I thought that THIS was the norm. Guess I got a couple of jewels.

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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

hayraker,
The SF axles in pickups are all Chrysler 9. I'm pretty sure the only options in pickups are 9 SF and D60 FF.

FYI - I looked under that B350 van (usually rated 1 ton) with the 8 lug SF axle, and it's a 9.

Hope this helps,
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Old 12-14-2001, 07:20 PM
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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

That's good info blackdog, I never looked either, I have always tried to stay away from the SF axles so I never really cared to. I have heard about SF 60's and I just assumed that was what I was seeing.

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Old 12-19-2001, 04:03 PM
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Default Re: Dana 60 vs. Dana 60 HD

i recently purchase a dana 60 hd out of a 85 dodge for my jeep j10 it has 30 spline axles

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Old 12-20-2001, 09:14 AM
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Well not that anything isn't possible, but if it is truely a HD, has 60HD cast into the web. It should have 35 spline axles in it. Unless someone took them out for thier own use and swaped 30 splines back in so they could sell it.

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Old 12-20-2001, 02:17 PM
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Ok here goes, semi floater 60's were a real popular axle for 80's model Ford
3/4 tons, the majority of Ford vans that look like they have one are
actually Dana 61's. all of the SF 60's in the Ford trucks were 1.31" / 30
spline axles. All of this applies to trucks only, I've never researched the
car 60's. Special note : stay away from the Dana 61's as they are physically
restricted to very high gear ratios (3.07, 3.23, etc.).

Full floater 60's (regular) can usually be found in some Fords but are
mostly in Dodge trucks (both 3/4 ton and 1 ton). The vast majority (but not
all) have 1.31" / 30 spline axles, some could come with 1.50" / 35 spline
axles but they are extremely rare.

Most full floater 60HD's still come with 1.31" / 30 spline axles. There are
60HD's with the bigger (1.50" / 35 spline) axles but they are scarce. The
biggest differences on the 60 HD is the housing, which is cast with more
webbing across the center section, and the carrier has larger bearings than
a regular 60. No all, but most, 60HD's have bigger brakes as well. Just
because it has "HD" cast on it does not guarantee you get bigger axles.

I have 1 60HD myself and a friend that has 3, none have the big axles.

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