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Bluebeast 08-10-2003 11:02 PM

D60 leaf or coil
is there a difference between the D60 leaf sprung and the coil sprung. if so is it hard to change the leaf sprung to a coil sprung.

and what do years do i need to look for in order to get king pins?

BigNorm 08-10-2003 11:43 PM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
King Pin D60: 86-91. They were all leaf sprung though. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] Most guys I know that have done the D60 coil sprung have adapted the solid D44 radius arms (78-79 Bronco/F 150) to work with the D60. Here's a post that explains that process a little. IMO there's 4 levels of difficulty when going to a D60. 1: leaf sprund shackle front 2: leaf sprung shackle rear 3: coil sprung 3 ling 4: coil sprung 4 link.

Bluebeast 08-11-2003 12:02 AM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
what years were coil? and norm that board just talked about center of gravity and cutting fenders and C cups being nice a size [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

if no D60 will a D44 solid sufice the 39s?

reptillikus 08-11-2003 01:04 AM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
Maybe with chrome-moly shafts and super-heavy-duty ujoints, but then youll just end up blowing your r&p. Basically, no, a 44 wont last long turning 39s. Especially if you intend to 'wheel it.

IMO, your best bet is just to do a shackle reversal with a leaf-sprung D60. I know of someone who slung a D60 with coils under his 79 (a buddy of MY2ND78, actually), and while it looks killer, and seems to work ok, i dont think its worth the effort.

Shilo 08-11-2003 02:32 AM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
What years were coil? None.

Norm answered your question:

"They were all leaf sprung though."

Biggie_Truck 08-11-2003 07:33 AM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
Go with the D60. Youll be glad you did.

As far as a difference, the harshness of ride is pretty high with the leaf springs however I have nothing to compare to and I used Skyjacker 4" F-350 lift springs with mine which are famously harsh to begin with. Ive heard that coils are a softer ride.

But if you are concerned about ride harshness you should buy a cadillac.

If you go with leafs make sure you reverse the shackles. Then you can do away with the track bar and have a very clean set up.

Converting a D60 to coils can be done. Its easier on some years than others. Shilo can tell you what years. Like on my axle the diff is pushed so far over there is very little room for coils and radius arm. However, the beauty of Fabrication is that you can do "almost" anything!

Good luck.

My Superford still works!

muddybronco 08-11-2003 01:52 PM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
screw coils, it's too much work and there's no reason to go that route. leafs are tried and true, and will flex fine if you get the right springs. like BiggieTruck says, the diff is moved way over to the tire on 85+ trucks because they had to clear the damned TTB crossmember, and there is no room to add a coil seat without doing some major fabrication that would involve welding to the cast steel center section. build your own shackles or get some non-OEM ones so you can ditch the tracbar, which I would definitely do if I was dropping a grand on an axle.

Shovel 08-12-2003 12:53 AM

Re: D60 leaf or coil
Someone on Superford had a coil sprung Dana60 on a 92-96 body style. It was really sweet, but I can't find it anymore and I have a feeling his pics got lost.

Anyone have links to a sprung over rockwell vehicle???

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