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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-12-2002, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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What type of fluid you run in your axles?

Ok, I no this has been asked a bunch, but I have this dana 60 thats dry from the build, and I need to fill her up. Since the gears are new, can I go with a synthetic or do I have to wait a while? Also, what weight?

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Re: What type of fluid you run in your axles?

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<font color=green>Hmmm, I think that I'd use regular for the break in andthen go to synthetic. No reason to run the expensive stuff right off since you'll have to change the oil after the break in anyways. That would get pretty pricey, I think I'd cry after having to dump $50 worth of Mobil 1. 80w-90 is pretty standard for gear oil as far as I know.
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Thank you sir.

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Re: What type of fluid you run in your axles?

i'm running regular 90W in the rear axle and a combination of mud and water in the front axle and it's working out pretty well. your mileage may vary.
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Re: What type of fluid you run in your axles?

Some people say 80w90 (which most manufacturers recommend) but yet I have read from other off-roading enthusiasts and experts that the heavier the better.

I, myself, buy the heaviest I can. I think the last time I got 90w140 Valvoline Semi-Synthetic. I can't remember, it's been a while. Anyway, it was the same price as the cheap no-name crap at $5.something/quart. Besides, I've changed it three times in the last 8,000 miles.

Once I decide what gears I'm going to run and change pinion seals I'll be switching to some full synthetic motorcycle gear lube. I'll probably do either Golden Spectro hypoid or some HRC crankcase stuff (any of the full synthetic stuff designed for wet clutches will probably do). I've had success in ATVs and Dirt Bikes with both of them. I figure if it can take my abuse in the quad it will be pampered in a differential.
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Re: What type of fluid you run in your axles?

while were on the topic, whats the capactiy of a 14 bolt sf?
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Re: What type of fluid you run in your axles?

it shouldn't take more than three but buy four quarts just in case.
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