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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-17-2002, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dana 60 front axles (calling all experts)

OK, I've been searching through the archive for the last hour and a half. I've found buckets of information but some has been conflicting.

I've got my Dad on a search for a Dana 60 for the front of my truck. Yeah, that's right, I'm contemplating going "thy way of thy 8 lug". It depends on cost. I don't think a complete Dana 60 is worth more than $400, what do you guys think?

First, are the gears for a front Dana 60 the same as the gears for a rear Dana 60? I find it pretty unlikely that I'll find a 3.73-geared Dana 60. Every single one I've ever seen is a 4.11. However, 3.73 geared 14FFs are common (and I've got one). I either want 3.73 or 4.11 gears. 4.56s would blow with my winter tires (235x75r15s).

If I were to stick this under the front of the truck all I'd have to do is bolt it on and use a different univeral joint, right? All the steering will be the same, correct? Will I be able to fit the rotors and calipers in my 15" aluminum wheels (I've read yes and no)?

Calipers is where I get confused. Are they the same as my half ton ones or not? My half ton ones are the same as my 3/4 ton ones off my other truck but I know 1 tons use monster binders.

I'm going to spend some more kwality time searching. I must say, I've found some pretty cool [bleep].


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to start I just sold a 60 for $800 and people where telling I was too low!!!!!!!!!! The gears are the same as a 60 rear and I have seen a few 3.73 most however were 4.10s or.56s The capilers are every much different and only one ton s will work. Your wheels will fit if you play with the grinder for a time,. you will have to gring the calipers and mouts . all the rest will bolt up
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<font color="green"> If you find a D60 for $400 it's a steal. They go for $1200 all the time. If you get one without 3.73s, I have a set of 3.73s that I just yanked from mine. I'll sell 'em to you cheap, just let me know. </font color>
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Are chebby D60 fronts not reverse cut, high pinion units? If so, then their gears are not compatible with the straight cut D60 rear axle gears.
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Chevy front 60s are not reverse rotation. Neither are Dodges. That is a Ford only thing.
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I got my 60 for $400 then just put another $400 worth of bearing in it last weekend and installed it last night. The calapers are much different, they use a slide lock instead of bolts. I have seen in my experience in the junk yard most seem to be 4.10. Mine and Joe's is 4.56 though. I used teh same joint as my 3/4 ton D44 and 1/2 ton 10 bolt fronts unless you get a different sized yoke.
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wooohooo, go FORD go [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Yes, I am very pleased with my Ford components [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].

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Hmmmm..........my Ram uses the same side front drop as Fords and IFS GM's. I also know where a rusty but trusty late 70's F250 is sitting doing very little. Coil spring front axle and leaf sprung rear full floater. Has the camper/towing package and the snow plowing package. Who wants to bet that means dual D60's?[img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

If the Dodge's axles ever go and/or I have some cash sitting around...................[img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]......
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Re: Dana 60 front axles (calling all experts)

Sorry Drew, it will be a High Pinion D44 front and D60 rear. Still a little stronger than what you have for the front, and a lot more in the rear.
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