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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2005, 11:35 PM
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GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

I currently have GM 10 bolt rear and front axles on my 1/2 ton suburban. Most my drive time is spent on the road but I do venture off road some during hunting season. I'm dropping a 383 stroker in this spring. Is there any reason to upgrade to 44 or 60's?
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

44 isn't really any advantage in stregnth. Power alone can break the stock 10bolts, but it depends on how you treat the skinny pedal. Tire size is going to be the most important factor. You can break a 10 bolt with stock tires....but normally they will stand up to 33's or even 35's if you go easy on it.
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

What type of wheeling are you planning to do? Are you planning on getting crazy with it.. or just the usual romp through the mud here and there? What tire size are you running, or planning for the future?
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

a ten bolt can be made very strong. Put some superior axles in it, a limited slip, ctm ujoints and a axle brace and that thing will be about as strong as a stock dana 60. youll only wind up spending about as much as you would on a dana 60 in good shape.
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

I'm running BFG mud terrain 35x12.5x17 tires. I'm running a 700r4 tranny and 3.52 gears (stock) I think. I'm not sure what tranfer case comes stock in an 87 suburban, but I'm sure that is what it is. If anyone know what transfer case comes stock I'd appreciate knowing.

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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

87 'burban t-case = New Process Model 208. Aluminum case, excellent low range.
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

low range is like 2.61 (or very close to that number)
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

Sounds like you could beifit from a regear
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

If you have an overdrive id go 4.10, if not id go 3.73 (but thats just me)
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Re: GM 10 Bolt, Dana 44 or Dana 60

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I'm running BFG mud terrain 35x12.5x17 tires. I'm running a 700r4 tranny and 3.52 gears (stock) I think. I'm not sure what tranfer case comes stock in an 87 suburban, but I'm sure that is what it is. If anyone know what transfer case comes stock I'd appreciate knowing.

Thanks for all the input.

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You forgot to mention what type of wheeling you will be doing. Will it be moderate stuff like a little mud, and some trail stuff,... if it's things like that then the set up you have will probably work fine. You gears being 3.42's are a little tall for the tire size, and 3.73-4.10's would probably be better, but if you can live with them then it should be no problem. Going with a bigger tire, and/or heavy trail duty will start to press into the limits of your 10 bolts... but it can be done with a driver that's easy on the gas.
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