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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-04-2001, 03:28 PM
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D60 brakes

Hi guys;

Buddy of mine just picked up Dana 60s from an early 80s Dodge Ram pickup - I
believe 1 ton. The wheels are 8 bolt, 16.5 rims, the front is 35 spline
inner, 30 spline stubs, and the rears are 30 spline. Has 4.10 gears. He is
planning on running these full width in his Jeep YJ.

He went to the dealer (just for base pricing) and was told the front brake
assembly, which appears to include the hub, rotor, caliper, and hanger, was
well over 500$ each. Rear drums are 180$, not including the hubs. These
prices are canadian, so it might not be as shocking as you think if you are
American, and have real money.

At these prices, we were thinking that some part swapping might be in order.
We are also concerned with the 16.5 rims, and would rather run 15 inch rims,
but I don't think there is any way these calipers/disks are going to fit
within that rim size, etc etc.

So we are looking for options (hopefully CHEAPER options) of parts we can
swap in that would get brakes on these things with a 5 bolt or 6 bolt
pattern in a 15 inch rim. We realize this might mean swapping/drilling the
rear axle shafts. Anyone got any ideas? We've heard that chevy knuckles in
combination with some other parts would accomplish this on the front end,
but are unsure of the exact parts brew we need to end up where we want to

Thanks guys.


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Re: D60 brakes

Chad, do yourself a favor and make do with what you have.Get the 8 lug 15" wheels and just grind down the front calipers. The rear should be fine. This is exactly what I did on my CJ. See, I am a cheap bastard and wanted an easy, quick fix for a common problem. Also, with a 16.5 rim there is no safety bead. That means airing down past 10 or so psi can blow the tire off of the rim. I am really shocked at the great lengths people go to just to keep a set of rims.If you want more info let me know.Ricky...seeya...

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Re: D60 brakes

i like my hummer rims.... but they'll cost you way plenty too probably..
high5 knows how to get the 5 on 5.5 d-60 front...something about grafting on ford knuckles....

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Re: D60 brakes

Can't offer any help on the Dodge version of a D60, but I'll second the other post. Get some 15" 8 lug wheels. Grind the calipers 'til they fit. Around here, 15 x 8" 8 lug painted steel spoke wheels can be found for about $25 each new. My Jeep has a D60 from a Chevy, and that's how it is set up. Another choice is to go with a 16" wheel. Less grinding, but fewer tire choices available. Also consider swapping to discs for the rear instead of paying for new drum parts that will fill up with mud. Good luck.

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