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Axle info needed!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by chevyluvin, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. chevyluvin

    chevyluvin Newbie

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    I have a 1986 chevy half ton with a straight axle and what I want to do is put a 14bolt in the rear and a dana60 in the front, what I need to know is can I take a dana60 from the front of a chevy 1ton and bolt it right in with no mods? If mods are needed what is involved? And what year donor vehical should I be looking for? I want to get the dana 60 first and then find a 14bolt with matching gear ratio! And one more question, can you get an ARB locker for the dana60?
     
  2. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    Well you'll probably need a couple conversion ujoints if you dont' want to get 1-ton shafts made. You'll need different u-bolts but you should get new ones anyways if you're swapping axles. Not sure about brake line connections... someone else can help you there. ARBs are definately available for the 60. You'll need 8 lug wheels if you don't have them already. Also, you'll have to grind your calipers if you want to fit 15" wheels. You might also have to move the rear spring perches? Can't verify that tho.
     
  3. dave_90_blazer

    dave_90_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    D60 front is a direct bolt in, as long as you have the spring plates and u-bolts, and it is from a single rear wheel truck(not dual rear wheel/dually)
    remember that D60s are 8 lug
     
  4. chevyluvin

    chevyluvin Newbie

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    Wont a 14bolt rear have 8lugs and same pattern as the dana60?
     
  5. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    Yes, a 14bolt has 8 lugs. Well a FF will for sure. Not sure about a SF?
     
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    dave_90_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    as long as it is a chevy rear, and has 8 lugs, it is the same pattern

    also, the rear that is best, is a 14bff from a 3/4 ton, the spring perches and shock mounts are correct, and the only diff otherwise is it may have smaller brakes then the 1 ton axle
     
  7. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    1 ton 14bff has different distance spring perches and opposite side shock mounts i believe. 3/4 ton 14bff is the same only that it is direct bolt in
     
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    79k20350 3/4 ton status

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    the 3/4 ton 14 bolts have much smaller brakes. i have both a 1 ton and 3/4 ton 14 bolt here at my house and the differance is amazing (both in size and stopping power)
     
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    dave_90_blazer 1/2 ton status

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    it depends, IIRC, you can find 3/4 ton 14bffs with the same brakes as the smaller 1 ton brakes

    but if a rear disk swap is in your plans, not a big deal
     
  10. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    You don't need a conversion joint for the D60, they use a 1310 stock.
     

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