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Best year(s) for a D60 front-end

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fad2blk99, Feb 18, 2004.

  1. fad2blk99

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    I'm ready to get serious about hunting down a D60. Diff and gear ratio doesn't matter cuz I'll be going w/ 5.13s and a locker (unless of course I'm lucky enough to score one w/ this setup). What are the best years to get and which ones should I steer clear of? What are the year/make/models for the 16, 30, & 35 spline inner/outer setups. Any info would be greatly appreciated...
     
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    85' and later had 35 spline outers.
     
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    85' and later had 35 spline outers.

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    I dont think any Dana 60s came stock with 35 spline outers.

    My 60 is out of an 88 military K30.I dont realy know the best years but as long as it is an open knuckle,GM model its gonna have 35 spline inners.
     
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    Here is a link to the Dana 60 bible.Just about everything you could ever want to know about a 60 is in there.

    The Bible

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    85 and up. the reason is because the shafts that SHOULD be in the axle are the NON neck down inner shafts, 35 spline. and the 30 spline outters.

    Grant
     
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    is that the same for dodge D60 (please please please be so) /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Should be.
     
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    my 60" is a 87 and it came with 35 spline inner axels,30 outers which were replaced with 35 spline Stubs
     
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    The bible says Dodge and chevy are almost the same. I got a 90 D60 and it says I got the beef for inners /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    The non-neck down, fat inner axles started around '79/'80.

    I personally think vehicle mileage and intended use play a much bigger factor in which axle to get (assuming you have a choice of more than one). All Chevy D60's from around 80 thru 91 will be basically the same so you really need to concentrate on what kind of shape it's in (ie; rotors, bearings, etc).
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Thanks guys! this was just the info I was lookiing for....
     
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    [ QUOTE ]

    9) Chevy/Dodge uses six 1/2" spindle studs, Ford uses five 7/16" spindle studs

    10) Ford knuckles seem to have more issues with the upper kingpin area strength than others. Chevy/Dodge knuckle has thicker ribbing around the upper kingpin area.




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    hummmmmmmm
     
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    and that's why we don't buy fords /forums/images/graemlins/doah.gif
     
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    85' and later had 35 spline outers.

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    No. The 35-spline stubs were exclusive to the Dana 70 front axles. AFAIK, ALL GM Dana 60's have 35-spline innnser shaft and 30-spline outer shaft. The biggest differnece in the GM D60's is in the inner axle design. the Early ones had neck-down shaft and the later ones has non-neckdown shafts for the inner axles...

    Chris
     
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    Yeah and Ford outter (outer knuckles, spindles, hubs and caliper and brackets) are very screwy...different altogether.

    Chris
     

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