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D60 poss purchase...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    ok im gonna look at a d60 either tomorrow or sat...250:D :D HEHEHE! anyway it supposedly has 5.13s...:D now what exaclty should i look at? i know ot pull the diff cover, and check the gear ration on the ring gear to confirm ratio...and that kingpins are "better" than BJs. what exactly is the diff? ya i know noobish question...:doah: anything else i should check for? Its sposed to be a ford axle taht had the perches moved to fit out years chevies.
     
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    Just make sure that it is what they claim it to be make make sure that its not a dana 50. Kingpins are stronger than balljoints and last longer, but if the balljoints are in good shape they will work fine.
     
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    are there any sure fire ways to tell a diff? i did a quick search and they appear to be the same...whats the diff in a d60 and d61?
     
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    The dana 61 exists so that the OEM's could run very high (numerically low) gears. I think 3.73 is the lowest you can run in that housing, though I think some have kinda cheated (spacers) and run 4.10's or something like that. Do some research on the differences between a 50 and a 60.

    I would imagine it is pretty apparent whether it is a 50 or a 60. The only reason I warned you about it is I have heard of some people trying to sell an axle as a 60 when it is actually a 50. Early 90's Ford front ends are often dana 50's.
     
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    The dana 50 solid axle didnt show up til the Super Duties. The D50 TTB has been around since 1980, but not the solid axle.

    The D50 has a smaller ring gear and different axle shafts than a 60, but i dont know how you could tell the difference by just looking at it, other than possibly running the BOM.
     
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    ok...i guess illl pop the cover like i said, confirm gear ration and kinda eyeball measure the ring gear to figureout what kinda dana it is. the 50 would have smaller in diameter tubes in the housing would it?
     
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    Never dealt with a 50 but if its like other Dana axles it will have a "50" or "60" cast into the housing usually in the web area around the diff.
     

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