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dana 60 & 8" of lift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by mybeast, Oct 11, 2000.

  1. mybeast

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    dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    I'm treating my 79 jimmy to a Dana 60. Whats the best way to solve my steering problems(without going to a crossover or hydralic setup)the swap is going to drain my fundage. Any comments positive or negative would help.

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  2. Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    You could buy a raised stering block for the nucle and dropped drag link.Not as good as crossover but it should work fine.
    Good luck

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    If you are using 8" springs that were for a stock front axle-you'll actually have closer to a 10" lift when you bolt on the 60. Dana 60 block(3-4"),2" dropped pitman,2" dropped draglink.
     
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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Well the Dana 60 blocks for the knuckle only measure 2.5", the dropped pitman arm is 2", and the dropped drag link is 4", so you've got enough corrections available. Also, if in fact you do go 8", save up and buy the crossover steering, it is utterly amazing how much better these tall trucks steer with crossover steering versus all those danged corrections. I did both my crossovers on my dana 60s for under $250 each. We don't need no stinking ORU $800 kit!!!!

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Hey Ken do have a write up or any "plans" drawn up for your crossover steering kit?

    Mike [​IMG]
    See <font color=green>EMMETT</font color=green> -&gt; http://emmett.coloradok5.com
     
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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    No, but its not rocket science. Got the custom right hand steering arm from Parts Mike (it was like $75-100, can't remember), also got the new pitman arm (for the 2WD steering box) from Parts Mike, although this is a Superlift part (#1104) for a lifted Jeep Wagoneer. If you get the Ford pitman, the tapered hole is not the correct size, so get the Jeep one. For a steering box, I went to my father-in-laws wrecking yard and got a 2WD GM truck box. Make sure you get the correct fitting version (changed in 1981 I believe), otherwise you'll have to get a custom hose (and we're trying to do this on the CHEAP!), For the drag link, I got a used Chevy 44 (or 10 bolt) tie-rod and had it shortened to my specified length and re-threaded (machine shop cost $25). This is about it, all for under $250 or so.

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    That will work


    Thanks Ken!

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Hey Ken, Thanks for posting that, will help me out mucho in the future. But who is "Parts Mike?" Do they have a website or number or anything? Sorry, I just never heard of them, but would like to get those parts from them. Thanks
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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    There's an article on http://www.off-road.com/chevy on the Dana 60 crossover. Parts Mike link to his site should be there. He's a great guy and he knows his stuff.

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Ken thanks for the advise. I'll probably go that route.Hopfully it just sounds more difficult than it really is.

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Yeah! This crossover steering is SO EASY!!! I am really suprised alot more people haven't done it yet. I'm gonna do my 3rd 60 crossover on the wife's Suburban...it's getting 8" lift springs (up from it's low altitude 6"!!!), then it'll get a crossover, they just steer SO MUCH better!! As for Parts Mike, his # is 530-885-0673 and he is in Auburn, CA (close to the Rubicon!). As a side note, Mike also set me up with the steering arms (plural) for "knuckle over" steering (same as crossover for us GMs) in my Jeep Scrambler (CJ8) with Dana 44...so you know what that means? Yes, he's got the crossover stuff for those of you STILL running 44 or 10 bolt fronts. Mike is a great guy and wonderful to talk on the phone to, great customer service, and best of all VERY REASONABLY priced...I wish I could say that of other crossover steering selling companies (ORD excluded!!). Good luck!!

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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    Ken, about how long does it take once you round up all the parts. i'm sold this is the way i'm going to go.


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    Re: dana 60 & 8\" of lift

    About and hour or two. And that's taking beer, er ah, I mean, soda breaks!! The trick is to get the measurement approximately accurate for the drag link so you can already have that shortened and ready to go. I recommend installing the right side steering arm, then take the new pitman arm and hold it up kinda where it will go when you replace the steering box, then take a measurement and have your tie rod (new drag link) shortened. It can be close, but I wanted it to be within an inch, so my adjustment on the drag link wouldn't be all the way in or all the way out. My measurement was 44", but yours may vary, mock it up like I said so that you have the drag link ready to go so your truck is not out of commission waiting for the shortened drag link. Hope this helps, and good luck!

    ken
     

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