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Dana 60 and x-over ???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by reddog64, Jan 12, 2003.

  1. reddog64

    reddog64 1/2 ton status

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    What is needed to conver the Dana 60 to crossover steering...

    Right now the k5 has a dana 44 with stock, well raised arm lowered arm so the draglnk is straight...

    I want to do the cross over when it goes in the 74...
    Or at least get ready for it...

    What do i need to start looking for...

    Also does anyone sell spring plates for the 60? steve can you get them?

    I know I need a 2wd steering box.. but what else...

    Any pointers? /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif
     
  2. TX Mudder

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    I'm in the process of doing this now.
    1. Steering box with 2wd sector shaft. You can just swap the sector shaft from a 2wd into your 4wd box, or swap the whole box.
    2. Superlift pitman arm #1104 - less than $50 at 4WPW
    3. New steering arm (can't swap old one to other side, the arm is all wrong) - as cheap as $65, going all the way up to about $150. Don't both with the ones that don't have thr 10 degree milled surface.
    4. Draglink - $100 for very beefy one from MOO, rockstomper, ORD.

    Last thing to worry about is the engine crossmember. It is in the way. You have three options there:
    1. Cut the lip off and be done with it - free
    2. Get your draglink made with a bend - same price as a straight one from rockstomper, I think
    3. Get an aftermarket engine crossmember from MOO - $150

    For the draglink, I will be using tie rod ends.
    ES2234R and ES2010L

    Some guys use drag link ends instead. That would require your draglink to be made shorter (to compensate for the longer DLEs) so you need to choose TRE or DLE before you order the draglink.
    -- Mike
     
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    Oh, about the spring plates. There is a guy on ebay that sells fabbed spring plate for d60s out of 3/4" steel plate. He even drilled a hole for the stock sway bar bolts if you choose to run a swaybar, which you can't if you go crossover.
    -- Mike
     
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    OK so let me get this straight...

    I need...

    A steering box, or the part (i know what you mean)

    But do I need the steerign shaft...??? I thought that was the same...

    the superlift pitman arm...

    a steering arm.. just one correct? where can i get this... and what abotu a 10 degree shim? you said "dont both" and confused me...

    Draglink... I'll call rockstomper.. seen them in action /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
    Doesnt the draglink come with the ends installed??
     
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    I thought I saw them on ebay some time ago... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You pretty much covered everything here. But I'll throw in another option, the ORD x-over kit. It has everything except 2WD shaft or box and was very easy to install. The parts are really beefy, too. This kit was more expensive than sourcing the parts separately, but it saved me a lot of hassle. Just my .02.

    Will
     
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    WOW...

    The ORD kit is about 500 bones!!!

    Is there a way to set up the dana 60 to work for a while temporarily with the stock steering? /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    I meant don't bother.
    Don't both with a steering arm if it doesn't have the 10 degree angle milled into it.
    You only need one steering arm and it will go on the passenger side's knuckle.
    I got mine from www.shakerbuilt.com - $90
    The sector shaft is part of the gear box. If you get a junkyard 2wd gear box, it will have it in it. Alternatively, you can remove just the sector shaft from the 2wd and install only that part into your 4wd gear box, replacing the 4wd sector shaft.
    The draglink can be ordered with ends for around $180, but I think it is better to get the ends locally so if you wear them out you can use the lifetime warranty.
    $90 steering arm
    $50 pitman arm
    $50 junkyard 2wd box (estimate)
    $100 draglink
    $50 tie rod ends for draglink at Autozone

    It can add up.
    I think the kits are nice for people who don't have the time or desire to hunt down every last part and make sure it all goes together. It is a qaulity kit.
    -- Mike
     
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    Thanks Mike!

    You made it simple...

    How do you like yours?

    Does it make a big difference in your eye's? /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    You can get the spring plates from the dealor. They are $30 or $35. Cant remember for sure. Looks like your other questions got covered.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
    Is there a way to set up the dana 60 to work for a while temporarily with the stock steering?

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    The 60 will work with your factory draglink.

    Brett /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     

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