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dana 60 question

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Michk5, Aug 22, 2003.

  1. Michk5

    Michk5 1/2 ton status

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    Can anybody tell me if a dana 60 form a dodge will bolt right up into a chevy(k5) What exactly are the differences between the chevy and dodge 60? Why is it that everyone prefers the chevy 60? /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gifAny help on this would be appreciated as I in the market for a 60-Thanks Matt
     
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    dodge dana 60's have 1.5" wider spring perches. this is not a problem though, cause if u are running a lifted spring u can pull them out at the bottum 3/4". so it is bolt in. other differences are the spring plates are a different bolt pattern. u will have to run the dodge spring plates, again not a problem unless u were wanting to keep your sway bar. make sure it is not a 61 frt. they are more common in the dodges. also make sure the dodge frt is a internal locking hubs, some of the older ones were external. knuckles out most are the same as a chevy. only difference in the outers that i have seen is the spindle nuts. internally the only difference is the dodge inner axles are different lengths than the chevy.

    hope that helps. i would run whatever i found 1st.
     
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    the dodge perches are only 1/2" wider, the springs needs to be pushed out a 1/4" on each side.... Az-kickin offroad can make you some offset bushing for your springs that will push them out a 1/4 inch on each side.....
     
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    the dodge perches are only 1/2" wider, the springs needs to be pushed out a 1/4" on each side.... Az-kickin offroad can make you some offset bushing for your springs that will push them out a 1/4 inch on each side.....

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    I second the above quote. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    o.k. so i stand corrected at 1/2"
     
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    i was told the dodge d60 is also not as strong as the chevy.... i heard that cuz i was tryin to buy a 79 power wagon with a d60 front.. but now im gettin a 79 gmc k35 with a front d60 /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    I dunno where that came from but i know that the axles on my dodge 60 do not neck down, the u joints are the same. The only time i broke anything was when i was wheelin with out the steering stops in, and took out a u joint and short shaft.. but that was obviously my bad and not the axles.....
     
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    If you were talking about an old Power Wagon w/ closed knuckles and small u-joints, that would be true. The open knuckle/disc brake era p/u D60s are the equivelent of the GMs of the same era.
     
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    Thanks for the info guys--Matt
     

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