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Dana 60 steering block ??*update*

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wayne, Sep 16, 2001.

  1. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    It is on!!! When I took it off and cleaned it up again I flipped it over and it went down on the studs far enough to get the knuckle on and I used a crisscross pattern to tighten it down. Thanks Boss for your input.
    Well I put the block on today which took a little perswasion(sp) which Shawn said it wood. It was not that bad but now with the block on the holes in the knuckle don't line up with the studs. If I line up 2 of the holes on one end the other end is about a half a hole off for the studs to come up through. Any ideas on what to do? I have a few ideas but just want to see what you guys think. Thanks.

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    <font color=blue>Happy Trails<font color=blue> <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by wayne on 09/17/01 12:44 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Wayne,

    Doesn't look like you have many options here. I would like to know where you got the block, as I am about to order one. Can you return it?

    Derf00

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  3. wayne

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    The block is a Black Diamond block that came off Shawns Potent Rodent and it was also on Steve Fox's UAV so I know it should fit. When you go to buy one shop around because I have seen them as cheap as $70. I will most likely pull it off and ream out the holes a little. On a good note though the king pin bushing looks like new still.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    must be D60 day. i was over at The Generals house today doing the same thing.

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  5. yunit

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    I went with Wayne earlier today to pick up my D60.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Wayne,

    Thanks for the info. My progress is a little slow, but have pulled the kingpin bushings, and they are not showing any signs of wear either. I have sandblasted and repainted the 14, and am almost finished with the 60, just a lot more stuff to clean and paint. They will look like they came from the factory when finished.

    Derf00

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Got any pictures of the axle rebuilds? I love seeing things go from old and ugly back to new and shiny. [​IMG] Not to mention I will be doing the same real soon with my 14/60 combo.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Wayne,

    You don't want to ream out the holes too much or at all for that matter. Reason is, you might get some play in your steering when the arm causes the block to move around b/c the enlargened hole.
    It should fit though. Can you like put the studs in first and then the block over it??

    CaliK5,
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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Cool......thanks Boss.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    I did put the studs in first. I am going to try and take it back apart and see what is causing it not to line up. It almost seems like the holes in the block are not straight and it is causing the studs to push out a little. I only plan to reem out 2 of the holes if I have to and I am not sure if that will have any affect on the steering. I think if I just do the 2 holes it should not move once it is tightened up, so once it is under the truck I will just have to keep an eye on it. I should just bite the bullit and do the crossover.[​IMG]

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    "I think if I just do the 2 holes it should not move once it is tightened up"

    You would think it wouldn't move. But overtime after all the stress the gearbox to the pitman arm to the draglink put's onto the arm, it may jar it loose and creat some slop/play. I would just still try and find a way to make it work before you ream. How about putting the studs in crisscross? Just trying to throw in some suggestions here.
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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    I understand what you are saying and I don't want to ream the holes out. I will try a few thing first before I ream them. Keep the ideas comming though.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Yunit, I look forward to seeing your truck done and hopefully getting togeather to do some wheeling.

    Thanks again Boss.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Nice!! I'm glad to hear you got it to work!! Take care.
    Boss
    ps, CaliK5, I sent you the PM with pics.

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    I had the same problem with the studs lineing up, I just hit a few of the studs with a hammer to bend them in a little, not saying this is right or anything but I did get the POS on. I never felt right about running that block but didn't have any problems either , order ORD's cross-over kit as soon as you can.

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    Wayne-
    I had the same problems you did. I was able to get that thing on but it was tough! Warn definitely made that spacer the wrong size! I wonder what they would say if you called them up and say you're not happy with it. Tell them you tried it on 3 other D60's and it still doesn't fit correctly. Maybe they got some left over. Other than that, I'd just ream the holes again. Be sure to use grade 8 studs/nuts on that. Sorry to hear of the problems. I'm really glad I didn't charge you for that!

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    Re: Dana 60 steering block ??

    I got a new set of studs from Superlift and let me say it was a pain in the a$$ to get them. Also looking at the pics of the block on the UAV it looks like the block is sitting on an angle to the side but on mine it is sitting with everything in a straight line from top to bottom. Also the holes are already oversized from the factory so my best bet is that they were not drilled straight. And Steve don't worry because as soon as it is lifted and I get the trans swap done providing nothing else needs to be done the crossover is next on the list.

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