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Dana 60 swap ??s

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kpanza, Feb 25, 2002.

  1. kpanza

    kpanza 1/2 ton status

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    Hey guys,

    I hope that I am not bringing something up that has been covered 10,000 times, but I was hoping that I could get some quick questions about this swap answered? I have been made an offer that I can hardly refuse on a D60, but want to find out if I am gonna be faced with a snowballing project here??

    The D60 is in good shape, out of a running truck. I would of course have the rotors turned, slap some new pads in there, and possibly use the calipers as cores and get some new ones. Other brake questions: Do I need to change out the master cylinder and proportioning valve?? I know that my stock brake lines will hook right up to the D60 calipers, but what else do I need to keep in mind with the brakes?

    As far as driveshaft - will I need to modify that to fit the D60 yoke? Been told that they use the same size u-joints (my 10 bolt and D60) on the shaft end? Is it a big difference in length? And as far as steering, I is it a direct hook up if I stay with the stock steering for now? Some day I would probably switch to crossover, but just want to be able to drive it ASAP.

    The axle will need to be regeared, as it has 4.10s and I have 4.56s, any other things to replace? Thanks in advance for any answers, and sorry if this has been covered, I am just trying to get some quick answers so that I don't miss a sweet deal! Any and all input is appreciated!

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    Keith it serioulsy matters if it is a D60 from a dodge or a Chevy. Dodge. Um oh boy lots of little mods to make it work like driveline, and steering arm. Ask Mudhog about a D60 Dodge swap. He just did it finally this weekend.

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    If it is in a running truck now just bolt it in and go.[​IMG] On my 89 all I changed was the brake lines since I did the lift at the same time and needed longer ones. I left the rest of the brake system alone and it stops better now then it did with the 10 bolts. The driveshaft should bolt right up. My steering hooked up with no problems except I had to put a raised steering block on for the lift. If it does not have manual hubs change them when you do the gear swap.

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  4. kpanza

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    Yes, it is out of a Chevy truck, so should be able to avoid the Dodge axle problems. I already have the extended brake lines, so that is done deal. The owner thinks the rotors may need turning, so might do that as a precaution (and so I don't have to down the line!) They didn't come with manual hubs? I will have to check to see what it has. I assume that the steering block is pretty standard? And it doesn't sound like you guys changed anything in regards to the master cylinder or prop valve? That would be one less headache...

    Thanks guys! I appreciate it very much!

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    keith,

    just like above replys it's just a bolt on matter. one thing you might want to change out are the wheel bearings since you'll have it apart to turn the rotors.

    oh, and don't forget to get the spring plates, you'll need those.

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  6. kpanza

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    Ok, so it sounds pretty straight forward - I just didn't want to buy the thing and then have a huge list of things to change, which would make my "good deal" a "not so good deal" for my wallet!

    So, no major brake work, just some turned rotors, new pads and check the calipers.
    Steering - I just need the block (or crossover if I get any tax $$ back!) [​IMG]
    New wheel bearings and other small stuff...in addition to the gear swap of course.

    And the brake lines off my 10B WILL bolt up to the D60 calipers, right? I got two different answers on that one from a coupel of people, just trying to make sure. I thought they did, but tell me if they don't.

    Thanks again guys, I may just be packing some D60 beef pretty soon! [​IMG] Of course, I will have to find a buyer for my 3/4t 10B w/ 4.56, ARB and all new brakes, etc...? Oh, and will also have a matching 14BFF to go with it! [​IMG]

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    go x-over right out of the gate. i didn't and i regret it. my brakelines were "plug &amp; play" as was the driveshaft. make sure the stabelizer is new and or in good shape. that is another thing on my "to do" list...

    I wish that list got shorter for once...it always seems to grow...

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    10 bolt brake hoses will bolt up to D60.
    D44 brake hoses, will not...uses a different size banjo....looks similar but won't work. This is fact...tested it myself.
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