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Dana 60

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dysphemism, Nov 24, 2001.

  1. dysphemism

    dysphemism 1/2 ton status

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    Okay I am about to buy a Dana 60 for what I consider a steal at $620 with the gears that I want (4.56) It is out of a Chevy pickup and will be going under my 86 Jimmy. Now I was wondering are the Chevy axles desireable or not? I'm pretty sure they are open-knuckled but what spline count did chevy use over the years and is there any years that I will not want to purchase? Basically am I potentially buying a lemon axle or should it be a good deal? I'm not sure what year Chevy all Im sure is that it is a Chevy 1 ton truck.
     
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    For $620 it is a steal if it is complete and in good working order. Make sure you get the spring plates and everything hub-to-hub. There are no bad Chevy D60s, this is exactly what you want...

    Russ

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  3. wayne

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    Rule #1. Please fill out your profile.
    Rule #2. It must be a lemon for that price so why don't you just let me come and get it so you won't have the headache of it being a lemon.[​IMG]
    Just messing with you but for that price pick it up and get it under your K5.

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  4. thatK30guy

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    When the K30 was started in production in '77, GM did one thing right: they left the axles alone all the way up to '91. [​IMG]
    My guess, they finally got something right and did not need to improve the axle, as it was from the factory.

    There are no differences in spline counts on factory axles. All are 35 spline inners and 30 spline outers. All are open-knuckles. ANY year D60 will work just fine. There are no 'lemon axles' on the K30's. Just make sure the 1 ton truck is between '77 to '91. [​IMG]


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    be ready to swap over to 16.5 rims after the D60 swap.
    $620 is a good price for a lemon.

    -Zakk
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    my plan is to grind the calipers and run 8 lugs in front and 6 lug 15x12s in the rear. I run a 14bolt SF in the rear and its 6 lug. I guess a new question would be how hard is it to grind down a caliper. About how much would it cost to have done, as I dont have a grinder at my house. I really hope I get this axle!

    Beefing up my truck broken part by broken part.
    1986 GMC Jimmy 9" lift, 38" swampers, and a sarcastic liscense plate holder.
     
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    You won't have fun doing that! You'll have to carry 2 spares..... that takes up a lot of room. I say sell the the 14b sf, and the front you have on there now, put that money towards the new rear and some rims and tries..... otherwise you get sick of the mismatch lugs really quickly....

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    BTW you can use 15" wheels on a 14 FF. I was reading you profile and you said you put the 14 SF so you could keep the 15" wheels.

    86Jimmy 4"&35"MTRs,87 burb 4"&35"MT,69Firebird w/525 hp,and 70GTO live in PHX,AZ<a target="_blank" href=http://www.geocities.com/modifierperformance>My vehicles</a>
     
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    I didn't think 15" rims would fit on a 14b ff?

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    I run 8 lug 15" rims on my 14 bolt FF. They fit great...as for grinding the D60 calipers to run 15's check "The General" I think. If i recall correctly he has pics of a ground down D60 caliper. If I'm wrong...someone will correct me.[​IMG]
    Anyway its a pic in the member rides.

    I'd lose the 14 bolt SF. It's a desirable 6 lug axle that's prolly worth more than a 4.56'd 14 bolt FF. Sell one and buy the other and have matching 8 lugs front and rear.

    Rene

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    Well that's good to know since I was thinking they didn't... I might buy a set I found and hang onto them so if I even go to 8 lug I will have them... [​IMG]

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    If you enjoy mounting tires on the trail! [​IMG]

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    If you look at my pics the wheels I have are 15x10 with 4 1/8" backspacing and they fit the 14ff just fine but I had to do a good bit of grinding on the Dana 60. It is scary looking but there is alot of metal in those calipers.

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    Well in that case I'll sell the SF. It's worth more than a FF which is kinda funny. It was a good swap at the time but I guess its time to get rid of it. I used it because my wheels are really nice and I wanted to keep them, if you're wondering. Now im going to get new ones anyways. I didn't know a 15 would fit a FF without doing something to it. Thats great to know! Im crossing my fingers and hoping I can get this axle.

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    I think 16's fit with no grinding...isn't that what Frank uses? (BlazzinOR)

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    Yes, 16's will fit no problem. They come from the factory this way, too. [​IMG]


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