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Dana axle differences?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by broncoman6524, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. broncoman6524

    broncoman6524 1/2 ton status

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    Basically in the dana front axle what are the main differences, like from the manufacurers. Like is a ford and chevy d60 the same? Other than the spring perches and brake lines. Im not asking the difference between like a dana 60 and d44. Im not THAT dumb;)
     
  2. 1977k5

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    Every manufacturer uses a little different version of either the dana 44 or dana 60. Ford uses a driver side drop dana 60, while Chevy and Dodge 60's are passenger drop. There are plenty of other differences (knuckles, hubs, gears, etc.).
     
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    gotcha but are they all closely related like strenght wise?
     
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    Dodges have external hubs which are easier to break. Fords have weaker knuckles but have stronger reverse cut gears. All three are pretty much equal strength-wise after that.
     
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    for Dana 60 info, go here-----> LINK
     
  6. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    IIRC, Chebbie D60's and Frrds maybe are kingpin and Dodges are balljoints... anyway, the balljoint ones would be avoided, IMHO.

    What do I know, I have a 10b front =))

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    Older Dodge front ends had kingpins. Newer Ford and Dodge front 60's have balljoints (Chevy didn't even make solid front axles during this period). I would agree with you on trying to avoid the ball joints though.
     

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