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Detroit Locker install in a front Dana 60? Shadetree mechanic doable?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BurbinOR, Apr 1, 2001.

  1. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Guys, got my Dana 60 sitting outside in my utility trailer waiting for time to complete a couple of prep things before it goes under the Blazer. Needs brakes, etc.............big question is can a Detroit Locker be put into a Dana 60 much like into a 14BFF? In other words, WITHOUT HAVING TO RE-SET THE GEARS. I would love to do this myself as I am doing all the other work to it, but want to make sure. Or will I have to have the gears re-set by a pro (my engine builder Ben agreed to do it if I need him to, but would rather just drop in a Detroit without doing any gear reset).

    Any other opinions on using a Detroit or should I look at a Tru-Trak or Powerlok? If I use those, I am pretty sure the gears would need to be re-set, right?

    Not worried about the usual "Detroit Locker in the front affecting turn radius" issues. This beast will be used mainly for SAND and whatever trails I use it on I will deal with the turning radius issues. As Ken once said, "drop in a Detroit and forget it". I like this theory...........an ARB is just too costly to justify...........and I like the bulletproof-ness of a Detroit up front.

    TIA..........

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  2. tRustyK5

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    As far as I know any traction aiding device for the Dana 60 will replace the existing open carrier, so I would say yes the gears will have to be set up again. I think the 14 bolt rear is the only diff that the carrier is re-used.

    Rene

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  3. Brians 60s

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    Rene is right. any trac lock, powerlock, or detroit locker in a
    d60 requires scrapping the existing carrier completely and replacing it, so you do have to reset your gears. Just be sure
    to save all of your shims so you have a base to go on for a
    reset. BTW, I don't have a detroit for a 60 but I do have a traclock and a powerlock for one as well as a couple sets of
    4.56s if you are interested. Brian

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  4. 6.2Blazer

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    The only option you have for a locker in a Dana 60 that does not require the gears to be set-up would be a Lock-Right. Different people usually have varying opinions on how a Lock-right will hold up, but my opinion is that they are as strong as the stock carriers (in other words not as strong as a Detroit, but how many people can break a 60?).
    There are two guys in our club with front Dana 60's, one with a Detroit and one with a Lock-Right, and both run strong 454's and around 40" tires. The guy with the Detroit originally had a Lock-right but broke it, though he is REALLY hard (borderline abuse) on his truck. The other guy uses his truck hard but doesn't really abuse it and the Lock-right has been trouble free for several years now.
     
  5. Emmettology 101

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    Detroit is the best way to go if you dont want to mess with an ARB.. From what I heard the Powerlock is next in line sinc eyou can have it rebuilt with more clutches and springs making it will lock harder.

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