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ford dana 60 knuckle upgrade

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jason m, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. jason m

    jason m 1/2 ton status

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    i have a ford dana 60 in the front of my jeep ( ya i know its a jeep, but i tow with a chevy ), even with power steering i always cringed when i cut the wheel hard, thinking i will snap the bolts off the high steer ( posion custom arms ). now i am going full hydro so an upgrade is in order. what i did was cut a pieace of 3/8 T-1 and weld it to another pieace of 1/4 T-1 1.5'' flat stock. then i welded it all to the OEM knuckle arm and using the old steering arm hole i weld a 1'' bolt and weld it to the plate. here some crappy pictures but shows what i did and the hole thing can come off to service the KP's, jason.

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    heres one more and i have some of the other side with the arms bolted to it, i will get them later, jason.

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    Why do you cringe when you turn the wheel. Are the poison spyder arms crap? I was thinking of getting a pair for reverse High steer
     
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    He's afraid of breaking the knuckle (because the Ford ones are considered kinda weak).
     
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    the ford knuckles are the weeker of the three, thin webbing. so when i bought the arms from them they told me to run grade 5 bolts on the arm, i thought the guy was on crack so i asked him why he said ''i would rather see the bolts snap insted of the knuckle if i went to grade 8 or studs''. i did install the grade 8 bolts, but after seeing my friends ford 60 form cracks in the webbing area i got nervise ( he had studs ) and put grade 5. this is why now i did the reneforcement to the knuckle to spread out the force and beef the webbing. there arms are strong but my parts are a little week, jason.
     
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    Oh i see, are all the ford knuckles like that or just certain years?
     
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    78Buford broke a knuckle on his Ford truck a while back, and this is a fairly common problem with big tires and hard trail use.

    Regarding running grade 5's with the hope it will shear the bolts first......not really sure how that is a whole lot better. The bolts usually break off flush or inside the knuckle so no easy way to get them out, especially out on the trail.
     
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    no all king pin ford knuckles are thinner in the upper web area and with high steer they can snap easyer than the chevy or dodge, the price i pay for the high pinion. i do have chevy knuckles i could swap on but now i dont think i have to.

    i said the same thing 6.2 blazer about runing the grade 5 bolts, this is why i put the 8's in there but got nervise under hard turns and with 39 red lable krawlers they bite hard, jason.
     
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    Great Idea on beef'in up the knuckle. I'm not a cert'd welder or anything but is it safe to weld on the knuckles? Never had much luck welding cast stuff myself, always ends up cracking. I ask b/c I don't know.

    Very nice welds by the way.
     
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    thanks, the knuckles acording to the dana 60 bible are a cast steel and i saw alot of peapel on pirate weld plates to beefup the knuckles. i set my miller 250 on a spray, but without runing a 98/2% gas its not true spray, more of a globular transfer. the welds are close to 100% in most ares so i am certan they will hold. somone ask ( well told me ) on pirate that what did wont help with over all strength, the main reasion i did this was to to get the strees off the 4 KP bolts, keep them from sherring and keep my week ass ford knuckles form breaking when i go full hydro, jason.
     

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