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Has anyone run Ford brakes on their Dana 60?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Flexy K20, Feb 22, 2003.

  1. Flexy K20

    Flexy K20 1/2 ton status

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    If you change out the outer knuckles to Ford ones, Chevy's are 6 stud Ford's are 5, and the spindles and rotors you could run Ford brakes, which in this case are better. Ford's calipers are a little bigger and the are DUAL piston. I was curious if anyone has done this, because my friend just bought a Dana 60 and it came with this. Is there anything else involved? How did it all work out? Thanks
    -fLeXy K20
     
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    Got HiPin 60 with dual piston calipers and love it.Best the brakes have ever been on my rig.Some Ford 44s with 8 lug rotors have the same brake setup on them.I have one of them also for a future project. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Yep, I'm running an HP Ford Dana 60 as well with the dual piston calipers. The brakes are quite impressive /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif. Believe it or not but my 8k pound truck actually stops quicker and safer than it did with the stock tires and the stock abs system functioning /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif. Nothing like 4 locked up 40" tires to bring you to a hault /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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    The only downside to the Ford outers is that it costs a whole lot more to convert to 35 spline. I found a kit for around 595 and the parts for around 450... Compared to around 250 for a GM 60...

    WMS 35 Spline Kit
     
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    I want your high steer arm for crossover.Where'd you get it and how much.I'd like to do whole high steer setup later on 88SWB SFA.This is first time I can lock tires on pavement since going to 35s years ago.Also have 10.25 dually axle in rear.The drums pull of without tearing down bearings and help to keep mud out of drum brakes.Also has more clearance than shaved 14B. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    It's the arm from ORD
     
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    Thanks.Can't afford to do this now,but,planning on doing it later.Just gotta save the dough. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I'll probably have my arm for sale here in a few months if you haven't got one by then... I'm making my own knuckles with integrated arms...
     
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    The Ford 1.25" rotors are known for cracking & warping under heavy use. The dual-piston caliper won't fit a 1.5" rotor. The Ford calipers sometimes have one piston jam up too /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

    I'd consider the dual-piston an upgrade on a Dana 44, but not on the 60
     
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    I believe Dan (KRAZIE87K5) is running Ford brakes on his GM D60. /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    Two things to remember about Ford knuckles/spindles:
    1. It is harder to 15" wheels on.
    2. You cannot fit a D70 outer in the Ford Spindle. So, no 35 spline.

    Number 1 may not matter to a lot of people, but number two should.
    -- Mike
     
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    Tx Mudder, read my 2nd to last post. At the bottom you will see this LINK
     
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    $595 a set, versus much less for spicer units.
    That is an OK price if you want alloy stub shafts, but if you don't then it's $$.
    Nice to know they make them though.
     
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    PM me about it when you're ready to get rid of it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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