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I.D. a Dodge Axle...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by PsychoticDeadGuy, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. PsychoticDeadGuy

    PsychoticDeadGuy 1/2 ton status

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    How do i tell a Dodge D60 between a D44. I found a 8 lug dodge axle and it uses studs on the passenger side but it looks to have balljoints. I am all confused about this one. And if it is a d44, is it stronger than my 8lug 10 bolt? It has the same style arm that mounts on the driver side knuckle that GM uses on the 10bolts. It is also a full time axle, there are no selectable hubs. Could this be converted?
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    There should be a 60F on the webbing on the front of the axle. Looking at the pic it appears to be the new style ball joint 60 or maybe a 61. No hubs means no good in my book. I think it has the 3 piece axle on the long side. Also the brake calipers sure do look like the 60 calipers I have in the garage.

    Ira
     
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    so, to buy or not to buy? that is the question? i didnt know they made d61 for the front. how would i do crossover and are the balljoints strong enough to handle 40"+ tires?
     
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    I have no experienve with these axles but I say no buy. It has unitized bearings, ball joints, no hubs, not sure if crossover is possible as I cannot tell if the passenger side is flat top, and if it has the axle disconnect inside the housing it is extremely weak.

    Just my .02

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    "it came out of a mid 70's Dodge 3/4 ton 4x4. This is set up for leaf springs not coil springs. Should fit any 70's 80's and maybe some 90's dodge 4x4's."
    "wms looks like 67'' give or take a inch."
    "I want to say its a passanger side drop 8 lug 44, with 4.10s"

    Is this all true? 44? dodge makes no sence whats so ever...67"??
     
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    The sure fire way to tell is to look for the 60F or 44F on the webbing down on the lower portion by the cover. If it came from a mid 70s 3/4 ton it is prolly 44 but dodge did some crazy things.

    Ira
     
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    ok, this is about 2+ hours away from me, but its near my grandparents house, so i guess i will have to go visit them sometime soon.
     
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    what else do i look for besides the 60f stamped on the webbing? check for flattops? what else?
     
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    Looks like a 44 to me. :confused:
     
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    The more I look at it the more it looks like a 44. I did not know that 44s had the same bendix style calipers that the dana 60s have.

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    it is really confusing, it has the studs like a GM 60 but it has balljoints like a GM 44....
     
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    All early dogde's and fullsize IHC had those studs on d-44s.It probably does have flat top knuckles but being full time makes this not a very desireable axle unless it truly is a 60.I cant tell from the pics but the only way to know for sure is the #s or if your good you could tell by sure size.My money is on 44.
     
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    it's a 44.
     
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    yep...
     
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    for the 999time its a 44. full time axle from a dodge. unitized wheelbearings. pass on it to much time to convert and find the stuff to do it with.
     

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