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New ford Dana 60's

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Grizz84, Feb 20, 2007.

  1. Grizz84

    Grizz84 Registered Member

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    Which year newer Ford dana 60's have the same spring centers as our truck's? I've found a new, still crated, Dana 60 front for a '03 F450 for $1K and im trying to find out something quick. Im already planning on converting to drivers drop.
     
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    First problem is that is a 10 lug hub D60.
     
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    Now I see why you want the drivers side drop in the other post. :thumb:
     
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    The guy told me it was an 8 lug 60, haven't seen it yet in person. He claims thats what year and model it goes to though. About a 5 hour drive to go and take a look at it, been trying to get some pics from him.

    Saying it is an 8 lug though, how far off are the spring centers going to be? Kinda hard to get in touch with the guy while he's at home, he drives a truck OTR.
     
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    Yup, even though its a ball joint axle....can't beat a fresh 60 for 1k.
     
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    Pretty sure the newest 450 and 550 super doody's dont have 10 lugs like the older versions, but rather a larger 8 bolt metric circle.
     
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    either way its not going to use the same rims as ur rear chevy axle will cuz the super dudy rims are metric, plus it will have ball joints. just find a chevy or older ford hp d60
     
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    its a bolt on adaptor.

    and dont forget its stupid duty metric bolt pattern with super crapy unitized wheel bearing units. the whole thing is yucky. :(
     
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    I don't believe the F450 brakes fit in a 16" wheel. Its still a unit-bearing axle.

    If the pumpkin offset and width work for your setup, you have a very usable housing, gears (4.88 or 5.38), and inner shafts. The outer parts can be resold. You could refit with 92-97 outers, or go to aftermarket knuckles (eg. www.solidaxle.com)
     
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    Don't they have a 36 inch spring center to center, where ours is more like 31.5-32 inches? Or is that just the pre-superduty axles (97-down)?
     
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    The spacing is at least 36"... if not wider.
     
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    Ryan22re is correct; the newer axles have a 36.5" spring spacing, whereas our GM's have 32.5" spacing. The ford D60 you are looking for came from 78-79, and possibly earlier models also.
    Jimbo
     
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    F-450s use 19.5 rims, you are going to have problems with rim clearances. On the good side most of them run 4.88 gears. The unit bearings cost $450 ea to replace or $1600 to switch over to real bearings.
     
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    mmmkay, scratch that idea....im starting to lean more and more into just buying a complete setup from boyce.
     
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    dont do that unless you got a ton of extra cash, you should be able to find a good chevy d60 or even 78/79 ford hd d60 ready to bolt right up with everything you need for less than $1500
     
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