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sane pricing NEW D60s

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bigjbear, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Anybody notice that little blurb in 4Wheel & Offroad about Ford possibly offering NEW front D60s for arround 3k? Or even the F450 versoin w/ the bigger ring gear and heavier knuckels for a grand more. Yes, I know they are balljoint style, drop on the wrong side, and new Fords use coils up front. But spring pearches are easy to make and there are tons more x-fer cases out there that work w/ the other drop. This might make places like Boyce & Dynatrac take notice.
     
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    one can only hope I guess. Dynatrac etc are pretty spendy, but that has made room in the axle building industry for some lower priced competition to sneak in there and get some of the market.

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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    But who'd of thought that one of the "Big 3" would be the lower priced compition!
     
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    That would rock if it's true. No, wait... THAT WOULD ROOOOOCCCCCKKK!

    T-cases are easily adapted. Even ORD's big green thing is/was running a Ford case. MOOAHAHAH.
     
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    I dont think it is that good of a deal.
    You could spend $1000 on a Chevy D60, all new bearings, gears, and locker and still be under 3K. Plus you have kingpin knuckles which are super easy for crossover, and you have Chevy 8 lug which are super easy to find wheels for.
    Am I missing something thats so good about them being NEW?? :confused:
     
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    Wheels are a good point those axles are probably 8x170 and its very hard to find wheels for those trucks unless you want to buy weld.
     
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    I agree... $3k for D60 front is too much even if it is new. Hell even if you had to spend $1k on a D60 and then drop another $1k into it to rebuild it, you'd still be $1k ahead of that price with a stronger axle.. And you dont have to change spring perches and a look for a drivers drop t-case...
     
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    article said they were considering offering them a retrofit for the IFS (I assume they ment TTB) trucks, which means leafsprings and 8 on 6.5. If they only offer them in 8 on 170mm that would be a bummer.
     
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    There are a lot of people spending $2500 for 20 year old front axle from places Boyce and twice that for a new axle from places like Dynatrac. If nothing else this will keep prices from getting even higher. As far as a L/H drop case goes, they are a lot eaiser to find and normally have fewer miles than the R/H drop cases. Most GMs since '88, All GMs since '92, all Fords, Dodge since '94. Plus, if you're doing a Doubler Ford NP205s are super easy to find and all com w/ the required 31 spline input. Anyway, just my $.02.
     
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    But you could find a used axle alot cheaper and rebuild it yourself for under $2k...(depedning on the buying price). Plus the kinpin axles are stronger and you dont need to change the t-case.

    Granted changing the t-case isn't very hard and they aren't usually hard to find. But then there is more money you have to spend...
     
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    In many places 60's are kind of hard to get ahold of. I don't think $3k for a brand new one is that bad. Not that I'd spend it, but it's not a bad price.
     

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