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Whats the deal here why is d60 stuff so expensive??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BlazerBoy, Apr 20, 2001.

  1. BlazerBoy

    BlazerBoy 1/2 ton status

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    What is the deal with the Manual hubs for the D60? First of all, what is the deal with the auto to manual conversion kit is it required? That kit is only like 60 bucks or so but then if you get the warn Manual hubs they are like 200 some dollars.... WOW why is that, you can get them for any other axel for like 80 bucks. When I say the price for those my Jaw hit the floor. So have you guys done to your D60's ?? left them the way they are or gone to manual? Thanks

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  2. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    Everything for a 60 is expensive. You got to pay to play.

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    Dana 60=rare=big=strong=highdemand=expensive.

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  4. BadDog

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    Look at it this way, for D44/C10 the parts are rated to handle the load that a D44/C10 is expected to handle. In addition, the engineering and equipment needed to produce these is amortized over thousands of parts sold.

    D60, on the other hand is rated to handle much higher stress and the parts for it must be rated similarly. Why would anyone want to put weaker parts on (unless it was intended as a fuse). So, D60 parts are bigger, heavier, have closer tolerances, and have more expensive alloys/materials. On top of that, D60 is much less common so they can not recoup the costs of engineering and equipment over large sales numbers. They have to get it back somehow, otherwise it is not worth their trouble to produce and you wouldn't even have the option of buying one at any price.

    Just simple economics...

    Bad Dog

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