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when are we going to have an alternative to the dana 60?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by COCHEV, Sep 6, 2002.

  1. COCHEV

    COCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    is this forever going to be the only upgrade from a 44? i can only see them getting more expensive - if that's possible. if only there was something esle to install that would be a strength upgrade and not so damn hard to find and expensive. i've read up a bit on the ctms and chrome moly shaft rout but the money involved in that would add up to a 60 and still not be as strong. too bad gm didn't mass produce one tons like they did 1/2 and 3/4 tons. /forums/images/icons/frown.gif
     
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    jeffro 1/2 ton status

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    Unimog axles are gaining popularity and probably cost about as much as a 60 from a specialty place.
     
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    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    rockwells are also becoming more common place. and are easier to go to coil overs.
     
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    Seventy4Blazer 3/4 ton status

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    yeah and i found a few sets of them about 60 miles from my house...
    cant get in touch with the guy yet...
    YET...
    grant
     
  5. uglychevyZZ4

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    cept rockwells are so dang heavy ya need TWO winches to leave the mudd hole /forums/images/icons/crazy.gif that sux. maybe ill start making 14FF fronts, who wants one? ill take orders now, and when i get a start order of $ 50,000.00 ill fire the shop up /forums/images/icons/grin.gif /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    m j 1/2 ton status

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    60s are still a bargain as you pointed out
    best $1000 peace of mind you can put under your truck
     
  7. COCHEV

    COCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    im wondering if we will eventually start seeing a lot more newer ford and dodge dana 60s swapped in along with a t case change cause they are the only ones still putting 60s up front. once these trucks start getting older and showing up more in the junk yards. i think i read in one of the mags that the mid 90s dodge trucks will become the next affordable platform to use for an off road rig.
     
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    I too, believe that the Furd D60 is the best kept secret. Cheap (about half of what a gm 60 cost), and noone is really snatching them up. plua they are RR.

    rob
     
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    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

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    Dana Corporation should start making D60's for the aftermarket...............figure a $2000 front end would be worth it to us and they could sell a ton of them. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif
     
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    I too, believe that the Furd D60 is the best kept secret. Cheap (about half of what a gm 60 cost), and noone is really snatching them up. plua they are RR.

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    1-will it bolt right up to a chevy?
    2-what has to be done to do so?
    3-and whats RR?
     
  11. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I think it bolts up but the pumkin is on the drivers side. RR is reverse rotation. The Ford D60 is a high pinion dedicated front diff. The Chev version runs rear gears backwards...

    Rene
     
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    RR is reverse rotation. Otherwise known as high pinon. They are driver's side drop, so you will need to switch to a F*rd transfer case. The 78-79's have the same spring spacing as GM's.
     
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    oh god, then we now have the jeep syndrome,

    "built jeep tough with chevy stuff" ....................ill stick to looking for a chevy d60 just outta EXPENSIVE SPITE
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    Just remember that it is still a Dana and a NP product /forums/images/icons/grin.gif . Plus, I am converting my 60 to Chevy outer knuckles so I can easily convert to 35 spline outters. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
     
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    Could use a case from an IFS chev???
     
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    This is not directed at anyone in perticular.
    Ford front axles are NOT reverse rotation, they are reverse CUT to get the pinion on top. They still rotate the same way as everything else.
     
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    ok, you got me.

    Keith Deal and I talked about this one day, and with the price of 60's getting stupid, it may be a better deal to get a NP 205, d-shaft and front 60 from a ford and swap it all over. I guess you get even get the tranny and swap out the bellhousing too. Just an alternative.

    Jeff
    Hey, I will be sending you some pics of some stickers. PM me back with a price. DO NOT INCLUDE A DISCOUNT....These are not for me, they are for a local 4x4 shop, and I told him I may be able to get his stickers at a better rate than what he is paying now. Like I said, treat this as one of your ususal customers, not as one of "us".

    rob
     
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    furds no cheeper /forums/images/icons/frown.gif

    furd 60
     
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    no kidding if anything MORE expensive as every jeeper in the world is cutting them up to put a RR in the rear of their junk
    total waste of good parts, all jeepers should die
     
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    junk
    total waste of good parts, all jeepers should die

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    LOL! tell us how you really feel about em. don't hold anything back this time. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     

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