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Old 12-07-2005, 12:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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10B beef? (I know I know)

I know that those 2 words don't go together, but.......
I know that many here have built the 10 bolt as best as it can be done, so what IS the best way to beef 1 up? I know that CTM's or sim. joints would help, and alloy shafts. but what about bigger splines? can it be done? Is there a good full diff. locker for 'em, and is it needed? (I have a mini spool now)
When $$ and timing permit I will get a D60, but untill then I could aford a step by step build of the 10B.
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just save up for the 60, you will spend close to the same amount of money to build the 10 bolt.
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Just save up for the 60, you will spend close to the same amount of money to build the 10 bolt.
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Blingin shafts + CTMs + full locker etc isn't going to be cheap... I'd rather have a stock D60... which would cost less.

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Old 12-07-2005, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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yeah, saving up for a d60 would be your best bet. I just finished rebuilding a dana44 and a 9", it aint cheap, escpecially if you plan on stuffing it with new gears and a detroit.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, just save up for a D60, it will be cheaper in the long run. If you build your 10b up, this will delay you getting a D60 even longer.
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:59 PM   #6 (permalink)
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buy ball joints with a lifetime warranty, u will need to use it pretty regularly.
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Man, Dana 60's must be cheap where you all live. I can build a 10 bolt or a D44 with Chromo's, gears, diff, bearings etc. for less then a stock 60. I am not saying it is a better choice, but I am saying that it can be done for less then a what a junkyard 60 will cost.
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Old 12-07-2005, 10:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Man, Dana 60's must be cheap where you all live. I can build a 10 bolt or a D44 with Chromo's, gears, diff, bearings etc. for less then a stock 60. I am not saying it is a better choice, but I am saying that it can be done for less then a what a junkyard 60 will cost.
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Old 12-08-2005, 02:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, Iv'e got the gears I need in it allready, I don't need the full case locker, unless the carrier is a week link in the 1st place (I don't know) and a D60 will cost me $900 from the 'yards in my area. Plus the 10b will give me better clearince up front. But....... Even if I go all out with it, would it ever be comparable with a STOCK D60?
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the ground clearance isnt that much differnt
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Old 12-08-2005, 09:45 AM   #11 (permalink)
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i would think that with the ctms and new shafts that would be close to 900...but ive never really looked into it...kind of seems like polishing a turd IMFO
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People put too much hype into Dana 60's and don't have enough faith in 10 bolts. I run 38" on my 10 bolt and never have had any problems, my friend is running 44's on a 10 bolt front 12 bolt rear set up, wheels the ever loving piss out of it, and never has broken an axle.
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Old 12-17-2005, 04:21 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yea but is he running lockers. put 44's on a 10b and run lockers and lock it on the street, bring a tow truck with ya too, thats the only way its gettin home. even on the trail, its gonna break.

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People put too much hype into Dana 60's and don't have enough faith in 10 bolts. I run 38" on my 10 bolt and never have had any problems, my friend is running 44's on a 10 bolt front 12 bolt rear set up, wheels the ever loving piss out of it, and never has broken an axle.

Ain't that the truth!!
I run 39.5's on my 10bolt front with a cheap posi & haven't had any problems.
The best advice anyone can give on running 10bolts is - watch your right foot!!
Get some good shafts & u joints & run the piss out of it!!

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:15 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Aparently they havent tried very much or are running a 22r motor. Its hard not to break front dana 44 shafts with 36 inch tires. The main problem is the ball joints with that size of a tire.
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my k5 blazer used to sit on bfg mt 35's and twin 28 spline 10 bolts 4.10's spool rear, locker front and i blew 3 front shafts and 2 rear in the same summer....................SAVE FOR A 60
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I broke 2 ball joints and 3 U-joints on the open D44 in my 3/4 ton Chevy with dinky 33x11.5" tires before I finally swapped it for a 60. One of the U-joint failures took the upper ball joint with it. None of these failures were under particularly "hardcore" conditions but, to be fair, the 44 was stock and I do like the throttle. I rebuilt the D60 w/ 4.56s, new non-neckdown Spicer shafts, the new Spicer joints, and even (stupidly) kept the outers 30 spline to use the Spicer lockouts I got w/ the axle. I have beat on the basically stock 60 twice as hard as I ever did the 44 and haven't had a bit of trouble. I'd definately say save up for a 60. I doubt that the 10 bolt could be built as strong as a stock 60 in good condition, regardless of the $$$ spent on it (especially the ball joints and R+P), but that's just MHO.
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Old 12-21-2005, 08:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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lemme ::knock on wood:: before i post this...
but i blew up the spider gears and cracked the carrier in my stock 10b with the g80... replaced it with the detroit full locker and inspected shafts and ring/pinion, and seals while i was installing, everything looked good and i have had NO probs with it whatsover. afraid the next thing to break is gonna be a shaft, but so far so good. im running 35's with factory 4.10s. i think its all about how you use it. overkill is good, but not always worth it. my .02
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