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Old 01-20-2009, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please help me identify a dana 60 front axle

OK im trying to track down a dana 60 front axle chevy or dodge.

My friend that knows alot about this stuff told me that every dana 60 has the 4 bolts that bolt the tie rod to the axle on each side like this




did they ever make a dana sixty with a different style kinda like a DANA 44 with the C shaped deal and the 3 bolts on the drivers side where it mounts to the knuckle

I hope this all makes sense thanks guys
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it will have 60 cast into the pumpkin on the bottom gusset

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the axle in your picture is a dana 63.5 anyway
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the axle in your picture is a dana 63.5 anyway
ok but do all the dana 60's have the 4 bolts on the knuckles on each side?
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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it will have 60 cast into the pumpkin on the bottom gusset

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i know that but when im talking to people on the phone that dont know what they have, how can i explain to them what to look for
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Old 01-20-2009, 06:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
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thanks

looks like they all have kingpin knuckle deals
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thanks

looks like they all have kingpin knuckle deals
looks like you can't read or search.
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looks like they all have kingpin knuckle deals
You have failed to not suck and have been pwned by the lack of search. Couple that with the strong Tuesday feel you give off, and you will always get responses like you have received from this site.

There are tons of ball joint D60's out there. King pin 60's have been out of production since the mid 90's from the big 3. From my own experience, most people are tools and either don't have a clue or will mislead you on the phone - the ONLY way I know that you can be 100% certain about the axle you are trying to buy is to see it for yourself or get the seller to take good pictures and send them to you.
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You have failed to not suck and have been pwned by the lack of search. Couple that with the strong Tuesday feel you give off, and you will always get responses like you have received from this site.

There are tons of ball joint D60's out there. King pin 60's have been out of production since the mid 90's from the big 3. From my own experience, most people are tools and either don't have a clue or will mislead you on the phone - the ONLY way I know that you can be 100% certain about the axle you are trying to buy is to see it for yourself or get the seller to take good pictures and send them to you.
All that is most certainly true. BUT. I bet the OP is about to buy a D44 on the assumption (hope) that it is a D60.
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Nice photo chop from Foothill Offroads old website. I built that axle about 8 years ago. Ford HP 60, 5.13's, ARB, 35 spline thru out with chevy outers. Got sold to a guy in Chico. Ca. along with a van 14 bolt.



AND to answer your queation......yes they did, It's called a ball joint 60. No steering arm like the 44 though

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Nice photo chop from Foothill Offroads old website. I built that axle about 8 years ago. Ford HP 60, 5.13's, ARB, 35 spline thru out with chevy outers. Got sold to a guy in Chico. Ca. along with a van 14 bolt.



AND to answer your queation......yes they did, It's called a ball joint 60. No steering arm like the 44 though
thank you thats what i was saying. every one i have talked to has the c shaped steering arm on the drivers side with the 3 bolts. IE dana 44

And i am so sorry for trying to learn something on here. I was not blessed with knowing everything about axles from the day i was born, like some of you on here.

Now im going to kill my self for sucking at life and not automaticlly knowing everything about a dana 60


also that link says all GM AND CHEVY HAVE KINGPIN STYLE KNUCKLES

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1977-87 K30 1 ton 4wd

1984-88 CUCV

1988-91.5 V30

All GM / Chevy versions were passenger side differential, regular rotation (low pinion) gears, disc brakes, 35 spline inners, 30 spline outers, internal style hubs, and kingpin knuckles.

Dodge

1975-89 D-600

1992-93 D-600

1981-89 D-700

1992-93 D-700

All these Dodge versions were passenger side differential, regular rotation (low pinion) gears, disc brakes, 35 spline inners, 30 spline outers, and kingpin knuckles. 1979

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1) GM = Chevy. And you are correct, they are all KP 60's and 91 was the last year a GM truck was offered with a D60 or a solid front end for that matter.

2) Dodge 60's were only KP up to 93. 94-02 is BJ. The 94-02 D60 front is just about the worst incarnation of all D60 frontends - it has the worst of all the combinations of parts - run, don't walk away from these axles.

3) Ford D60's were only KP up to 91. 92-97 were BJ. 98 and up Superduties frontends are also BJ and aren't much different than the 94-02 Dodge - they suck. Also beware that some Superduties have a D50 frontend that does look similar to the 60 if you aren't paying attention.

4) "My friend that knows alot about this stuff told me that every dana 60 has the 4 bolts that bolt the tie rod to the axle on each side like this" Obviously your friend does not know much about 60's. There is no factory D60 that has the tie rod bolted to high steer arms that are fastened by the king pin bolts and obviously you have learned that many D60's don't have have 4 bolts on the knuckles (KP only). The picture you tried to use to illustrate your point clearly shows the tie rod attached directly to the knuckles - sans high steer arms.
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1) GM = Chevy. And you are correct, they are all KP 60's and 91 was the last year a GM truck was offered with a D60 or a solid front end for that matter.

2) Dodge 60's were only KP up to 93. 94-02 is BJ. The 94-02 D60 front is just about the worst incarnation of all D60 frontends - it has the worst of all the combinations of parts - run, don't walk away from these axles.

3) Ford D60's were only KP up to 91. 92-97 were BJ. 98 and up Superduties frontends are also BJ and aren't much different than the 94-02 Dodge - they suck. Also beware that some Superduties have a D50 frontend that does look similar to the 60 if you aren't paying attention.

4) "My friend that knows alot about this stuff told me that every dana 60 has the 4 bolts that bolt the tie rod to the axle on each side like this" Obviously your friend does not know much about 60's. There is no factory D60 that has the tie rod bolted to high steer arms that are fastened by the king pin bolts and obviously you have learned that many D60's don't have have 4 bolts on the knuckles (KP only). The picture you tried to use to illustrate your point clearly shows the tie rod attached directly to the knuckles - sans high steer arms.

i guess i ment to say all dodge and GM d60 have kin pins
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That would be correct, to a point. Look at the info above

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i guess i ment to say all dodge and GM d60 have kin pins
You are getting pwned by your reading comprehension, again.
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what could be simpler than having them look for a two digit number on the centersection?
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what could be simpler than having them look for a two digit number on the centersection?
1) Lots of tools out there in this world that won't look for it, can't look for it or will lie to you. Comes down to how much you trust the person on the other end of the phone to properly identify the axle.

2) Not absolutely every pattern for these castings had a "D60" marking.

3) Rust, gunk, mud and whatever other combo of gonja that forms on an ancient axle housing can cover and/or deteriorate the marking. Couple that with a tool that doesn't know where to look and you can see where there is plenty of room for inconsistencies.
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...did they ever make a dana sixty with a different style kinda like a DANA 44 with the C shaped deal and the 3 bolts on the drivers side where it mounts to the knuckle
I hope this all makes sense thanks guys

Anyone EVER seen a ball-joint 60 that had a FACTORY steering arm bolted down like a D44?

If this is a pass-drop axle with steering as described... then... NVM...
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1) Lots of tools out there in this world that won't look for it, can't look for it or will lie to you. Comes down to how much you trust the person on the other end of the phone to properly identify the axle.

2) Not absolutely every pattern for these castings had a "D60" marking.

3) Rust, gunk, mud and whatever other combo of gonja that forms on an ancient axle housing can cover and/or deteriorate the marking. Couple that with a tool that doesn't know where to look and you can see where there is plenty of room for inconsistencies.
You make good points, I just have always felt it was easier to have said tool look for the 60F casting, rather than describing some other characteristic of the axle that he probably doesn’t fully understand or can't locate despite your best efforts on the phone. The hunt for the D60 in the hands of an uneducated guy is an elusive one
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Confused bout this axle ?

I have a dana 60 F as it says on the pumpkin. It has a C40386 on the front of the pumkin, and a clock looking thing on the rear ? I brushed the tube to see if I can see anything, but to my surprise, can't seem to find anything ? Is this clock an indication ?
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