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Old 12-12-2008, 06:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok I am looking into upgrading my D44's a set of 1 tons. I will need a pass drop. i know where I can get a set of 60's locally but I am not positive what they are worth. Also, what changes will need to be made to a rear axle from a dually? Are there certain year models that are better suited and more desirable? Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 12-12-2008, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of vehicle is this all goin in?
What year front 60 are you looking at?
The rear 60 is not worth the time or money to overhaul.....look for a 14 bolt. You should be able to find one for pratically free.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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going in a TJ. SBC, th350, 205.

The D60 front is coming out of a mid-seventies model tow truck
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What kind of vehicle is this all goin in?
What year front 60 are you looking at?
The rear 60 is not worth the time or money to overhaul.....look for a 14 bolt. You should be able to find one for pratically free.
X2 on the 14 bolt. we need more info on your rig.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:19 AM   #5 (permalink)
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what kind of info. running custom 4 link. coils. drivetrain info above.

also, how will the stock shafts and joints of a 60 hold up. I am asking bc I am currently running d44 front from a j10. 4340 shafts and super joints. I am not gonna have the funds to build these before I wheel in them. So am I going backwards?
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We want the specifics of the axles and suspension. LIke specifically the year of 60 you have access too. This will tell us important things to know...if its pre 78...then its a giant turd and not worth time to spit on.


Your axle shaft question relates to your intented tire size. All 60's your gonna look (that will be worth a crap) at will have 35 spline inners wich is a huge upgrade from a 44, even a cromo shaft. However your stub will be a 30 spline and 1.31 dia...same as inner 44 shaft. The u-joint is a 1480. Its a pretty big joint. If your run a cromo stub and a beefy u-joint Id said youd be fairly safe with 39-40 ish tires. 42 will definatly require a 35 stub ugrade if you like the skinny pedal. And you are most definatly NOT going backwards....a 60 even in stock form is a GIANT upgrade from a 44. That is however provided this is a desired axle. Think beyond just axleshafts.
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Old 12-12-2008, 10:38 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just so you know here's a list of what youd be able to work with in order from the best option to the one that will require a little extra trimming and fab work to get a coil to fit driver side.

78-79 Kingpin From 250 Super Cab or Snow Fighter
85 Kingpin from F350
92-98 Ball Joint From F350
00-current Balljoint from F350 and some F250
04-current Balljoint from F450 or F550.... (these bitches are HUGE but already have 35 spline outters wich could be an advantage for some guys)

If you intend to run a doubler like a 203/205 then you'll prolly have a clocking ring ....and then your open to an entirly diffrent set of 60 options. And chebby 60's seem way cheeper than ford 60's in my neighborhood.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
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he needs passenger side drop... but yea, i would look for a d60, but first check out the d60 bible and look for the 35/30 spline combo years/models. I got a 35/30 from a f-350 front snowfighter. damn thing is huge, and going under a dakota lol. Lots of people I have talked actually use a 44 and they hold to their daily stuff. But a d60 is going to be strong.
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Whoops Pass side...my bad.

Look for 79-91.5 (I think) Chevy CUCV'c, K-30's and V-30's.
Or theres a TON of diffrent Dodge models (not all that I know about) that would work too.

COMPLETLY avoid pre 78.
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Old 12-14-2008, 11:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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First I'd read the dana 60 bible and learn some of the differences between some of the 60's. Then just keep your eyes out for one thats in decent shape and not too expensive. I just bought a set of axles front 60 and rear dana 70 from an 81 chevy dually for 450, pretty good deal I think. And I would go with a 14 bolt also for the rear.
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GM 60s started use in 77 not 79.
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