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Old 07-09-2005, 08:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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rockwells or D60s

I need some help deciding on what axles to use between rockwells and dana 60s. Im probably going to run 46" claws or 44" boggers. I'll only drive it to where i go 4-wheelin at Windrock so it wont be driven a whole lot on street. I will usually run the trail rattlerock which if you don't know the trail you can see some pics of it on www.rattlerock.com. I don't know if Dana 60s are strong enough or if rockwells are too strong and they will break other things (beside axles). So if you guys could help me out I would appreciate it and if you could post pics of your rigs cause I'd like to see your set up.
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with the rockwells.......IMO its cheaper in the long run unless youve got a crazy high horsepower motor.Then youll probably have to upgrade those too.I would opt for 2 steering axles and setup rear steer for Rattlerock........
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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why not a 14 bolt
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Old 07-09-2005, 09:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am going to say go for the rockwells. I have a friend with a blazer on 46 claws and he breaks hubs on his 60 constantly. Another friend has a wrangler with the same tires and rockwells and no probs. Both flog the hell out of them too. Also windrockguru has a Jimmy on rockwells and he has never really had any issues with breakage either. So what I am really trying to day is rockwells will hold, the 60's , espeically the rear, will give you problems unless you spend mucho dinero on alloy shafts.
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I weighed my options and I'm selling my 60/14bolt for some Rockwells.
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Old 07-09-2005, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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neither one is going to be cheap if you're going to build it to take serious abuse. Ouverson 2" shaft kit for the rocky, or 40 spline D60 stuff... pick ur poison and break out the check book.

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Old 07-10-2005, 12:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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thanks guys for the feedback and i think i'm leaning towards the rockwells right now. I agree that rockwells might be cheaper in the long run. The only reason rockwells will be more expensive if it just breaks everything else instead of axles. Which i'm goin to be starting with a body and frame so if i have enough money i should be able to make it so everything is strong enough that i don't break everything. anyway thanks again for the feedback and keep the suggestion comeing.

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hey Black Jimmy does your buddy with the Blazer on 46" claws live over off of Middlebrook pike? if he does then i've seen that thing and it is pretty sweet , I live right out there only a few minutes away from him.
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hey Black Jimmy does your buddy with the Blazer on 46" claws live over off of Middlebrook pike? if he does then i've seen that thing and it is pretty sweet , I live right out there only a few minutes away from him.
I honestly don't know the name of the road he lives off of. I have only been there a few times. The blazer is black with a blue cage, so if that is the name of the road, that is it.
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yeah thats the guy i'm thinkin of i've only stoped to look at it once but every time i drive by i look at it . I've never seen or talked to the guy to see how he liked the D60s or if he breaks them , but now i know that he breaks hubs constaintly.
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It has a 60 front and a 14 bolt rear. As you can see, he does beat on it!!
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yeah i can tell and i'm sure i'll be the same way
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i have a front rockwell steering axle shaved with a detroit in it and a welded shaved rear i am going to get rid of how built are your 60 and 14 bolt ? i could meet you at windrock with them sometime when we come over to ride
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And who's dumb ass is running 44's on a 30 spline D60???
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Im running rock's and love them. I dont have a big horse power motor. But i do have alot of gearing. That make's my little 4 banger have big torq. I run with all the big east texas guys. Their about 16 of us that have rock's under are rigs. An most of them now have 46 claw's or 49 irock's. Im the small tire guy out of them with 42 tsl's. And they usally have a hard time keepin the go pedal off the floor board. Most of them have light rigs. Even with rock's under them. From 4600 to 5800. As for 1 ton stuff. Theirs alot of cost in building them to hold up to LARGE TIRES. And as for the 2 inch super shafts for rockwell's i know 2 guys that run them. And their only in the rear steering axle. The rest of them have all stock parts in them. And some of the rigs been running for 2 to 3 year with no axle problems. Some of these rigs run stock drive train from 1/2 ton trucks. You just need to watch the weight of the rig.
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And who's dumb ass is running 44's on a 30 spline D60???

That would be...........................me...
NOt for long though


I would def go rockwells, that me oponion
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running rockwells and have had zero issues. I run a 2003 vortec/350 turbo/203 doubler 205 and 44" TSL's and beat the sheet out of it with no drama. paid $750 for a front and rear axle, flipped the hubs, detroit in front, welded in rear. replaced the boots and a couple leaky seals and thats it. I do not like the pinion brake setup due to breaking a rotor and caliper bracket already (being stupid) and they get SMOKIN hot if you see much road use. on a good note, they are crazy sensative and a blessing when you are on a steep obsticle. another bad note (and most people know in advace) it how tall they are, and how heavy they are. last negative is steering isn't QUITE as tight as a dana 60. that being said I still love em.
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