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evanjm 10-24-2006 10:19 PM

70's Dodge D60 rear under a TJ.
 
I've picked up this old Dana 60 rearend out of an early 70s fullsize Dodge truck. It's wide as hell and has the 8 lug pattern.

I was wondering how I would be able to get this to fit under my TJ? Anyone know of a good place to get some custom shafts on the 5 on 4.5 pattern made? Or anything else I should consider with this swap?

Thanks,
Evan

ne14jpn 10-24-2006 10:32 PM

I am nearly positive that is a full float rear. you cant get 5on4.5 shafts for it. it utilizes a hub design that the wheel bolts to. the shafts dont have studs. just get a 60 front and 8 lug wheels.

evanjm 10-24-2006 10:38 PM

Would it be possible to keep the 8 lug in the rear, and 4 on 4.5 up front for a while (until I can get another 60?) Would I be able to find wheels for it?

Also, is this a good swap for a TJ? I think the smallest wheel I can get for this is a 16, do those look good on 35 boggers? Would it look out of proportion? (I have 15 inch wheels on 33 boggers now)

- Evan

currupt4130 10-24-2006 10:58 PM

You're gonna look mighty funny driving down the road with a 65" wide rear and 60" front, not to mention turning will suck. If you're gonna swap axles, swap both front and rear at the same time. And even here I'll say it, DO YOUR RESEARCH. We aren't here to talk you through every step of this. A dana 60 is a big axle, bordering on major overkill for 35" tires. If you don't plan to go bigger than 35's ever, look into an 8.8 or something.

evanjm 10-25-2006 07:20 AM

I'm planning on trimming it down to match the width of the front. I've done a few swaps before with waggy 44s on a ZJ and an XJ. Never had to trim any of them down. I would like to keep the front end since I've put a good deal of work into it.

I'm not asking for a walkthrough of swapping this D60 under my TJ. I don't need that at all---what I do need is someone who knows a bit about an 8 lug D60 out of a 70s Dodge truck.

99grandtj 10-25-2006 07:33 AM

Is this question asked ever week? Buy some big bearing 9" housing ends, cut to length, weld on ends, order shafts, and done.

currupt4130 10-25-2006 08:53 AM

Sorry, you came on like a huge newbie.

Anyway, a dana 60 is a dana 60. It's either full or semi float, most likely full in your case. It also has either 16, 30, or 35 spline axles (35 is possible if its semi float). What else do you need to know? A 60 is a 60 regardless of what it came out of. They all use the same gears, bearings, etc for the center chunk, and some vary on the bearings on the full float spindles (rarely you get a spindle thats tapered down). Really, theres not much to know about a 60, just specific shaft lengths

evanjm 10-25-2006 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 99grandtj
Buy some big bearing 9" housing ends, cut to length, weld on ends, order shafts, and done.

You know of a good place to order some custom shafts for this thing? With the 9" housing ends, would I be able to switch the lug pattern over?

- Evan

T. Schmidt 10-27-2006 12:42 PM

My two cents-

You will want it a couple inches narrower than the front. The problem with cutting it down is it weighs a freaking ton and the new ends have to be welded on correctly. You don't want Joe Bob next door trying to weld the ends on! Take it to a pro who has done it before. If there is not one in town, you will spend a fortune shipping it to a shop.

If you can find someone to weld it locally, I would use the big bearing Torino ends 99grandtj mentioned. This will let you use Explorer disc brakes. I like Moser axles but every one has a favorite brand. They will make them any width/lug pattern you want. This way you also get to keep your current wheels. T

99grandtj 10-27-2006 01:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by evanjm
You know of a good place to order some custom shafts for this thing? With the 9" housing ends, would I be able to switch the lug pattern over?

- Evan

You can order the shafts with any lug pattern you want. There are a bunch of companies that make these but here is one

http://www.moserengineering.com/Page...usingends.html

http://www.moserengineering.com/Page...stomalloy.html

Sahara01 10-28-2006 10:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by T. Schmidt
My two cents-

You will want it a couple inches narrower than the front. The problem with cutting it down is it weighs a freaking ton and the new ends have to be welded on correctly. You don't want Joe Bob next door trying to weld the ends on! Take it to a pro who has done it before. If there is not one in town, you will spend a fortune shipping it to a shop.

If you can find someone to weld it locally, I would use the big bearing Torino ends 99grandtj mentioned. This will let you use Explorer disc brakes. I like Moser axles but every one has a favorite brand. They will make them any width/lug pattern you want. This way you also get to keep your current wheels. T

Contact Eric at EMS Offroad or Dave at Full Circle 4x4

desertsport 10-28-2006 06:40 PM

If you use two different lug patterns, what pattern are you going to use for the spare??? hope you dont get a flat!!!!


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