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Unread 10-18-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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D35 to D60 swap info?

Hi everyone!

Looking to swap a D35 for a D60 on my 2006 tj Xmodel wrangler. What D60 for the rear would I need to look for at the ol junkyard? Thanks

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Unread 10-19-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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why a Dana 60? You skipped over a Ford 8.8,a TJL Dana 44 and a Isuzo
Dana 44.
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Unread 10-20-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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I want to eventually run 37s. The 8.8 I've heard doesn't have as much aftermarket support and isn't as desirable as a ford 9 or D60! I'm thinking about an F9 for the Removable center. They're easy to set preloads and backlash!

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Unread 10-20-2012, 06:07 AM   #4
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I'm thinking about an F9
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Unread 10-20-2012, 07:50 AM   #5
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I want to eventually run 37s. The 8.8 I've heard doesn't have as much aftermarket support and isn't as desirable as a ford 9 or D60! I'm thinking about an F9 for the Removable center. They're easy to set preloads and backlash!

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What kind of aftermarket do you want that is not available for the 8.8? You may want to set aside what you heard and take a look at the 8.8 aftermarket for yourself.


You need to consider the front axle you plan to run when you consider which rear axle you want to swap in.
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Unread 10-22-2012, 10:58 AM   #6
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I actually just recently read in one of my off road mags (can't remember which one exactly) that it's not as supported as other axles do to most people going for the F9 or D60. Plus where the axle tubes press into the housing is a weak spot. There a neck down axle with a c-clip. Which means even if it has a 5 on 4.5 pattern you have to ditch em for the crappy c clip and weak spot. Same as my D35 and you have to change the carrier cause of the c clip! I hear ya though! I checked the specks and it def has many pros. 31 spline shafts 3.5 diameter tubes disc brakes plenty of ratio options! My eye and heart is on the F9. Just spotted one this weekend! Can't get myself to pull the trigger yet!!
I have a lot to learn!! Thanks for the input!

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Unread 10-23-2012, 09:54 AM   #7
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what front axle do you want to run?
your 9" is going to be around 65" wms, keep that in mind

i would run 37s on a 8.8 if i wasnt going full width with a d60 in the front.
i would never put a d60 in the rear of anything. stock 30 spline shafts are junk. a 14 bolt is the way to go if going to tons.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 11:33 AM   #8
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Still doing my research for the whole package. Was thinking a D60 front. But that is a big axle. The F9 in rear with a 60 in front seams a bit odd. Was thinking probably a 44 up front with the 9! Now the 14 bolt is nice but a very low hanging diff. I have seen the bottoms shaved and plated. But I'm just really diggin on the F9!

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Unread 10-23-2012, 02:31 PM   #9
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what front axle do you want to run?
your 9" is going to be around 65" wms, keep that in mind
F9s are available in 61" also.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 02:42 PM   #10
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72-78 Ford Dana 60 rear FF out of vans or F250 63"wms

C&C Chevy 14 bolt 63"wms

88-91 Ford dana 60 front 5" cut of long side with chevy or Ford outters 64.5"-65" wms

I have all 3 axles and decided to use a 60 rear instead of my 14 bolt. bored spindles for yukon 35 spline shafts detroit locker and 5.13 gears running 37"

Reason I went with the 60 instead of the 14 bolt is, Im not build ing a rock buggy nor did I feel cutting the 14 bolt was worth my time. If the 60 ever does fail, I will then use the 14 bolt. But I'm sure the 60 will out last me or the jeep whch ever comes first.
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Unread 10-25-2012, 07:22 AM   #11
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Jeremy. Thanks for the info! I'm still on the fence with a D60 or F9. I live in upstate NY. Im going to take my time during the winter to do all the math I need to to come to a decision. I'm a certified welder and currently working as a Machinist. I have the skills and most of the tools to do a swap! I'll get there though!!

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Unread 10-25-2012, 07:47 AM   #12
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I live in upstate NY.

where in NY do you live? I'm in rochester
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Unread 10-25-2012, 08:04 AM   #13
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Have you decided on a front axle?
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Unread 10-27-2012, 11:20 AM   #14
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I'd only run tons if I was set on 38+. Either way plan on swapping the pair unless you wanna have to tote 2 spares. Early broncos 44/9 are solid units and not c-clip. The 8.8 is plenty if you still have a working d35 . By the time you get tons all ready to flop in it will cost a pretty penny. Also the 8.8 comes with 3.73-4.10 and LSD, with rear disks. Best bang for the buck really.

Not discouraging larger axles, but it gets expensive quickly.. I have $1000 or more in front alone, gears, brackets, spool(probably locker in most people cases, spool was cheap and effective) new seals, bearing, lockouts, etc.
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Unread 10-30-2012, 08:01 AM   #15
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I'm just outside Albany. A little town called Poestenkill. Lots of farmland. It's nice!!

I'm thinking of a 44 for the front. Found a guy who has an F9 and a 44 from a Bronco. Lookin into it!!

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