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Unread 04-22-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Dana 60 rear on 2.5L

I have a dana 60 rear for sale in my area for $150. I have a 2.5L YJ and was wondering if I should even consider purchasing this. I have 35's on my jeep now and am just waiting for something to snap. I know it's probably overkill for the 2.5L and 35's that I currently have but it's such a good deal on a great rear-end. I plan on doing an engine swap in the future and want to begin by swapping out the stock axles. Should I go with the 60 or just find something better suited for my rig?

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Unread 04-22-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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most dana 60's, unless custom ordered, are much wider than your current axles. a rear ff60 from a truck or van will be in the range of 64-65.5" wide. not the best choice when keeping the front hp30.

if you think you'll go to 37's, get a nice pair of 60's or a hp60 from a 78-79 f250 or f350 and if just using the front pair it with a chevy 14b from a cab and chassis truck. they're a very, very simple job to swap into a yj.

and for turning whatever tires you want, that's all in the gearing. the 2.5 has enough power to get you where you need to be so long as the gears are selected right.
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I am very aware of the difference in width of the axles and I know that I will have to find a full width front as well. I'm not looking to swap axles in right this second but i would like to have al of my parts in order before I begin surgery. But, do you think that I should buy it. I mean $150 for a 1 ton rear axle is a great price
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I mean $150 for a 1 ton rear axle is a great price
Great price for what?? A dana 60 thats all ready built with 35 spline 1.5" shafts, or at least a dana 60 that is a U model or a HD with the larger size spindle boars to except the 35 spline shafts.
If not its really a boat anchor, just cause the the rear is a "Dana 60" does not mean its a perfect axle for any type of swap, heck it could even be a mid 70's with 16 spline course shafts, good luck finding a locker for that.

Skip the 60 and look into a 14 Bolt or a similer axle ( really nothing comes close to a 14 B ) with all the beef from the start. Then theres no costly shafts upgrades and you have a R&P you can trust.

Yes I run a 60 rear, but its a steering Chevy 60 built, I had a 14 bolt and it was a perfect axle untill I wanted rear steer.

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Great price for what?? A dana 60 thats all ready built with 35 spline 1.5" shafts, or at least a dana 60 that is a U model or a HD with the larger size spindle boars to except the 35 spline shafts.
If not its really a boat anchor, just cause the the rear is a "Dana 60" does not mean its a perfect axle for any type of swap, heck it could even be a mid 70's with 16 spline course shafts, good luck finding a locker for that.

Skip the 60 and look into a 14 Bolt or a similer axle ( really nothing comes close to a 14 B ) with all the beef from the start. Then theres no costly shafts upgrades and you have a R&P you can trust.

Yes I run a 60 rear, but its a steering Chevy 60 built, I had a 14 bolt and it was a perfect axle untill I wanted rear steer.

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Thanks. I was looking into it some more and I'll probably just go with a 44 front/rear or 44 front 8.8 rear. It will be a better combination for what I'll be doing. I know that the 60 isn't the end all be all axle and I do eventually want to swap a 14 bolt in there. I Just saw the 60 for that price and wanted to get some opinions before looking into it further. I'm not trying to swap in my axle right now with my dana30 front... Like I said, I wanted to gather parts together for my eventual build on my Jeep.
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