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Unread 11-29-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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sterling 10.25 vs dana 60?

So im picking up a rear 8 lug dana 60 from a buddy of mine for 80 bucks. But now i might have an opportunity to get a sterling 10.25 for free. I was wonder which one is better/stronger and which one would be worth it to put under my xj. Both are 8 lug and both have 1.375" axle shafts i think. Any info would be great.

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What year axles? Full float or semi float?
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The 60 is out of a 1st gen dodge ram. Idk what year. And the sterling is out of a 96 ford f250
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I wouldn't bother with a rear 60 but that's just me.....

Sterling FTW.
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I wouldn't bother with a rear 60 but that's just me.....

Sterling FTW.
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Any reason you guys like the sterling better? And what is the difference between full, smi, and not floating axles?
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Full float axles allow you to take the axle out of the housing without even taking the wheel off. If you see an axle that has bolts in the center of the wheel (on a rear at least), it's a full float. They're stronger because the axle shaft just transmit power, they don't carry any weight of the vehicle which what semi-float does. The spindle carries the weight on a full float axle. I think that's a main reason it's preferred. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

But I think any Sterling that's coming from a Super Duty is going to be a FF axle. D60 ring gear is 9.75" while the Sterling is obviously 10.25". I would also assume the Sterling has 35 spline, 1.5" shafts since my S10.5 came with them. Can only gear them down to 5.38 though.

Get the S10.25.
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Go look at your front axle. It's full float. Now go look at your current rear axle. It's semi float.

You may want to do some more research if you don't know that.
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What axle is going in the front to match the rear?
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Go look at your front axle. It's full float. Now go look at your current rear axle. It's semi float.

You may want to do some more research if you don't know that.
I know how they work. Ive taken them apart and put them together. I know the mechanical bits and how they work. Im not good at matching the definitions to the parts.

Im thinking about matching the 60 or 10.25, whatever i use with either a full width D44HD high pinion, or a D60 with kingpin steering. Im planning on running 37" tires. Either way the rear is getting shaved.
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Unread 11-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #11
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10.25 hands down.

10.25, 1.5 35 spline shafts VS Dana 60, 1.375 30 spline shafts.

10.25" ring gear VS Dana 60 9.75" ring gear.

10.25 3.5" tube VS Dana 60 3" tube.

Now if it was a 14 bolt VS a 10.25 then I would say 14 bolt wins, but thats not the axle in question.

Few thing about the 10.25 that "I" dont like. Same size hub for a DRW VS a SRW, so you cant swap hubs around to get differnet WMS like you can with a 14 bolt. That would make narrowing a axle harder.

The 35 spline shafts are a different pressure angle than what most axle builders can cut. Is this a big deal, no just saying if you plan on narrowing a axle select few have the tools to cut the shafts.

Other than that there found in every junkyard can handle a decent amount of HP and tire leverage, so ya 10.25 wins hands down over a OEM Dodge Gen 1 60.

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If i can get it ill probably end up going with the 10.25. I measured the axle shafts with a tape today and i could of swore the shafts were 1.375" thick. Im gonna measure with a caliper tomorrow to double check.
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If i can get it ill probably end up going with the 10.25. I measured the axle shafts with a tape today and i could of swore the shafts were 1.375" thick. Im gonna measure with a caliper tomorrow to double check.
They may neck or taper down some like most axles are suppose to do, but its in the spline that counts. Thats where a axle shaft is messured buy.

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Hmmm ok. That makes sence. They do taper down. So what front axle should i go with? D44 or D60 kingpin?
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I'd go D60. I've been looking into this myself and to run 37's you will likely have more into the D44 to make it live than you will the 60. Plus, if you ever decide to get a larger tire you will be setup already with axles that can handle them front and rear.
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