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post #16 of 18 Old 01-26-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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So what is the thought on using a Dana 60 front vs Dana 44 front upgraded?? I've never built something this big and any insight is appreciated. If I do need a Dana 60, what is the best for my build and what Mods are needed to make it a 5x5.5??

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post #17 of 18 Old 01-26-2011, 05:09 PM
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If you're planning on running 40"+rubber, go with the one ton axles. I would try to grab an 80s GM Front Dana 60 and rear 14Bolt (both 8 lug). If you can get the ones from a Military M1008 Truck, they'll come with 4.56 gears and the 14Bolt will have a Detroit Locker. Prices on one tons are actually pretty good right now. Should be able to locate a set for $1000-$1200 or so. You can run Hummer H1 Rims at stock offset to tuck the tires inboard a bit. Those rims are 16.5" diameter so they'll clear the big front calipers. They're also easy to "recenter" for the typical DIYer..

A few years ago, I built a CJ5 with 42" rubber and one ton axles... it wasn't cheap though.

Here was the initial build with 35s...

Then this...

Then this...

Finally this...

So.. you may just want to skip all the small stuff and go right to the end..


'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..

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post #18 of 18 Old 02-21-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Finally found some time to pull the this inline 6 so I can drop in a 360!!! I'm so excited to finally get this project started!! Here are some pics. Check out my buddy and his new engine for his YJ. When I bought this the engine had just been rebuilt and bored .40 over. Hopefully it was!!! Anybody know the cheapest place to pick up the frame side motor mount/passenger side??


Keg worked perfect for a stand lol---brings new meaning to Keg stand!!! I needed height to get the temporary front axle out.

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