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Unread 05-07-2012, 11:32 AM   #1
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How to Identify a Dana 60

I just bought a Dana 60 rear axle. I don't know what it came out of and need help to ID it. Any one have any info. on how to. The only number I can find on it is on the passenger side top Wing of the dif. housing (c30255). Other than that number I don't see anything.

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Unread 05-07-2012, 12:53 PM   #2
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The most accurate way is to find a BOM number, stamped on the axle tube, to the right of the diff cover. It should look something like: 610023-6 (1978-79 F-250, F-350 Snowfighter 4.10) Then take the number you find to this catalog: http://www2.dana.com/pdf/X510-9.pdf Page iv of the document shows where the number should be located.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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As long as it's not 5 lug, it really doesn't matter what it is out of, pop the cover and see what gear and carrier is in it and you'll know what you got.

If it is 5 lug, don't mention it to anyone else and contact me directly.........immediately.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 03:29 PM   #4
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The main thing you care about are how many spines are on the axle shafts. They could be 30, 32 or 35. The most common Dana 60 rear axles I have seen were 30 spline which is really no better than having a 30 spline Dana 44 that hangs down lower. Most of the Ford and Dodge 3/4 ton truck D60 axles I have seen are full floaters. That means that they have rear spindles that the wheels ride on instead of having the weight of the vehicle on the axle shafts. Some Ford Vans had 32 spline shaft c-clip style differentials where you have the axle shafts held in the housing by c-clips in grooves at the end of each axle shaft. J4000 pickup trucks used a 5 lug Dana 60-2 semi floating axle with 35 spline shafts from about 68 to 72. I have also seen one Ford Van with a 35 spline Dana 60 rear axle but they must be rare since I have only seen one.
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didnt the dana 60-2 axle also come in some 3/4 ton IH Travelalls or Pickups?
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[QUOTE=foggybottombob;13531084] The most common Dana 60 rear axles I have seen were 30 spline which is really no better than having a 30 spline Dana 44 that hangs down lower./QUOTE]

Except the fact that the 60 is a full float and the housing bears the vehicle weight, taking more stress off the axle shaft. Plus the ring gear is much larger allowing for better distribution of power over a larger surface area of the gear.

Anything larger than 35s, and if you plan on wheeling anything other than the mall parking lot, upgrade to a 60. You wont be sorry.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 05:32 PM   #7
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Not to mention you can change the axles and gears to larger spine set up.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 05:47 PM   #8
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Not to mention you can change the axles and gears to larger spine set up.
Changing a full floater from 30 spline shafts to larger shafts is not trivial. The spindles are made to fit the 30 spline shafts. I will grant that a full floater has some advantage over a semi float dana 44 with 30 spline shafts but the ground clearance you lose with a Dana 60 would not be worth the trade for me since I wheel in rocks.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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Well I bought this one already, I think I got a good deal.

Here is how it is set up.

5.13 gears, Detroit Locker, 30 spline. paid $400 So I was trying to ID it to make sure I buy the right disc brake conversion set up. So I will just go with it and maybe up-grade the inner axle at a later time if needed.

What should I look for in a front dana 60 to match. I know it needs to be passenger side drop and I would think a HP would be best. But what is all of your guys thoughts on a front axle.

Thanks for all the help it is a eight lug bolt.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 07:52 PM   #10
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You wont find a passenger drop HP 60 front unless it has been custom built. Your best bet is a King Pin 60 from a Chevy 1 ton. If you find one from a CCUV (military version of the truck) they usually have a nice limited slip in them. Run them full width, but with H1 rims.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 08:49 AM   #11
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How much should I pay for a front King Pin dana 60. or should I say what is the going rate.
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Most D60 fronts start around $1000. Sometimes you can buy a whole parts rig for that much. Keep the axles and part out the rest to make some of your money back.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 12:03 PM   #13
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I am having a hard time finding a dana 60 front. What is your guys thought on having a 44 up front and a 60 in the rear. The reason I am asking is I just found this axle set up for sale and it would be a good match from what I already bought for the rear 60, My rear is dana 60 5.13 gears Detroit locker.

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i have a dana 44 passenger drop out of a 1978 cheorkee chief wide track with 8 lug chevy flat top knuckles big bearing hubs new ujoints, new balljoints 5.13 gear a deroit locker and ballistic fab hi steer arm on passenger side, and it is set up for spring over or under. i would recheck the gear mesh before i run it but they are new gears with zero miles on them.

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Axles should be sized to the tires. A D44/D60 rear would be overkill for 235/75-15s, but way weak for 40s.

You need the right axles for whatever tires you're going to be running and I have yet to see any mention of tire size in this thread.

You also need to check the width difference. The front axle should be at least as wide, if not a bit wider than the rear axle. This WT Cherokee axle is probably narrower than your D60.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 12:24 PM   #15
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Ok thanks,

Here is what I plan on running as far as tire size. 37 maybe 38. Rear axle is 65" I believe. And this dana 44 is 66 or 65. Does that help and what do you think would be best.

Thanks I am a newbie to the axle swap and any help would be great.
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