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Unread 08-08-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Help in finding best deal on Dana 60 F&R

I am now looking to up grade my Dana 44 (TJ Rubicon) axles to the Dana 60 flavor. I have been searching the web and looked at a number of companies that produce these as bolt in units, but what have you guys seen that was intersecting (and a good deal)? The issue is that I just purchased the wheels which are 5x4.5 Walker Evans Racing wheels and most of the complete axle setups are 5.5 bolt pattern. If I use my rubicon knuckles and brakes, will this be the weak link now?

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Unread 08-08-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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Go get rockjock 60's. Run wheel spacers so you get to keep your rims. Along with rear 60's are not that much money anymore. You can get them brand new for 3kish depending on the setup you want.
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Unread 08-08-2010, 03:24 PM   #3
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Problem is I have 4" of backspacing and adding a spacer will just move the wheels out even more. I am pushing for the Currie units, but I plan to call them tomorrow to discuss the knuckle question.
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Unread 08-08-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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I am going to suggest a RockJock as well. Do call Currie, they're great to work with.
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Unread 08-10-2010, 08:10 PM   #5
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Talked to Currie today and your right, they have a lot of ideas and options. I will do the Dana 60 for the rear for sure and the front I have to think about. I can upgrade the axles, locker, and sleeve the D44 or just go with the D60, which is of course much more pricey... Or I can go with the D60 with 1 ton knuckles and massive brakes for a little over $7K. I think I will think this over and start with the rear now and play around with the front. Thanks guys for the great support.
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Unread 08-10-2010, 08:25 PM   #6
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I am going to do the store bought D60s also and will more than likely go with Dynatrac and no I don't have a good reason for why I would chose Dynatrac over Currie either, both seem to put out a good product for @ the same price. Yes they are expensive and so are wives..had two of them so I figure I need two D60s to see which one works out better in the long run
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Unread 08-10-2010, 08:28 PM   #7
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I am going to do the store bought D60s also and will more than likely go with Dynatrac and no I don't have a good reason for why I would chose Dynatrac over Currie either, both seem to put out a good product for @ the same price. Yes they are expensive and so are wives..had two of them so I figure I need two D60s to see which one works out better in the long run
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Unread 08-10-2010, 08:36 PM   #8
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What ground are you trying to cover with the 1 tons?What tire size also?It has to be mud down in LA?
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Unread 08-10-2010, 09:08 PM   #9
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Louisiana is mostly mud and trails of hills. I don't see me rock climbing at any point. I really wanted to go with 37x12.50 but 35x12.50 seems to be more realistic... I have dumped more than $15K into this project and with motor ($4K) trans rebuild ($2K) and if I go with the D60's another $7K or more... I am hearing more that I need more than the stock D44 (TJ) units but man this is getting ridicules.

I am not one to beat on my rig, but I do not want to be pulled out off a trail ride because of a dumb decision. I ride with my 2.5 year old son and his safety and fun is at stake too.

I will not do the 1 ton knuckles due to the 5x5.5 lug pattern since I just bought a new set of walker Evans Racing wheels. Just can't see me wasting money at this point in the game.
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Louisiana is mostly mud and trails of hills. I don't see me rock climbing at any point. I really wanted to go with 37x12.50 but 35x12.50 seems to be more realistic... I have dumped more than $15K into this project and with motor ($4K) trans rebuild ($2K) and if I go with the D60's another $7K or more... I am hearing more that I need more than the stock D44 (TJ) units but man this is getting ridicules.

I am not one to beat on my rig, but I do not want to be pulled out off a trail ride because of a dumb decision. I ride with my 2.5 year old son and his safety and fun is at stake too.

I will not do the 1 ton knuckles due to the 5x5.5 lug pattern since I just bought a new set of walker Evans Racing wheels. Just can't see me wasting money at this point in the game.
If yo stick with 35's, you rubi axles will be fine. Throw some chromo axle shafts from superior axle and you'll be good to go

37's are pushing the limits of the rubi axles though.... some do make it work though.
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why go with 60s for 35s? your ground clearance is really going to suffer.
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Unread 08-10-2010, 09:49 PM   #12
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why go with 60s for 35s? your ground clearance is really going to suffer.
The word suffer is the understatement of the century when talking about dana 60s and 35" tires.

I always told myself I wouldn't run 60s on anything smaller than a 40" tire...if you want to be built for 35s get a currie hipinion 9" rear...
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Well that's interesting because I run my 35's mainly and have a 60 in the rear with no "suffering" from ground clearance issues. However, it is a RockJock so that design does make a difference. If it were a regular one ton 60 pulled from a Ford or something then yes, I'd be suffering.
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The word suffer is the understatement of the century when talking about dana 60s and 35" tires.

I always told myself I wouldn't run 60s on anything smaller than a 40" tire...if you want to be built for 35s get a currie hipinion 9" rear...
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Well that's interesting because I run my 35's mainly and have a 60 in the rear with no "suffering" from ground clearance issues. However, it is a RockJock so that design does make a difference. If it were a regular one ton 60 pulled from a Ford or something then yes, I'd be suffering.
For 35's you will be fine running your rubi 44's. If you want some extra insurance about your shaft strength then go with the Chromoly's. But really they arent needed.

And Jetscuh is also correct. If you do decide to go the 60 route because that is what you want to do, then getting the rock jock is going to give you the highest of almost any 60
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Unread 08-11-2010, 08:00 AM   #15
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Theres a pair of 60's here from an 78 f250 for sale. look on the forsale part of this site. 410 gears. front and rear for like only 1200 bucks or so.
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