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Old 11-16-2011, 01:20 AM   #1
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need some advice on axle choice

running 42 tsl's on chevy 8 lug 16.5 wheels dana 60 in the rear and dana 44 in the front. i want to replace both axles with either the same 8 lug 3/4 ton chevy dana 60s all around (question 1 what year did they put those axles in their trucks) it would be much easier though and cheaper to get a hold of ford 9 inch rear ends, ive had that axle in a couple of my trucks and it always stood up but i never ran 42's with it. need imput suggestions anything that can help me out in my decision making process. thanks

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14 bolt/Dana 60

That would put you right. Running the 14 bolt will be cheaper than building the 9" and is much stronger than both the 9" and d60

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14 bolt/Dana 60

That would put you right. Running the 14 bolt will be cheaper than building the 9" and is much stronger than both the 9" and d60
x2. Whenever I go to tons, I would run a dana60 up front and a 14b in the rear. It's a proven combo to be able to take high loads of abuse. Have fun.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:37 AM   #4
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a 14 bolt isnt a bad choice but they are a plow and not necessarily cheap anymore
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a 14 bolt isnt a bad choice but they are a plow and not necessarily cheap anymore
Haha true that. They hang down quite a bit, but with 42's he should have fairly good clearance. Maybe a little shaving and you'll get an inch or so.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:03 AM   #6
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Yeah it will but its alot of work for that one inch....we did one about 10 years ago before we figured out the sterling 10.25 is just as tough and might be tougher and doesnt hang down as far With my black yj on 44's I still got hung on the rear alot
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Yeah it will but its alot of work for that one inch....we did one about 10 years ago before we figured out the sterling 10.25 is just as tough and might be tougher and doesnt hang down as far With my black yj on 44's I still got hung on the rear alot
I completely forgot about the sterling. I don't know too much about it but by looking at a few they appear to be quite beefy. That would be a great choice for the OP.
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Old 11-27-2011, 11:58 PM   #8
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what about running a dana 60 rear and a super60 or dana 61 in front
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:42 AM   #9
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Stay away from a 60 rear unless its from a 80's model ford truck and you can verify its 35 spline....but a 10.25 is twice the axle a 60 is and easier to find. A super 60 is a F450-F550 front axle with a totally different bolt pattern than standard 1 ton stuff....and the only real difference is the tube thickness. A 61? That's a blast from the past lol....and not worth the steel its made of, its an oddball and you won't find very many parts available for it
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:41 AM   #10
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Ok I have a set of axles off a 2002 f250 super duty. Do u no what they might be I was told a dana 60 rear and a 61 front but for what ur saying thanks not right
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:43 AM   #11
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Sure no problem, if its not been messed with you have a Dana 50 in the front and a Sterling 10.5 in the rear. The rear is a good axle but the front has little shafts in it. The only newer fords that got a true 60 is the F350's.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:50 AM   #12
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Thanks Ibuildembig. Whats a good axle to run in the front
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:57 AM   #13
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Depends on what your goal is....for me its easy, I use a 60 in everything I own
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:07 AM   #14
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Ok im building a crawler with 4 link in front and rear
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:13 AM   #15
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Look for a 86-91 Ford F350 front axle, thats gonna be your best and cheapest route....you can also get the rear from the same truck and be all set.

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