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Old 04-11-2013, 11:46 PM   #1
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Best Axle Combo for 1 Ton Axle Swap

I've been playing around with the idea of picking up a beefier axle for future plans since I've been seeing them for so cheap lately. I found a Dana 60 for $150 on Craiglist and all it's missing is the differential cover (has drum brakes though).

When I'm looking for 1 ton axles, what should I be looking for? I know the Dana 60 has a large pumpkin so some people stray away from it because of this. Another option is the 14 Bolt but I've heard it's fairly heavy and that's one of it's major drawbacks. So what should I be looking for? Gears ratio, Lockers, disc brakes, etc?

I thought I would look into this Dana 60 since it's so cheap and just store it off to the side until I'm ready to upgrade. If this is a bad idea, I'll just wait until it's time to do the swap.

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D60 for the front or rear? If it's for the front, make sure it's driver's side drop.

If you're looking at running 40"+ tires, a D60/shaved 14 bolt work well together. There are many different routes you could take, but the D60/14 bolt route will probably end up being the cheapest unless you come across some sort of amazing deal. I'd love to do a 609, and eventually might, but it's not as easily/cheaply done.

Pirate4x4 will have much more information on this subject, I'd recommend to start reading over there.

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D60 for the front or rear? If it's for the front, make sure it's driver's side drop.

If you're looking at running 40"+ tires, a D60/shaved 14 bolt work well together. There are many different routes you could take, but the D60/14 bolt route will probably end up being the cheapest unless you come across some sort of amazing deal. I'd love to do a 609, and eventually might, but it's not as easily/cheaply done.

Pirate4x4 will have much more information on this subject, I'd recommend to start reading over there.
This is a Dana 60 Rear.
Would a D60/D60 combo be good or would I be better off doing D60/14b?
I'm not planning to run 40's just yet (sitting on 35's now) so this may end up being for when I do my Willys MB build in the future.

Is $150 a good deal for a D60 rear with drum brakes and missing differential cover? If it s just an average deal, I may just wait. Saw that price and just couldn't help but be interested in doing a swap.
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As for D60 vs 14 bolt in the rear, it's debatable. The 14 bolt is more popular with many because it's much stronger right out of the box. The D60 takes some work and money to get to the same strength, so many who are on a budget jump for the 14 bolt. You can google and find the differences between the two, they are covered in depth in many places.

Personally, I'm looking at running a 14 bolt myself when I step above 37s; I'd love something like a 609 or Rock Jock 60, but I can't justify the price. I may look at getting a bare housing and building it myself over a few years, but I'm a ways off from needing to worry about that.

$150 certainly isn't a bad deal; find out what year it is and figure out how much it would take you to build it how you need, then go from there.
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As for D60 vs 14 bolt in the rear, it's debatable. The 14 bolt is more popular with many because it's much stronger right out of the box. The D60 takes some work and money to get to the same strength, so many who are on a budget jump for the 14 bolt. You can google and find the differences between the two, they are covered in depth in many places.

Personally, I'm looking at running a 14 bolt myself when I step above 37s; I'd love something like a 609 or Rock Jock 60, but I can't justify the price. I may look at getting a bare housing and building it myself over a few years, but I'm a ways off from needing to worry about that.

$150 certainly isn't a bad deal; find out what year it is and figure out how much it would take you to build it how you need, then go from there.
I may wait then and pick up a 14 bolt rear and run a Dana 60 up front. Saw someone selling that combo for $750. If I had some extra money laying around, I would jump on that.

Thanks for all of the information! I guess I'll just pursue this in the future when funds allow.
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I may wait then and pick up a 14 bolt rear and run a Dana 60 up front. Saw someone selling that combo for $750. If I had some extra money laying around, I would jump on that.

Thanks for all of the information! I guess I'll just pursue this in the future when funds allow.
Sorry to wake an old thread but im looking at doing this very same swap. This thread was the first i found that matched my build.

Any update on your build? The question i have for the setup mentioned is converting drum breaks to disc? Expensive?

I apologize, this is my first stop regarding my swap so ill post back if i find what im looking for. Thanks for the help guys!

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