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Old 03/28/10, 12:49 PM   #1
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Dana 60 in Bronco

The breaking of my 44 was getting old so I put an 1986 F 350 Dana 60 in the front was my Bronco . We cut 8 inches off the passenger side only . Hubs and Brakes are changed so I can run 5 on 5 1/2 by 15 rims Now it has dam near the same track width as a stock Bronco 44 . I will be putting coilover shocks in it next winter
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Old 03/28/10, 04:33 PM   #2
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looks BAD A$$. what years do the easiest Dana 60 installs come from? what should i look for/not look for when searching for my 60?

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Old 03/28/10, 04:34 PM   #3
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What size lift are you running?
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Old 03/28/10, 06:15 PM   #4
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I am running a 5 1/2 lift . As for the many say the 78-79 D 60's are the best but what I found from the center of the pinion to outside of the steering knuckle is 1/2 inch less than a stock Bronco 44 so no need to cut the drivers side . on 78 to 84 the pinion is move to the center of the housing , 85 to 89 are the same as my 86 . This is a big plus when you run a C6 with a 205 or my case a Stak mini monster T case . Ford D 60's are high pinion too , = better driveshaft angle and more ground clearance. This is a true 4 link , no track bar so the axle stay's in the middle of the truck , not moving from side to side like a stock Bronco does .

The goal was to make the D 60 look stock at first glance . It's more street legal If you have to drive on the street to get to the trail head the cop's will ticket a buggy long before a stock width truck

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Old 03/28/10, 06:42 PM   #5
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Great info for Dana 60's
http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...ont/index.html

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Old 03/28/10, 07:20 PM   #6
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does anybody know why the 80 to 85 dana 60 is undisierable, just wondering cause one is close to me, for sale. Rhino buggie looks good
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Old 03/28/10, 08:17 PM   #7
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I know the steering knuckle is heavier on 78-79 . But looking at a 44 next to the 86 D60 I have , the 60 is huge , and guy's run 44's with the stock Bronco D44 and it live's . A fully built Bronco weights about 2k to 3k less than a stock F350 .

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Old 03/28/10, 08:23 PM   #8
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does anybody know why the 80 to 85 dana 60 is undisierable, just wondering cause one is close to me, for sale. Rhino buggie looks good
Pumpkin is in the center of the axle , maybe ..... also
when did they switch from king pins to ball joints , 80 ? I think , which is why the 78 & 79 are most desired.

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Old 03/28/10, 09:01 PM   #9
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that tech article does have a lot of good info, thanks.

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Pumpkin is in the center of the axle , maybe ..... also
when did they switch from king pins to ball joints , 80 ? I think , which is why the 78 & 79 are most desired.
I know they switch to balljoints in 91 and a half, so it must be the pumpkin.
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Old 03/29/10, 08:27 AM   #11
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does anybody know why the 80 to 85 dana 60 is undisierable, just wondering cause one is close to me, for sale. Rhino buggie looks good
They are not "undesirable" - I've got a 90' under mine, no difference from my father's 86' either. D60's are just huge, when you see one in person next to a D44 there is no going back. All this 78-79 bullsh!t that flies around making the installs easier is just that -

You CAN fit c wedges on a 80'+ axle, but most people who swap to a D60 will not be using the factory arm setup unless you have exsisting Cage arms, but that is easily fixed by purchasing the weld on brackets that bolt to the arms.

As for balljoints - these axles were designed to survive under a diesel truck, people don't complain about having balljoints in a D44, so what is the big deal about 1 ton balljoints? The only real disadvantage is the lack of easy high-steer. I've got a newer D60 with balljoints and unit bearing's I'm building - changing an axle shaft will be a piece of cake with only 4 nuts and 2 bolts to get the shaft out after the wheel is off... As for the bolt spacing - easily fixed by popping out the studs, drilling your own pattern and popping them back in - there is a lot of room on the flange to either leave the old holes or weld them up, machine flat and put your new pattern of choice back on.

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Old 03/29/10, 02:35 PM   #12
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If you want to run C wedges the leaf spring mount on the driverside would have to be ground off or the C wedge would have to cut to fit . I think the center housing is like 3 inches more to the center of the axle on a 78-79 . I went 4 link so no problems there. This axle has king pins yet , I think 90 was the change to ball joint's

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Old 03/29/10, 03:40 PM   #13
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does anybody know why the 80 to 85 dana 60 is undisierable, just wondering cause one is close to me, for sale. Rhino buggie looks good
Ford did not put a D60 front from 80-85 in f350'S, they used the TTB D50.

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Old 03/29/10, 05:14 PM   #14
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Ford did not a D60 front from 80-85 in f350'S, they used the TTB D50.
F250 had TTB F350's have alway had Straight axle's
This link should help http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te..._60/index.html

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Old 03/29/10, 07:00 PM   #15
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F250 had TTB F350's have alway had Straight axle's
This link should help http://www.4wdandsportutility.com/te..._60/index.html

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From that link...........

"The Dana 50 monobeam front axle went under most Ford 1/2-ton pickups from the early-'80s to present."

Thats funny.......Most FSBers from 80 on up WISH they had solid front D50 instead of the TTB D44.

Anyway, there was NO D60 front from 80-85 in F350's.

http://blueovaltrucks.com/tech/SAS_F-250_F-350.htm

"TK4551 1983-1998 F250 and 1980-1985 F350 with Model 50 Twin Traction Beam IFS Front Axle. "

http://quad4x4.com/Ford%20Front%20Ax...teering%20.htm

http://www.dieselbombers.com/ford-tr...ont-axles.html

http://store.topguncustomz.com/store...03&i=244793832

http://www.offroadunlimited.com/orus...dproduct=11729

"This axle stayed the same until it was replaced by the Dana 50 IFS in 1980. The Dana 60 reappeared in the front during 1985 under the F250 / F350. "

http://77cj.littlekeylime.com/Dana44_2.htm

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