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Old 04-20-2005, 08:26 PM
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Dana 60?

I've had my truck for a few years now but havent really done much as far as brakes and wheel bearings and whatnot. While searching for wheel bearings I had to ID my rear end. Wasn't sure what to look for so I had a couple of friends/colleages (who are quite a bit older and way more experienced with suspension/rear ends than I) help me ID the rear. Turns out that I have a Dana 60 rear end under there. It has 4.10 gears and is a positraction setup. Can someone give me some general information about this rear such as strength and if its a good rear end to have or not. I am clueless about rears basically. Most people I hear talking rears keep blabbing about a 9inch Ford.

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The Dana 60 is a super rear axle. IMO much stronger than a 9" Ford unit. They have been put in high hp drag cars for decades.

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I'm not much more experienced, but from what i've read/heard about, the Dana 60 is a pretty desireable rear end. It was the one everybody seemed to want long before the ford 9" really became popular.

Lot of older hot rodders and truck enthusiasts know more about them. Supposedly is a really strong rear end that lasts forever. I think there are still lots of parts, upgrades available for them.
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What year and what kind of truck?

The "full floating" is the older version. It has what looks like hubs in the center. Two big bearings each side. Axle is held in with 6 bolts.

The other one is the "corporate" version. Its also an 8 lug but has the crappy "C" clip type bearing setup like the 10 and 12 bolt car and light truck rears. Its ok, i've had 2 of them and they lasted fine.

All in all, the 60 is about indestructable.
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Old 04-21-2005, 01:55 PM
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Its in a 66 GMC 3/4 TON.

Not really sure if its the full floater or the crappier corporate version lol.
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The Dana 60 was used behind the Mopar Hemi's.
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A virtually indestructable unit,which is good,because they are no fun to work on.IE,not nearly as user-friendly as a 9" or Mopar 8 3/4 or other Hotchkiss-type diffs.They require special tools for gear changes and the like,but I imagine the 4.10's are just fine in that big ol' truck.
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