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Barnestormer 02-18-2011 11:10 AM

Dana 60 Question
 
Does anyone know if there is an axle shaft kit out there that can be used to fit wheels with the GM 5 x 4 3/4 bolt pattern to a Dana 60? If not, are there rear axles out there with this bolt pattern stronger than the 10 bolt?

Thanks for looking!

cobalt327 02-18-2011 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Barnestormer
Does anyone know if there is an axle shaft kit out there that can be used to fit wheels with the GM 5 x 4 3/4 bolt pattern to a Dana 60? If not, are there rear axles out there with this bolt pattern stronger than the 10 bolt?

Thanks for looking!

There are wheel adapters that bolt to the axle flange that allow the use of a different bolt pattern wheel. This changes the wheel position inside the fender/wheel well, so the wheel/tire fitment when using the adapters has to be checked and verified that they will fit as they should. Good adapters (the only ones you shoud even consider) cost nearly as much as some wheels.
https://uswheeladapters.com/images/adapter_pic.jpg

The best plan would be to buy new axles for the D-60 w/the 5 on 4.75" pattern, IMHO.

big gear head 02-18-2011 12:11 PM

It depends on how the Dana 60 is built. If it has the full floating axles then you can't use those wheels. If it has semi floating axles then you can get axles with any bolt pattern that you want. If it is full floating you can convert it to semi floating by changing the housing ends. This requires a housing fixture and good welding skills.

Barnestormer 02-19-2011 07:01 PM

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This requires a housing fixture and good welding skills.
Good thing I know a good welder or two! :D

Trying to figure if it's worth it or not. Benefit is that I have the D60, so it's a matter of how much money I want to throw at it to work with the Cragar SSs I have. Starting to wonder if an Explorer 8.8 might not be a better idea. Benefit of the rear discs already being there and should be strong enough to stand up to driving and occasional towing.

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The best plan would be to buy new axles for the D-60 w/the 5 on 4.75" pattern, IMHO.
Where do I find such an animal? I'm not the best Googler. :smash:

Thank you for the replies!

ericnova72 02-19-2011 07:18 PM

What bolt pattern do the axles currently have??

Full floating 3/4-1 ton axle, or car axle housing??

What housing ends are on it currently??

Moser Engineering is one source for custom axles.

What is it going in, or being used for??

big gear head 02-19-2011 07:20 PM

Do you have the Dana 60 with semi floating axles or full floating axles? If you have semi floating axles then Moser can make a set to replace what is in it now. If you have full floating axles then the housing will have to be modified to use the semi floating axles. That is where the housing fixture and welding skill comes in. You will have to change the housing ends and then order custom axles.

Barnestormer 02-19-2011 07:44 PM

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You will have to change the housing ends and then order custom axles.
That makes sense. Starting to think this may be more trouble than it's worth.

The axle is a full-floater out of a Dodge truck. Eight lugger. Eventually going to build a hot rod that will occasionally tow my pop-up camper on vacations (Yeah, sounds crazy, but actually makes sense to me), so I thought the 60 might be a good idea for the strength. But starting to think an 8.8 out of an Explorer will do the same job, and probably be easier to get axle shafts for.

big gear head 02-19-2011 09:22 PM

With full floater axles you will have to modify the housing. Housing ends are $90, axles are $345 and the bearing package with studs and retainers is $100. Then you have to get the housing cut and welded.

Barnestormer 02-20-2011 01:54 AM

Gotcha. And that's not including the rear disc conversion and all the other little incidentals that I'd need. Thank you for the knowledge.


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