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Old 11-25-2009, 12:30 AM
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modifying a dana full floater rear from a ford f250 to fit into a s10

i have a v8 s10 with an auto with some power....i also have a dana 60 limited slit full floater from a ford f250.i would likt to cut it down to fit the s10 but being a full floater,how to i go a boutcutting the tubes and setting new bearings in the ends like a street set up.does anothe axle or tube fit it?this is one i really gotta try so any help would be groovy! thanx!!

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Old 11-25-2009, 07:42 AM
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Get a set of Moser housing ends that take the 9 inch Ford press on axle bearings. Use them and a set of Moser axles and everything will work fine. Moser will make the axles to fit the Dana splines and the Ford bearngs. You will also have the Chevy bolt pattern. I've narrowed hundreds of rear ends and the Moser parts are good quality. Get the 7900 housing ends and you can even use Chevy drum brakes if you want. If your S10 has the brakes with 4 bolts in the backing plates then they will work. All you have to do is bore the hole in the center of the backing plates to 3.155 inches so that they will fit over the axle bearings.
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I have done what is suggested above almost verbatim. Use the Moser 9" Ford ends as the Ford design gives you a press-on axle bearing with a positive retainer plate - no c-clips to worry about. We used the big 11" x 2" big Ford drums and backing plates as they are relatively easy to find and Moser also sells the complete brake package just like it brand new, or you could go with disc's easily with the Ford ends, lots of choices there. Moser axle then gives you the Dana spline(35 in our case) and you can specify what bolt pattern you want.

Waayyy stronger than a junkyard 9" ford, and $1000 dollars cheaper to boot.

We narrowed the housing ourselves, used a $100 junkyard Dana 60 from a 3/4 ton Ford, got the brake drums and backing plates at a swap meet, everything else was new and we still barely went over the $1000 mark total. The equivalent 9" to handle the same power was $2200!!
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Cool guys,thanx.Any idea what the axles would cost or is there a cheaper alternative?This thing is gonna cost me my marriage pretty soon as it is
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good thread here. also the gm trucks 72 and older commonly had 60 axles under them. some 1/2 ton SF and most were 3/4 ton FF
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The Moser custom axles we used were about $375 - bearings, retainer plates and studs installed; custom length and bolt pattern with Dana spline count; IIRC. You might find them a bit cheaper from Yukon Gear at Randy's Ring and Pinion(we used Yukon gears from him) but the Moser axles are guaranteed against breakage for 5 years IIRC. 10 second drag car, might go 9's and we didn't want to have a problem in the future.
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The Moser axles are $345 a set, bearing package with studs and retainers is $100 and the housing ends are $90. The housing ends must be welded on using a housing fixture to line everything up with the main bearing bore.
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OR... just pick up an already shortened 9' ford rear with the axles already shortened, with the center carrier, with posi traction and 5.14's, that was made for an s-10! "Who the heck has one of those, just lying around??" you ask? (hint...I do!) P.m. me if you'd like... I'm in Pa.
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Cool guys,thanx.Any idea what the axles would cost or is there a cheaper alternative?This thing is gonna cost me my marriage pretty soon as it is
I went to the boneyard and grabbed a 8.8" disc rear out of an explorer. It is filled with 3.73's and a locker, and has 31 spline axles..all right from Ford. Shortened the long side to accept a second shortside axle (boneyard again). Put new leaf spring mounts on it and had the machine shop drill the Ford axles to Chevy bolt pattern. All in all i spent right around $350.00. The rear is a hair too wide for me, only because I am 'bagging my truck in the spring and might have an issue with the wheels tucking inside the bedsides.

But if I could have gotten a 9" rear already set-up for a good price I would go that route!
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