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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:16 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I have a 78 D60 front sitting in my garage waiting to find it's way under my TJ... on a set of 37-39's.
I'm looking for rear axle to match the front. I know 14 bolts are a dime a dozen... and that would have been my first. When you add up the cost of the axle and disc brake (with park brake) conversion the cost starts to climb.
I came a cross a guy selling a 98 D60 out of a E350 econoline van. Approx WMS is 68" with factory disc/park brake for $300.

Just wondering your opinions on running this rear axle.
Is the 14 bolt really worth it?
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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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To answer your question, yes.
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Your other option is to beef up a Ford 9" but it's a lot more money.
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is your parking brake that important? does the D60 have the right gears?
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Parking brake is important to me...
Either axles will have to be re-geared. 5.38's
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If that is a 30spline 60 I would go for the 14 bolt.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 08:24 AM   #7
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should be 32 spline but spindles will except 35 spline, 3.5" tubes, smooth bottom. That is the best model 60 to start with I say go for it.
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should be 32 spline but spindles will except 35 spline, 3.5" tubes, smooth bottom. That is the best model 60 to start with I say go for it.
Aren't those C-clip? Wouldn't you want to start with a FF?
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Those are full floaters...
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Aren't those C-clip? Wouldn't you want to start with a FF?
E-250= semi float c clip 35 spline
E-350= full float 32 spline

Both are 8x6.5" bolt pattern not the metric
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I'm trying to find the right D60 for me... I tried to google thing couldn't find anything. Leaning more towards the Econoline rear axle.

Is there a chart some where showing which Econoline came with D60/70:
Disc's
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Spline count
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Thanks for the help guys!
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You're never going to get these axles under your jeep if it takes you this long to pick some axles....

Get the e350 rear axle, it sounds like a great starting point that will save you a lot of hassles with brakes. Buy a detroit or whatever locker you want, new 35 spline shafts and regear it and you're rolling. Doesnt get much cheaper and easier than that.

Or, buy a 14 bolt, by a detroit, gears, figure out rear rotors, calipers and brackets and run it.... about the same as the e350 but no need for shafts and no brakes already figured out.

Or, get a fabricated 9" housing, buy a loaded center section from summit or yukon, call up moser and have shafts made, pick out your brakes and misc. extras, weld and assemble... less weight, more clearance and easier to work with than the others but it's about 2-3x the cost of the other 2.
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Well the moved, broken leg/surgery and wife getting ready for deployment have put almost a complete stop to everything

9" drool....
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