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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Convert Dana 60 8 on 6.5" to 5 on 5.5"...without spending a ton

Has anyone on here ever turned down D60 hubs and redrilled the hole pattern for 5 on 5.5"?

Does anyone know a local machine shop that will do the work?

I know Solid makes a kit but its some big $$$
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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I did mine. It's not all that tough but requires some creativity. I used Ford 1/2 ton rotors. I picked a number to open the rotor and turn down the hub. Therefore, neither is stock. You have to weld up one bolt hole of the 8 lug pattern. I then used a set of caliper brackets bought from someone (I would have to look for it) and then used Chevy 1/2 ton calipers.

Piece of cake. But not a lot of money.

As far as a machine shop, I can't help you. I had it done at work.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #3
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I've done the same too. A friend turned them for me.

Here's an article with the basics that we used:

http://www.bc4x4.com/tech/2001/hpd60front/
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Old February 17th, 2012, 07:58 PM   #4
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I'm not finding the specific rotor brackets I bought but here's where I bought them.

http://www.blackbirdscustomtrucks.com/index.html
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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Yeah I know it doesn't really help but this is another idea on conversion.

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sell some RC car junk and get the solid kit. their stuff is nice.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #7
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There have been a few threads showing methods like whiterhino's on pirate4x4. D50 or D60 hubs turned down, weld up a few old holes and drill new. I believe a vendor or two over there sell brackets to use F150 rotors and calipers.
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mine has 60 hubs re drilled for 5lug, 1/2 ton ford rotors, and 1/2 ton chevy calipers.
and grand cherokee discs on the rears. the smaller brakes fit 15" wheels easily.

im still running manual brakes though.

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Wow, thanks for all the responses.

I'm glad to see its something doable.

I'll have to do a little more looking at some writeups too.
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All so someone can run 20" wheels......

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I has no ideaz what you be talkin bout ese...

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There is a write up on fullsizebronco.com also. Any one with a lathe should be able to spin the hubs down. Don't seem real hard. 20s huh? That's cute.
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Yeah, I've done other hubs and also knuckle balls in my WWII little south bend 9" lathe, its not too hard.
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Yeah, I've done other hubs and also knuckle balls in my WWII little south bend 9" lathe, its not too hard.
I'll drop em off tomorrow ;)
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Hehe, my lathe is down for the winter. Spindle oil doesn't like cold temps..
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