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Old September 13th, 2010, 09:57 AM   #1
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Default Dana 60 knuckles; Stock or Aftermarket?

I need to buy some knuckles for my front 60. Im switching from Ford outers to Chevy outers on my 78-79 Ford 60, cause I have all brand new Chevy outer parts. The question is which knuckles should I run. I can probably get by with stock knuckles (roughly $150-300 used) but looking at cost a set of Reid knuckles arnt that much more, roughly $550. Bonus with Reid's are the fifth bolt hole for the high steer arm but dont offer a warrenty. Another option would be a set of Crane knuckles. They are super strong, have a lifetime warrenty if they break, have key'ed high steer arms but are expensive with their premium kit running $1119 shipped but that includes high steer arms, top caps, install kit, and hardware.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:14 AM   #2
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jiimy at extreme has the baddest knuckles....keep it local scooter.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #3
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jiimy at extreme has the baddest knuckles....keep it local scooter.
thats awsome to know, any other info on them other then they are bad ass
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #4
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What makes you think you're going to need a warranty on some of the strongest aftermarket parts on a rig?

They are all good parts, pick your favorite color and go from there.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:40 AM   #5
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:49 AM   #6
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"Billet"... Impressive. I'm assuming the term "billet" means machined from solid? Or is it a fully machined casting? Any idea what material they are? I wonder why they didnt take the opportunity to revise the design any more than they did since it's an entirely new part starting from scratch.

$1200/pr is pretty cheap if they are machined from solid.
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What makes you think you're going to need a warranty on some of the strongest aftermarket parts on a rig?

They are all good parts, pick your favorite color and go from there.
Well thats why I asked the question. So far with my math on polyperformance; 2 Chevy Reid knuckles, a Partsmike kingpin rebuild kit and shipping runs me at $664.08. Then a set of Ballistic fab highsteer arms run $288. So thats a total of $952. A Crane premium kit is $1119 shipped, so a difference of $167.
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"Billet"... Impressive. I'm assuming the term "billet" means machined from solid? Or is it a fully machined casting? Any idea what material they are? I wonder why they didnt take the opportunity to revise the design any more than they did since it's an entirely new part starting from scratch.

$1200/pr is pretty cheap if they are machined from solid.
I think I read on pirate that they are 4130
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What size tires are you running? There's two guys in our group w/40s or 42s and their stock D60 ford knuckles always develop a crack on the back side, leading to 'catastrophic failure'. Go for the Reids or something similar if you're running the big meats.

I can get them for you but it sounds like you already have a source locally.

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"Billet"... Impressive. I'm assuming the term "billet" means machined from solid? Or is it a fully machined casting? Any idea what material they are? I wonder why they didnt take the opportunity to revise the design any more than they did since it's an entirely new part starting from scratch.

$1200/pr is pretty cheap if they are machined from solid.
I've seen their operation, they are machined from a solid piece. Not sure on the specs on the material. Very impressive parts. Give Jim a call.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 10:59 AM   #11
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jimmy makes them from billet. the high steer arm is keyed for the knuckle. i have seen them in person. they are a piece of art work...he can make anything you want...
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Old September 13th, 2010, 11:09 AM   #13
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I'll swap you some Dodge knuckles for your Ford's. They will hold up the jeep in the garage just fine

The GM/Dodge knuckles are considered stronger then the Ford's

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What size tires are you running? There's two guys in our group w/40s or 42s and their stock D60 ford knuckles always develop a crack on the back side, leading to 'catastrophic failure'. Go for the Reids or something similar if you're running the big meats.

I can get them for you but it sounds like you already have a source locally.

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Ill have 40" Maxxis CC's on my Jeep, Current front axle is a hybrid 44/60, Jeep 4.0, AX-15, Atlas 4 speed, rear Rock Crusher HP60 full float. My Jeep isnt even done yet, 100% torn apart for a rebuild
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Why would you possibly think you need Crane knuckles?
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Why would you possibly think you need Crane knuckles?
Im not saying I do, I think Reid knuckles would be plenty strong. However when you look at the price difference between everything I posted up, $170 for an even better upgrade isnt much.
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I would check if the Crane stuff still uses the stock spring in the kingpin. With larger tires (42"+) that spring lets the knuckle move and in turn takes out axle shaft u-joints with hard abuse. That is why a lot of companies came out with the springless high steer arms.

I went with Reid Knuckles and springless highsteer arms 3 years ago and have had zero issues.
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i am running 42's with my stock stuff still..i keep a eye for cracks.just waiting for the day it get's ripped off.
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jimmy makes them from billet. the high steer arm is keyed for the knuckle. i have seen them in person. they are a piece of art work...he can make anything you want...
X2 EORP I have two sets of their high steer arms. If my knuckles break, then i will buy some for them also.
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Are you keeping ford knuckles or switching to chevy? I'd have no issue running stock Chevy stuff...
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