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Old February 7th, 2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Gogolen's Ultimate Dana 60 Front T-shirt axle build

Ryan is a very old friend of mine and he approached me about building a 60 front for him. And for those of you that know Ryan, he wheels like a hyperactive 8 year old after drinking a case of Red Bull. Sooooo...he wants this thing to be BUILT.

He purchased the axle outright from me, and we worked a deal for the labor that included me keeping the parts he isn't using, and eight tee-shirts from Operation Snowbound, half of them custom ordered for the littler kids. We all had a blast on that trip! Here is the crew doing their best to model:



So this is what I started with. Stock 1979 F-250 Dana 60 front. This was actually from a very old project of mine that was dismantled/mothballed:



Axle was completely stripped and sandblasted:

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I blasted all the parts too, and one of the knuckles was cracked so it was replaced.



And everything was painted (about four years ago)



And all the parts were too. For the project that this was supposed to go in, it received a Detroit locker and 3.55 gears. The stock axleshafts were converted to full circle clips and the rarer stock lockouts were used. But a Detroit and stock shafts are not what Ryan has in mind, so stay tuned!
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Old February 7th, 2015, 04:54 PM   #3
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Better make bullet proof .
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Bomb proof!

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Old February 7th, 2015, 06:46 PM   #5
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You know Ryan. My condolences.
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Old February 7th, 2015, 08:01 PM   #6
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You know Ryan. My condolences.
Lol thanks! I actually helped him total his first Jeep. By rear ending him with my Honda in high school.
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Due to work and the kids having way too much time off school I haven't spent much time in the shop. Today I took the time to inventory all the parts Ryan dropped off, and stripped the housing back to being bare.

Although everything was new a couple years ago with zero miles put on since, I wanted to double check everything and put new grease in.

The paint I used a few years ago didn't hold up well, mostly on the tubes, so I'm prepping it for a repaint.


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I also plasma cut off the pass side spring mount.

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Nice! Ryan could use a little front axle insurance.
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Nice! Ryan could use a little front axle insurance.
I agree lol.

He is putting more scratch into just this axle than I have into my entire rig!
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I'm posotive his new shafts don't have full circle clips
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I'm posotive his new shafts don't have full circle clips
You'll hafta see ;)
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Full circle clips are overrated really. I don't run them.
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An axle build of this caliber does not deserve a rattlecan paintjob. So I broke out my old autobody stuff and primered it today. I used a generous amount of hardener, hoping this epoxy stuff sticks better.

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if hes looking I have a set of yukon chromo that I`d give him a screaming deal on. I just had the short side inner and outter replaced and both axle joints are new spicers.

But And theres always a but the longside is narrowed two inches. He could either get another long side shaft or shorten the axle your building.

I think i still owe him a sweatshirt lol So i can deduct that from the price
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if hes looking I have a set of yukon chromo that I`d give him a screaming deal on. I just had the short side inner and outter replaced and both axle joints are new spicers.

But And theres always a but the longside is narrowed two inches. He could either get another long side shaft or shorten the axle your building.

I think i still owe him a sweatshirt lol So i can deduct that from the price
Yeah he doesn't want anything that weak lol.
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LOL I just heard


Damit sound like i gota pay for that sweatshirt
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Prep...paint...repeat

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Do you need some hi-steer arms for that beast? I have a set on the shelf I would let go for cost + actual shipping. They are from parts mike. PM me if interested.
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Do you need some hi-steer arms for that beast? I have a set on the shelf I would let go for cost + actual shipping. They are from parts mike. PM me if interested.
That would be up to Ryan @Gogolen as he said he is "figuring out" steering.
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