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Old November 28th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #1
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I can get my hands on a later model (97-98) Dodge Dana 60 8-lug front axle at a reasonable price.Haven`t heard much about them,is it worth picking up if I can get it cheap enough?
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Old November 28th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #2
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King pin, killer, for a good price nab it.
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What would a good price be considered? Anything under how much?
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Um, no. That's the same axle in my Ram. Its not kingpin - its ball joint, unit bearing, and CAD (vac disco).


I would not buy it unless you are going to install it into a BR Ram to replace another of the same or to replace a 1500's D44. I have never broken anything on mine and its even still running the factory u-joints & ball joints, but the brake system is a known issue (calipers tend not to retract), the ABS sensors snap off really easily, the rotors are pressed onto the hubs (as opposed to slipping on over the hub/lugs), it has an odd spline count, the unit bearing assemblies are still expensive, and there is the potential for the CAD system to fail like in XJ's or YJ's (although mine still works after multiple prolonged submergings and general abuse). Detr6oit had a solid passenger-side shaft installed in his, which I will probably do when my CAD fails.

If you are going to spend money on a driver-drop front D60, buy what you really want the first time - a Ford HP. I will eventually replace mine with a Ford HP, but not until something catastrophic happens. I have been very happy with the performance of mine, but its not what I would buy if I was starting from scratch (unless it was really, really cheap). Sellers sometimes think they are made of gold, but they really only have significant value to someone that needs to replace an existing one.
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Um, no. That's the same axle in my Ram. Its not kingpin - its ball joint, unit bearing, and CAD (vac disco).
Bahhh, either the pirate 60 chart is wrong or I cant read a chart, the last one has a bigger possibility.
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The year he quoted could be off, but my truck is definitely a 98.
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PP is correct with his info, and the axle in question is actually a '94- only usefull to a 1/2 ton Ram owner, and most of them are going to Ford D60s
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I haven't had any problems with mine (knock on wood) but I defiantly don't wheel my Ram.

I also haven't had any problem with the 44 front in my trail rig... so maybe I am just a bad reference. *lol*
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If you plan on putting it in a 1500 then it would be worth it as long as the price is right. Its not the best thing out there but is a definet improovment from the 44. The simple fact that everything is bigger makes it stronger especially for serious off-road use. The other problems do still apply as PP said. I would say no more that $500 if it was in next to perfect shape and well maintained. Do you know what gears are in it? Are they in good shape? How are the ball joints and wheel bearings? Remember to make this axle compatible with a 1500 your gonna want to make all this stuff right first and then you will need to change your driveshaft. These are very easy to install in a 1500 but people forget that easy for some is not really cheap either. The axle very well could end up costing well over $1000 when all said and done. Just some more stuff to think about. There is a good write up on 1/2 ton swaps in the dodge section of pavementsucks.com you should check that out since it seems almost half the guys on there have done or helped do a swap before.
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