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Old October 22nd, 2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Dana 60 -- sterling 10.25

whats the differences, pros and cons between the two?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:13 PM   #2
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Sterling is bigger, heavier, stronger, but smaller aftermarket and most likely less ground clearance. Doesn't really compare to the D60 rear that well. Kind of a different "class" - more like D70 or 14-bolt.

D60 rear = 30 spline D44ish shafts, smaller ring gear. Still stronger than a D44 due to the FF design, but also still breakable in stock form unless you're running a pretty light rig or are open.

What's the intended application?
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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im just tossin around ideas for my xj, lookin at pickin up a 3/4 ton d44 front, b/c the price is real hard to pass up
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actually ground clearance will be close to the same

sterling lockers cost more, disc brake conversions cost more, but you'll never have to worry about braking shafts. 30 spline D60s are not saught after, 35 splines are (and you usually pay more for them)... but there is only one sterling 10.25 offered, and its beef, and usually dirt cheap.

I run a drum brake sterling in the buggy. Dont be scared of the drum brakes.. they're huge and easy to set up Ebrakes with...
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Old October 23rd, 2007, 02:59 PM   #5
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actually ground clearance will be close to the same

sterling lockers cost more, disc brake conversions cost more, but you'll never have to worry about braking shafts. 30 spline D60s are not saught after, 35 splines are (and you usually pay more for them)... but there is only one sterling 10.25 offered, and its beef, and usually dirt cheap.

I run a drum brake sterling in the buggy. Dont be scared of the drum brakes.. they're huge and easy to set up Ebrakes with...
ok, cool :) i dont think id be too afraid of the drums on a bigger axle b/c they're HUGE, prob makes it a little easier to do brakes
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Old October 30th, 2007, 02:53 PM   #6
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U can shave quite a bit off the bottom of the sterling and not harm the housing at all if ur worried about clearance.
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Old October 30th, 2007, 07:20 PM   #7
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We built a custom 9''.
Spool was special order but not hard to get splines were 45*I think(they were not the same as a Dana axle anyways).
Cut the outer axle tubes off the Sterling .
And bored the in side to slip over the 9'' housing,and now hes got a 35spline full float 9" light, great ground clearance and unlimited support. For cheap.
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We built a custom 9''.
Spool was special order but not hard to get splines were 45*I think(they were not the same as a Dana axle anyways).
Cut the outer axle tubes off the Sterling .
And bored the in side to slip over the 9'' housing,and now hes got a 35spline full float 9" light, great ground clearance and unlimited support. For cheap.
Jeff
sweet, thats pretty cool
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