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post #1 of 15 Old 07-08-2009, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Twin Traction Beam vs Dana 60

I'm looking at a OBS F250 that I'm thinking has the TTB front suspension. The one that excessively wears out axle beam-pivot & shackle bushings, and ruining alignment. If this is the case I want to put the Dana 60 under this truck for the long haul and longevity factors.

Has anybody made this switch on their OBS F250, and what kind of cost was involved in this?

Also, it seems like a decent job but a do-it-yourself in the driveway. Is that so?

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Bump up for ya ...give me a minute and I'll see if I cant locate a CPA member that has done the swap....

I havent had any trouble with the TTB under my truck. I did run into a problem when I ordered 2" over front springs...had to order the 2" drop brackets.

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lots of people have done it on here. i'm sure they'll chime in. lots of people hate the TTB suspension. Me on the other hand do not mind it. My old ranger had it. My parents E350 has it. a F150 we used to have had it. None of them ever had problems. Though all had the stock suspension and weren't lifted at all. The F150 had 31" tires on it though and it had no problems with them. None had the alignment go crazy. Only time they were aligned was when new tires were put on. Never had a problem with excessive wear on the tires either.
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Cant find it, someone will show up. From what i rember when I was wanting to do the swap...I'd be easier finding a donor truck and swap everything out, rather than tring to find a piece here and a piece there...

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Ebay has a few Dana 60's all the way out to the rotors. Not sure I'd want to but that on ebay, shipping has got to be ridiculous for something that big and heavy.

I would definitely hit up the junkyards and such looking for the donor truck.

I guess an additional question now is can the gears out of a Dana 50TTB go into the Dana 60 if the ratios don't match up front to back ?

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I think most guys i heard can do the whole swap for about a grand. it all depends on how much you can find the dana 60 for. yes im pretty sure that you will have to get new gearing for the axle, most of them are 4.10 and you probably have the 3.55.
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I'v helped tons of guys put D60 in their f250 using a RS kit and SD springs..will give you the best ride quality. PM me if I can help.
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Listen to caryt. I just did the swap with shackle reversal and SD springs. I love it. I'm going to keep my truck. Find a complete axle with the same gears, sway bar and go through it, weather ball joints or king pins, brakes bearings etc. It cost a little more to do it nice but it can be done in the driveway. I used ratchet straps and jacks to move the axle around. search this sit for in formation and feel fee to ask questions.
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Aren't there a few certain years of the Dana 60 that won't work under our trucks?

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