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Old 07-11-2009, 11:20 AM
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Dana 60 swap questions

My truck is a F250 HD SRW with 3.55 gears pullin 35's right now. I'm lookin into the d60 swap and I found a guy who has a an 85 d60 kp 4.10 front end and he has the matching sterling 10.25 rear with 4.10's but they are from a DRW.
Since my truck is SRW and his axles are DRW, would they work?
If I remember right, on the front, isn't all you have to do is remove the spacer behind the lockout hub?
For the rear, is the DRW axle any different than SRW? if so could I go ahead and get the axles from him and get the d60 ready to put in and in the mean time pull the 4.10 gears from his axle and put them in my current rear axle if his DRW wouldn't work?
Also on the front, will the steering components swap right over or do I need different tie rods and such?
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Is there any difference other than hubs on the d60 SRW and DRW?
Now i've heard that the DRW d60 axle is longer than a SRW but then somewhere else i was told that the axle is the same but only the hubs were different.

If it's only the hubs I will probably end up going ahead and getting the set of 4.10 d60 and rear 4.10 sterling 10.25 to use the gears to swap into my SRW sterling.

Could someone please clarify this for me.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:21 PM
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measure them. backing plate flang to welded butt at housing.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:30 PM
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that's what i'm going to have to do i suppose
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My truck is a F250 HD SRW with 3.55 gears pullin 35's right now. I'm lookin into the d60 swap and I found a guy who has a an 85 d60 kp 4.10 front end and he has the matching sterling 10.25 rear with 4.10's but they are from a DRW.
Since my truck is SRW and his axles are DRW, would they work?
If I remember right, on the front, isn't all you have to do is remove the spacer behind the lockout hub?
For the rear, is the DRW axle any different than SRW? if so could I go ahead and get the axles from him and get the d60 ready to put in and in the mean time pull the 4.10 gears from his axle and put them in my current rear axle if his DRW wouldn't work?
Also on the front, will the steering components swap right over or do I need different tie rods and such?
The front will be a direct swap. The front hub spacers are for the bud style dually wheels, if it is an 85, i used an 86, you will need the '85 rotors, to the naked eye, there isn't a difference in yours and it, but there will about a 1/10 of an inch difference. If you are using the 85 axle, still doesn't sound right, i thought 85's had TTB. but anyhow. you will need to use the 85 axle brake calipers and caliper bracket that holds it on. i bought brand new calipers and ran a new rubber line up.

everything is bolt in and matches up, but these are things i didn't know. as far as the rear axle, everything inside should be the same. i believe the drw axle is wider, but should bolt right on it needed. i didn't want to mess with changing out the gears. i already had 4.10 so i didn't have to switch. you'll need the track bar on the front also. i used the 350 springs also because the f250 springs are supposed to be alot stiffer. i researched everything on this forum. The hubs and innards are the same. like i said before the rotors and brake holder are different and you pretty much have to stick with whatever the 85 comes with for it to work right. at least that's how i did it. good luck and if you have any questions, feel free to ask. mine was a little, not a lot, of trial and error.
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you need the pitman arm and the whole steering assembly from the 350.
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Forget the stock OBS springs get a RS kit and SD springs if you want a great ridding truck!
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You can use the F250 steering, but I bet you'll use it to go to the parts store and get the right set up. My parts guy had to order in the tie rod for me so I kept the old steering for a day. It worked but it was awful, draglink steering is much better.
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thanks for the info guys. I have been lookin around some more and came across a d60 SRW 3.55 out of a 97 F350. The 4.10's would be nice to have but right now I don't have time to swap the rear gears and all. The axle is still under the truck and he wants $1300+my TTB in exchange for the d60, all needed steering and suspension parts. Though it seems a little high maybe, I think this is the way to go.
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FYI I sold my D60 for $2k plus the ride so...
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