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Old 03-17-2012, 08:16 AM
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Dana 60 swap

My '97 F250 4X4 is bone stock. I use it as a hauler to get the kids out to the desert/river and occasional runs around town. Occasionally, the truck pulls about a 15,000 pound load.

I picked up a set of axles out of a 2000 Superduty because I wanted to get rid of the D50 (and it's crappy ride), they were cheap and I like the fact the rear brakes are disc. I was going to do the V/B spring swap, but have seen a few coil converions and am thinking about going that way. My thoughts were to grab some coil buckets off a 2wd in the bone yard and weld some link/coil mounts on the new axle, as I have seen on another post. I would go with Fox or King coilovers, but don't have that kind of money to put in shocks. I would like to keep the ride height and tire size as close to stock as possible.

I'd like to hear what you would do...
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:49 AM
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Super duty axles have differen spring perch width than the obs. You'll have to work around that. As for coils. What's your level of fabrication experience?

Search these boards there's been a few write ups.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:28 AM
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Yeah, I saw that I will have to move the leaf spring mounts a little if I go that direction. Won't be a big deal up front since I would go with a RSK. The rears don't look to be a big issue either. Between my brother and I, fabbing and welding are not a problem. We just don't have a lathe or mill to be fully functional. We work around it though.

I saw a really sweet write up a guy did on his dually. He fabbed up a king pin Dana 60, converting it to coil over...getting the best of both worlds. Did some really *****in work. I know the SD axles run the unit bearings, but I'm not going to be doing anything extreme with this truck so they should be fine with regular maintenece.

I guess my question would be; Is the ride that much better with a coilover front end vs. the v/b code swap to justify the work I would be putting in it...
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