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Old 04-12-2010, 11:51 AM
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Finally got a D60

Aquired a Dana 60 over the weekend that i have been wanting for awhile. I ended up buying a 1990 F350 4X4 that i think has 4.10s and is a kingpin axle. Since it is a 4.10 ratio i have to swap both the front and rear axle over to my 97 F250. Was wondering what i should check over before i swap the axles over to my truck. I already pulled the diff. covers and the fluid looks new to no shavings. Pulled it on sunday and pressure washed it to get ready to paint and re-greased the kingpins as well as the tie rod joints. It is out of a running truck and when i drove it it was mechanically A-1. Anything else i should do before i install it? Thoughts????
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:40 AM
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Ya, I would check all seals and bearings and make sure everything is like new, so you don't have to mess with it for a long time. The inner tube seals will be a lot easier to replace now rather than after its installed. what gears do you have in your truck now ? looks like some big tires, 4:10 would probably be about right unless you do a lot off road wheeling. I'll bet your happy to rid of the IFS The king pin is the best, Ball joints are weak.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:20 AM
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Pull covers and inspect..new seals etc as said above.
Then..RS kit SD springs and your set. If I can help..

Cary
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:47 AM
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cary hes got a big *** lift already.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:52 AM
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Go through it and make sure bearings and seals are good. If you're going to put in a locker now's the time.

I've never had a problem with the ball joints D60, but that's just my experience.
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terry when you have monster tires like his, ball joints suck. but i have decent size tires and have had no problems with ball joints.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:15 PM
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How big are his tires? I was assuming stock to 37 in.
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:33 PM
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yea pic is off google haha i have 33's now but might go 35's soon but want to have 4.10s for truck pulling this summer. I dont know if i really have to go through the axles since its out of a running truck and the front and rear end made no noises out of the ordinary when i drove it. The truck only has 155000 on it. The rear axle out of the 1990 will work though wont it for the 97 right? And how do i go about taking the parking brake off with out cutting the cable to swap the rear axle in.
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you can disconnect the cable for the E-brake, inside the drum assembly. what is your gears that are in the truck now ? If you haven't changed them, they may be 4:10, my 97 came with 4:10, but its a f-350
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:06 PM
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if you follow the e brake towards the cab you should be able to find a clip where 2 separate cables are connected together and undo it there so that you don't need to go inside the drums if you don't want to.
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