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Old 05-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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D60 Free Sprin, Gears, Locker/Posi, Just Get New Axle?

Hi, first post here, thanks for the resource. I hope to be more active on here, I just got a 2002 F450 4x4.

So here goes with my first question.

I will be getting some 39" tires (Conti MPT 81) on super singles and I have heard about the poor design on the bearing for the D60 up front. I see the free spin kit costs around $2,000, then I have to get it installed or do it myself.

If I need to re-gear for the new tires I will be putting in either a locker or a posi
because the differential will be opened up and I figure why not at that point.

By the time I pay for all that, would I be better off ordering a complete, built, warranted axle and selling my original axle?

I'd appreciate any insight into this and thanks for the great forum.
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I paid 600 bucks labor to have all new gears and a LS into my axles. The bearings are easy to do yourself and I wouldn't be surprised if they did that for you. I think it would be expensive to buy a new axle, especially when they are going to tear it apart for gears. Once you get done with your old axle it will be brand new! Throw some of those dynatrac ball joints in there as well.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:47 PM
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Thanks for the reply Layson. I suppose if they did the free spin, ball joints, gears and posi in one shot the labor would be a pretty good value.
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Hi, first post here, thanks for the resource. I hope to be more active on here, I just got a 2002 F450 4x4.

So here goes with my first question.

I will be getting some 39" tires (Conti MPT 81) on super singles and I have heard about the poor design on the bearing for the D60 up front. I see the free spin kit costs around $2,000, then I have to get it installed or do it myself.

If I need to re-gear for the new tires I will be putting in either a locker or a posi
because the differential will be opened up and I figure why not at that point.

By the time I pay for all that, would I be better off ordering a complete, built, warranted axle and selling my original axle?

I'd appreciate any insight into this and thanks for the great forum.
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I paid 600 bucks labor to have all new gears and a LS into my axles. The bearings are easy to do yourself and I wouldn't be surprised if they did that for you. I think it would be expensive to buy a new axle, especially when they are going to tear it apart for gears. Once you get done with your old axle it will be brand new! Throw some of those dynatrac ball joints in there as well.
I agree W/ Layson on this, a new axle set up properly is going be a lot...

Not that it is a bad idea just expensive.

I would like to know more about your tire/wheel setup, I've been eyeballing those for a while. There is a local fire truck running those & they are sweet!!

Make sure to post some pics once you get them
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Yeah they have to take all that apart to do the gears!


The only thing I don't like about the tire setup is the ride. They tend to ride pretty dang stiff.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:59 PM
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I am hoping they won't ride as stiff for me, I am using the truck as a base for a custom RV, so there will be a decent amount of weight on the truck that will hopefully soften things out.

If it rattles my brain out I can air down, carry more water, we'll see.

If you want to see my inspiration, check out Earthroamer.com

The wheels I have on order are from 1stattack.com, their products are specifically targeted at the brush fire truck market so it could be Fall Guy has seen.

Thanks for the replies.
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Sounds good! Good luck with your project!
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