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Whats stronger, Dana 44 or dana 60?

Discussion in 'Offroad Drivelines' started by '97 V8, October 18, 2006.

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  1. '97 V8

    '97 V8 Well-Known Member

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    Well obviously a dana 60 over a stock dana 44. But my question is, a dana 44, built with 4340 chromoly shafts, ctm u-joints, a spool, and warn premuim lockouts compared to a completely rebuilt stock dana 60...new rotors, bearings, seals, calipers, lockouts and u-joints...oh forgot and a ring and pinion.

    WHats stronger?
     
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  3. Stic-o

    Stic-o Elite Movie Star Elite Explorer

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    Maxed out 44 is probally close to stock 60 strength, however a 60 would be cheaper then. :rolleyes:
     
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    A lot cheaper. THe 60 im looking at is 1500 bucks.
     
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    for a stock 60? usually i see em go for 800-1000

    But with all that, your moving the weaklink to the r&p, which really a day ender.
     
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    Yeah, i see the junkyard ones go for about 900 for a ford, and as a bonus you get the rear dana 60 as well. The one im looking at is completely rebuilt and has new everything. The only thing i would need is my hi steer arms and im good.
     
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    hmm. The thing is i get a gear choice with the axle, the gears are from yukon. I want 4.88's. I have a 14bolt rear end at home from when i had my blazer a couple years back. Disc brake coversion for that thing and a gear swap, i should be in business.
     
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    My best advice when considering the 44 vs. 60 is that if you don't need the strenght of a 60, the 44 is a whole lot less weight. two people can easily move around a fully dressed 44, not gonna happen with a 60. Invest in an engine hoist.
     
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    Honestly $1500 for a full rebuilt D60 front with your gear choice is a really good deal. Buy a used one for $1000 and you will spend more than $500 rebuilding and gearing it. Its the nickle and dime stuff like bearings, kingpins (or balljoints) and brakes that get ya.

    When trying to decide between a D60 or D44 front, you gotta go on potential tire choice. If you know without a doubt you will never go bigger than a 37, maybe a skinny 38, then a built D44 will be fine. If you have just the slightest doubt that you may want to go bigger one day, then dont waste money on a D44 go with the D60 from the start. Its a helluva lot cheaper to start with a 60 than it is to start with a 44, build the 44, sell the 44 at a loss and then go get a 60. :p:


    And FYI 2 men can indeed move around a full dress D60 front its just really going to depend on what 2 men you are talking about. :D
     
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    Precisely. When my SAS is done I want to go with 37's or 38's. But definatly down the line i may go bigger. Well i guess i now know what im getting. Thanks everyone for the information, really appreciate it!
     
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    [QUOTE='97 V8]Precisely. When my SAS is done I want to go with 37's or 38's. But definatly down the line i may go bigger. Well i guess i now know what im getting. Thanks everyone for the information, really appreciate it![/QUOTE]

    if your going to go with 37's or 38's and a good chance of going bigger in the future i'd go with 5.13's over the 4.88's
     
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    ya, 5.13's sound better on 38's.
     
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    Go 5.13's.. they are nice :thumbsup: :D
     
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    We'll see. Now for the knuckles on the kingpin dana 60, will i have to get them machined or can i mount the hi steer arms right away?
     
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    I was going to go 5.13s but my local 4wd shop talked me into 4.88s. He said the overdrive in the AOD can easily handle 37/38s with the 4.88. So the 5.13s would hardly differ from 4.88s.
     
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    well I guess he does have the 5.ooohh.

    Whatever floats your boat :p:
     
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    Any insight to get hi steer arms? Do i need to get the knuckles machined?
     
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    yes, i dont think any truck ever came with both sides drilled and tapped, they had one or the other usually drivers side.
     
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    Dedenbears. :cool:
     
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    That name sounds very familiar.
     

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