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So seeing as spring is just around the corner, I thought I'd start a thread on the future undertaking of swapping in the Dana 60.

The axle is from a 1986 "Fawwd" F-threee "fitty", sporting some kingpins and a whole lot of rust. I took this axle apart a few months ago (except stupid me didnt remove the pinion nut before breakdown :rolleyes:) and had it hot tanked. I wanted it sandblasted, but the machine shop owner smirked and said "naaah yo, that junx is too big for my blasting cabinet" .. okay except he didn't really say that cauz he's old and a really cool guy. ANyways *twirls blonde hair*, this is my plaannn:

- WMS-WMS this axle is just a bit over 69" wide so I'm going to cut the passenger's side down a few inches to match 'ye ol General Motors 14-bolt axle. So this is going to require custom axle shafts and I think I'm going to go Chromos and 35-spline outers off the bat from the most awesome guys at Complete Off Road.

- Drive flange or lockouts? They are about the same in price and its a dedicated trail rig so I'm leaning towards the drive flanges. Right now, the cheapest flanges I found are the Teraflexes at $180 for a pair. If anyone knows of a better deal, please let me know :D !!

- High-steer arms and a double-ended hydroponics goodness ("cylinder").

- Opposite-ended panhard bar! The idea is to mount the chassis end of the panhard on the passenger's side frame rail and the axle end on the driver's side. Doing so should allow a more simple and cleaner design since the axle-mount can be mounted on top of or near the differential housing, instead of a tower on the passenger's side (like in my current D44 setup). I also plan to boost the panhard as far up as possible to increase the roll center of the front suspension. Yeah the concept is a little strange but I'm hoping it'll work and won't have any issues (no drag-link to factor into the design). But if anyone knows of any problem running this config, please chime in!

*EDIT*
- Detoit Locker for the carrier. I'm please with how the Detroit in the 14-bolt has performed so I figured I'd run the same in the front. Of course 5.13s to match the 14-bolt.


So here's the little guy, he's been in this position for the past few months just collecting dust:

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Maybe the 2nd gen auto trannys are better in this respect. I've never had mine let me down on a hill.
 



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Hey guys

You guys that are looking for a c4 I found mine about 4 yrs ago. you can get one out of a 1978,1979,1980,1981,1982. mustangs the ones that came with the 2.9v6,2.8 v6, just thought I give you a little help :biggthump
 






My 700-R4 has never given me a problem either. I have sat close to vertical twice now, bith times in Moab. Once on Widowmaker and once in Mickey's hot tub and have never had a problem, not even a burp.
 






Thanks for the input guys .. I did find a manual M5 2 hours south of me. Its from a 2001 Explorer so it should be an HD cauz the OHV terminated at the end of 2000. I'll try to pick it up next week.

Some Rockathon beadlocks came in today -- 17"s for compatibility with either Iroks, Creepy Crawlers, or Krawlers (way to name tires!):
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My 700-R4 has never given me a problem either. I have sat close to vertical twice now, bith times in Moab. Once on Widowmaker and once in Mickey's hot tub and have never had a problem, not even a burp.


I am glad you chimed in on this subject Kevin, your truck was the first one that came to my mind as I saw the underside of it plenty in Moab this year.
 






my tranny is usually pretty dependable, but it went out when i did the following.....
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so i believe that is about it's limit.
 






my tranny is usually pretty dependable, but it went out when i did the following.....
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so i believe that is about it's limit.

we run a C4 in tom's buggy (major rock from werock)..and do MUCH steeper...just seal the dipstick at the tranny...and add another quart...never slips..nothing else done to it..

I've had my explorer EXACTLY the same angle suck air...now(did) run an extra quart in it..no problems!!

got a C4 for her now...:p:
 






An almost finished glazed donut .. for Mr. Kennedy
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The beam going across is reinforced at the center (where there are no holes and the four welded notches) with an internal structure for any forces from the rear winch -- it will be plated up some more and whatever else is needed.
 












IZ, you need one of these. Night and Day. :thumbsup: :)
 

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IZ, you need one of these. Night and Day. :thumbsup: :)
Fine.. since you keep TXT-messaging me day and night about it, I guess I dont really have a choice..

EDIT -- ok wow, a text message just came through :confused:... you kids and your crazy "technologies".

EDIT 2 -- finally got some time to play with the camera to take low light shots. A 32 bolt beadlock extravaganza:
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Iz your special decal is ready :D

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Send me those beadlocks, i need to see if are heavy..
 












gotta give you a hand IZ, your doin a killer job on this

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I'm definetly tuning in for this build

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Ahhh crap, I'm two days late on wishing you a happy 1 year anniversary on this thread.

Guess the July completion date was for 2009
Ahah I didnt even notice that! My has time flown.

Only update I got is that I picked up my M5OD-R1 of the HD variety on Thuuuuursday from Richmond, Virginia. I said "suhhh, may I have s'more M5OD". He said "bohhh, you aint from 'round here eys ya?". I said "n-n-n-n-noo suhh, I'm from up north". He said "bohhh, I aint evu heard of nobody from the north come down hea. yuh dum or som'm boahhh?". So I stabbed him in the stomach, threw the transmission into the passenger's side of the Civic, and dumped the clutch. On my way home, I bypassed the gruelling I-95 traffic by heading North-East towards one of the tributaries of the Chespapeak for some fine local food at a town called Tappahannock. -Fin-
 






Liar liar pants on fire.
 






Man, you are an American bad ass.
 



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