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A local guy has one for sale for around 700 bucks, complete axel. I know it is coil sprung and real wide, but it would be cool. Is this a good price though? I kinda though it coud be used as is (x-cept gears and locker) no new shafts or anything b/c it is already a 60.
 

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Seems like a smokin' deal!
I know that in my city in Alaska they run at $1,000 and up, and are really hard to find.

If it's full width and you keep it that way, you obviously won't need new shafts, but it may be good to buy new ones anyway.
 

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what year is the axle from? off the top of my head i cant think of any ford d60's that were coil sprung (i may be wrong though ???) and anything but 78-79 will have a 36.5" spring width, where as the 78-79 has a 31.5 which is .if its a newer one like late 01s and up they will have metric 8x170mm wheel bolt pattern, unit bearing hubs which means custom wheels and pricy bearings, , also if you want to do high steer and its a ball joint D60 its going to cost ya a pretty penny, ive checked into it for a buddy of mine and from what i found out you have to pretty much cut the inner C's off replace with some aftermarket stuff like dynatrac, rockcrusher...then replace everything out. you can do regular crossover though by buying a pass side knuckle. as far as the price its sounds good, but remember parts for a 60 aint cheap like the 44's. if you buy new shafts just make sure to buy 35 spline outers, pirate has a write up for what you need to convert over form 30 splines.

here is some reading for you.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/60_front/index.html
 

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Like the other guys said, that's a really good deal, but educate yourself first before you buy...there are thing like the newer 60's that have to be modified different than the older style (like the 78-79 axle I have) and this can limit your options with the newer axles...especailly when it comes to highsteer setups.

If possible try to find one that has the older style kingpin setup instead of the balljoints and if possible for driveline alignment the 78-79 dana 60 front has the narrower 31-1/2" factory spring perches that keep the front driveshaft angle straighter than the newer axles.

Let me know if I can assist with any dana 60 questions you have at [email protected]

Later,
David
 

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The only thing that is useful from those assemblies is the reverse spiral center section, that's where all the strength is. Otherwise, it's just a heavier (weight-wise) D44.

A kingpin axle would be better for overall strength, though a Tacoma isn't exactly a fullsize, big-blocked beast. As Zac said, the kingpin knuckles are far simpler to set up for high-steer, because the top of the knuckle is above the inner knuckle.
Crane High Clearance offers ready-to-rock kingpin high-steer knuckles that are super beefy. Of course you would also need the inner knuckles to make it all work, but you would have a very nice setup.
Crane even offers reverse spiral center sections so you could basically build a complete axle.
 

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The only thing that is useful from those assemblies is the reverse spiral center section, that's where all the strength is. Otherwise, it's just a heavier (weight-wise) D44.

A kingpin axle would be better for overall strength, though a Tacoma isn't exactly a fullsize, big-blocked beast. As Zac said, the kingpin knuckles are far simpler to set up for high-steer, because the top of the knuckle is above the inner knuckle.
Crane High Clearance offers ready-to-rock kingpin high-steer knuckles that are super beefy. Of course you would also need the inner knuckles to make it all work, but you would have a very nice setup.
Crane even offers reverse spiral center sections so you could basically build a complete axle.

$$$$$$ :D but after searching for a few months for 2 front 60's and finding nothing but shitty ones for 1500 bucks i may just have 2 built but ill need to save alittle longer for that.
 

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$$$$$$ :D but after searching for a few months for 2 front 60's and finding nothing but shitty ones for 1500 bucks i may just have 2 built but ill need to save alittle longer for that.
Yeah, it would be serious $$$$, but it would be very unique!

Have you found your 60s yet? Going to go RS with both if you can?
 

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Yeah, it would be serious $$$$, but it would be very unique!

Have you found your 60s yet? Going to go RS with both if you can?
i havent found them yet, and yes im going to do the rear steer which is making my search a little harder. and since i havent really had any time here lately due to divorce/custody stuff i havent been able to search like i want but first things first. however ive been eyeing the 1550 stuff from sunray engineering, just need to call them and see how much everything from the inner C's out will cost, probably allot of fawking money but being able to hammer on it as hard as i want and not having to worry about it is worth the extra money. now days there are so many different routes to go as far as setups its pretty much a coin toss, all i know is i wont be buying another detroit locker. the bed got ripped off last night and i moved the current rear axle foward ~7" or so (wanna buy a bed that has so many dents in it you probably couldnt tell what the hell it is :D )
 

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Whoops, by RS I meant Reverse Spiral, otherwise known as high-pinion, reverse cut, etc.

I checked out that Sunray 1550 stuff; that's dead sexy! I was familiar with their stuff, but hadn't seen the newest products.

Whatever you end up doing with it, it will surely be kickass.
 

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AK98Taco said:
Whoops, by RS I meant Reverse Spiral, otherwise known as high-pinion, reverse cut, etc.

I checked out that Sunray 1550 stuff; that's dead sexy! I was familiar with their stuff, but hadn't seen the newest products.

Whatever you end up doing with it, it will surely be kickass.
lol. yeah both will be HP axles, hell after today i dont know when i will be able to buy gas for the truck again, ( divorce/custody case was over today) so lawyer bills will be coming in soon :eek:
 

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This is all of the info I have so far, what else should I ask about?

"The Junk yard has two of them! I'm looking at buying on of
them. I figure buying two of them in the dead of winter the
price will come down, maybe UNDER $550 each. So anyone know
anyone looking? I'd be willing to help with the build up.
Also in my 7+ years of just walking junk yards this is my
first time seeing two Ford Dana 60 High Pinion axles!

The one is a High Pinion out of an 88 Ford, and is complete
lock-out to lock-out. Not sure on gears, but I've pics if
you want."
 

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I would recommend personally pulling the covers and looking inside, if you haven't already. Water intrustion or gear damage could drive the price down?
 

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By doing rear steering you will be installing a front axle in the rear. From what I have been told when you do this the ring and pinion become weaker. Because that will cause you to use the coast side of the gears primarily. How true is this?

Trent
 

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By doing rear steering you will be installing a front axle in the rear. From what I have been told when you do this the ring and pinion become weaker. Because that will cause you to use the coast side of the gears primarily. How true is this?

Trent

dunno. but the gears will be superior and be i will have them cryo'ed so i really wont be worried about it. if they break then they break. over the years i have never saw anyone break a ring and pinion with a rear steer set up, only shafts and joints, with 35 spline superiors and CTM's im not going to worry about it.
 
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