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Dana Axles

Discussion in 'Solid Axle Suspension' started by BrodyJ29, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Jul 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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    yotanation29

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    is just the housing or a full axle? im in the process of doing a sas and finding the right axle is my biggest problem right now. i was considering bulding it from trail fear products but if you can sell a complete axle im VERY interesteed. please pm me more info
     
  2. Jul 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM
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    SAS.. Need I say more.
    Don't go with a TG axle..

    How are you having a hard time finding an axle? There are millions for sale on craigslist. What axle are you looking for?
     
  3. Jul 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM
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    finding a driver side drop is pretty hard, passenger is real easy. ive been looking for a dana 44/60 or fj80, but im considering using this kit
    http://www.sky-manufacturing.com/new/detaproduct.php?id=251
    and this axle
    http://shop.rp4wd.com/category/axles
    its that set up or all trailgear and old pu parts. that seems to be the easiest route
     
  4. Jul 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    well if you are going to look for a 60. Then don't bother with an fj80 or a 44. Get the 60. And be happy for life. People end up spending damn near equal amounts in the d44 just to NEVER EVER reach the strength of the d60 STOCK. Get a d60, they are easy to find.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    So after reading a few pages of "debating" back and forth about toy vs dana axles, I feel like I need a fifth of liquor and a cheap slut. haha

    So I'm wanting to SAS my 07'. I have an opportunity to get a set of dana's, which i believe to be 60's. The passenger side is stamped 256, and they are on a 2000 ford f250 super duty. My cost will be labor of removing and installing what he has sitting in the bed. Are these too big or too much for what I need for the taco???
     
  6. Jul 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM
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    Those are absolutely perfect. Driver drop, perfect width for a 2nd gen. You will love yourself more than anyone when you get it built.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM
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    Is my research correct, I have found what i believe to be information making me think that it is a "Dana Super 60" with a 10 inch ring gear?

    And I will be getting the rear as well if he makes the swap.
     
  8. Jul 12, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    That would be a good find, the super 60 is nice.
     
  9. Jul 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM
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    I'm gonna do my best, should know within a week the guys intentions, the truck is in the shop, his new axles in the bed, oh but of course he is out of town for work. As soon as he is back I can begin begging.
     
  10. Jul 13, 2012 at 6:23 AM
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    I would keep looking personally. While any 60 is gonna be great for you, I personally would prefer a Kingpin 60 over a BJ 60 anyday. Kingpins were only made for a short time, and are pricey, but stronger.

    And you first must ask yourself, do you really need a Solid Axle? Or better yet, do you really need your truck (meaning in a its their when I need to use it to drive/haul/etc). Because once you SAS it, unless it is done perfect, the truck will never be the same. Thats why so many people SAS their truck and sell it within a year or two.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2012 at 8:50 AM
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    You have to remember how heavy these new Tacomas are. A Ford D60 in front is ideal in strength, width and diff offset. The only downside to a 2000 Ford D60 is the balljoints-vs-kingpins. The older axles had kingpins.

    Do Not install a D44 in that truck!!!
     
  12. Jul 13, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    Agreed on all counts.

    I have built these trucks on solid axles and as you say, if they're done right, they are a real pleasure to drive. One of them we call a "Tacoma HD".
     
  13. Jul 13, 2012 at 4:55 PM
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    My buddy at work put it it great today, its putting a 1 ton axle on a 1/16th ton truck!!! haha overkill done right. :p
     
  14. Jul 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM
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    If BJ's are so bad, why do they use them in the rock jock housings? People put down the new style ford axles for no reason I believe. Kingpins are really only superior when it comes to KOH style wheeling. Otherwise Bj 60's are perfect.

    Eh, our trucks are more-so on the 1/2ton side than anything. The classifications for trucks is stupid IMO. Tacoma can haul #1300 so it should be like a 5/8th ton. :rolleyes:
     
  15. Jul 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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    When designing and planning for the "perfect build", kingpin knuckles are just that...perfect. They are bombproof for the average, even hardcore occasional wheeler. KOH trucks use them because they are the best you can get. Balljoints do wear out eventually, but then so do kingpins, the difference in performance is in the time frame. Kingpins last much, much longer.

    Let's not forget the options and parts variety associated with kingpin knuckles, like steering arm adaptability. Sure, you can get Balljoint knuckles with the same features but you can use junkyard kingpin knuckles and save a few bucks.

    Don't get me wrong, I would install a BJ housing in my truck or a customer's, but I'm talking "perfect world" scenario here.
     
  16. Jul 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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    Just overbuild it. You know you want to.
     
  17. Jul 14, 2012 at 7:09 PM
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    That sir is the truth!!!!!!
    :D
    So when someone asks why.. i can say just because!!!!
     
  18. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM
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    The Dana 60 crate axle is suppose to be a kingpin design.
     
  19. Jul 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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    That's good news. Originally you thought it would be a balljoint axle.
     
  20. Nov 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    great thread, im in need of a dd car now... slowly and steady the sas will be here
     
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