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Axle - Dana 60/61 Specifications
 
 
Dana 60 Axle 
Ring Gear Size:
9.75"
Axle Splines Available: 16, 23, 32, 30, 35
Reverse Cut Ratios: 3.54, 4.10, 4.30, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, 5.38
Gears Ratios Available: 3.54, 3.73, 4.10, 4.56, 4.88, 5.13, 5.38, 5.86, 6.17, 7.17
Locker Options: Dana Trac-Loc, Powr-Lok, Detroit, ARB, Lock-Right, Detroit Soft Locker, Powertrax no-Slip
Cases/Carriers:
  • 30 SP 4.10 Standard
  • 30 SP 4.56 Standard
  • 35 SP 4.10 Standard
  • 35 SP 4.56 Standard
  • 30 SP 4.10 Trac Lok
  • 30 SP 4.56 Trac Lok
  • 35 SP 4.10 Trac Lok
  • 35 SP 4.56 Trac Lok
  • 35 SP Powr Lok
  • Lowest point is 6" from centerline of the axle
  • The pinion rides on two bearings
  • D60s are available in high-pinion versions (Ford D60)
  • 60s tend to wear the thrust surface in the case (high milage)

The most sought after Dana 60 is the Ford Dana 60s.
Ford Dana 60's are High Pinion & King Pin axles.

Expect to pay anywhere from $700 to $1000 for a OLD non-restored Ford Dana 60. And upwards of $2800 for a restored Ford Dana 60. (1978 / 1979 Version.. the newer ones are cheaper slightly)

Check out www.differentialeng.com for all your axle build-up needs.

For a YJ the 78/79 Ford Dana 60 front axle is the one you want. The stock spring perches that are cast into the housing are off by under 1/4 of an inch, and a simple re-drill of the spring hole will line it up with your YJ.

Now if you can't find or don't want to shell out the money for a 78/79 Ford Dana 60 you can use a newer Ford Dana 60 but you will have to outboard your springs on your jeep. This isn't as hard as it sounds, and can save you money if you can fab. up your own outboarded mounts.


Semi-Floating and Full-Floating were used

Full-Float - 3 basic versions:
- Most common Dana 60 has 1 5/16" 30 spline shafts
- Heavy duty 60s with 1 1/3" 35 spline shafts (very rare in stock 4x4s)
- Some late '60s Dodge 4x4s and late '60s mid '70s Ford 4x2s have 1 5/16 16 spline shafts (watch out for these)

Where to get them from:
- Dodges, Fords, GMs, Internationals, and Jeeps

Dana 60's in Jeeps:
The Dana 60 is only availble on Jeeps for heavy duty applications ('63-81). It was an option semi-floating and full floating in the J-series pickups until 1981. Some heavy 1/2 ton and early 3/4 ton J-series trucks used a semi-floating Dana 60 with 5 on 5.5" wheel bolt pattern. Later 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks used a full floating Dana 60 with 8 on 6.5" wheel bolt pattern. Shafts are either 30 or 35 spline.

Dana 60 Front Axles by manufacturer and Bill of Material number


 

Shaved Dana 60

 

 
Model/Version
 Years
Dodge & Plymouth Cars w/Hemi Engines
66-73
Ford E250-E350
82-92
Ford F100 Rear
67-85
Ford F150
67-85
Ford F250 Front & Rear
67-92
Ford F350 Front & Rear
78-92
Chevrolet C30/C35 Front
77-95
Chevrolet C20/C25 Rear
80-92
Chrysler W200/W250 Front & Rear
69-93
Jeep J10 Rear
66-93

 

Assembly Specifications
Cover Bolt Ft. Lbs. 30-40
Pinion Brg. Preload In. Lbs 20-40
Pinion Nut Ft. Lbs. 240-300
Ring Gear Backlash .004-.009
Ring Gear Bolt to case Ft. Lbs. 100-120
Side Brg. Caps Ft. Lbs. 80-90