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Old 08-25-2007, 07:17 PM   #1
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I've been working alot lately on my build, so I thought it was about time to post some pics.



It's a D60 from a 91 F350. I bought the whole truck as a dually for $800, took out the axle and sold it as is for $800. So the 60 was free, and the 14 bolt was $200 at the junkyard. Both have 4.10's. Scored when I found out that both also had recent brake jobs.



If people are wondering why I used a gm axle, it's because of a few reasons. The width was good, bolt pattern matched, and it's stupid strong even in stock form. Not to mention, their dirt cheap and common as a bellybutton.



I relocated the perches on the 14b to match the rear leafs on my '93. That was no problem, but I also found out that I needed to trim the gas tank skidplate a bit a bit because it was very close to the pumpkin. I'll also be adding some 6" skyjacker leafs in addition to the belltech shackles.



For the front, I'm using these brackets from ballistic fabrication. They look real nice, and I'll easily be able to modify one of them to fit on the driver's side beam between the pumpkin and the knuckle. It's pretty tight, but I should be able to make it happen by moving the upper buckets outward on the frame a bit as well. Also waiting for some Cage radius arms to tie the axle in.

I'm still undecided on the coils, but I'd like to get the brackets burned on and the rear installed so I can estimate what the ride height is going to be. The axles are staying fullwidth, and I've got a set of Bushwacker cut-outs to top it all off. Hoping to end up with somewhere around 38's.





Had to sneak a pic of the can-am in there!
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Old 08-25-2007, 07:33 PM   #2
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you aint kidding about GM axles being cheap, I just picked one up for the Suburban with 4.10's for $75............. looking for either a dodge or a GM Dana 60 with 4.10's.



good luck with your project.
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I have the same front rad arm/coil mounts and I love them!! I think they are awesome!!

Build looks good, ready to see it on wheels.
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The 14 bolt Full floater is far stronger than a 60 rear, even stronger than a 70 in my opinion. The parts are easy to get and cheap.
They are designed after a ford 9" just bigger and with a removeable cover. The pinion has three bearings which is a huge benefit.
It is also the only chevy part I won't get mad at people for using on a Ford.
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I'm also using the flat bottom link/coil mounts from Ballistic.


Looks good so far.
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I'm also using the flat bottom link/coil mounts from Ballistic.


Looks good so far.
Yeah, they're sweet. Saved a ton of work. I wish I could have struck a better bead on them though. The mig has been pissing me off lately, but I found today that the ground clamp wire was all messed up. Caused it to weld really erratic and mess up right in the middle of a weld. Oh well, at least I'll be able to weld them on the axle properly.

Any suggestions for coils? I've been considering some 5.5" EB springs, but I'm not sure if that will match the rear. At this point I haven't really looked into them much though.
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Old 08-26-2007, 04:40 AM   #7
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the 4.5 crawler coils from wildhorses will net about 6-7" lift, give or take when stock... or so im told.
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I am using 3 inch TJ coils on mine, but mine is a lot lighter as well. Same 5.5" diameter. I believe they are 180 lb/in
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the wildhorses are 200lbs per inch to 375 lbs per inch 10%. Ive heard the flex really well, and they arent too stiff... i bought a set of TJ springs 175lbs.... will flex insane probably, but theyre stupidly soft.
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That looks like a 3/4-ton 14-bolt, by the way. The one-ton has 3.5" wide rear brakes and the 3/4 has 2.5" wide. That's the only difference. I think a real Detroit Locker (Trac-Teck No-Spin) can be installed without changing the carrier--no gear set-up.
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