converting a dana 60 to disc brakes

Discussion in 'transmission and Drive train' started by grumpyvette, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member

    If you read a bit on this forum it would be hard to escape the idea that Ive been rather positive on the DANA 60 rear differential, its extremely durable, but in many cases it comes with drum brakes which are heavy and not as effective as a disc brake upgrade, so here,s some linked info on upgrading the brakes to discs, a trip to several large salvage yards may give you access to most of the parts or you might need to buy a conversion kit

    http://www.tsmmfg.com/2660.htm

    http://www.bsfab.net/?p=85

    http://www.blackbirdscustomtrucks.com/index8.html

    http://www.carcraft.com/techarticles/cc ... ewall.html

    http://www.virginia4x4.com/dodge%20dana%2060.html

    http://www.jegs.com/i/Right%20Stuff/965 ... /-1?CT=999

    http://www.jegs.com/p/Right-Stuff/Right ... 9/10002/-1

    http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/gene ... index.html

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  2. grumpyvette

    grumpyvette Administrator Staff Member


    heres a few related dana 60/70 bits of info, keep in mind that a dana 60/70 rear differential and axles, gears etc. thats been correctly built with decent aftermarket components can easily handle in excess of 7000 ft lbs of torque as the stock rear differentials designed to handle 7000ft lbs or more making it significantly stronger than the common chevy 12 bolt or ford 9" these rear differentials came mostly in mopar 3/4 and 1 ton trucks but there were many other applications including several chevy trucks, any decent custom shop specializing in rear differentials can custom fabricate a differential based on the DANA 60/70 with disc brakes,and a bolt pattern matching your wheels with the correct clearances and of the required length to fit most applications, that will shrug of almost any racing abuse as long as fluid levels are kept correct . naturally larger racing disc brakes will require a 17"-19" wheel for clearance.
    Ive used nothing but a dana 60/70 rear differential in my race applications for decades as I got really tired of spending hard earned cash on 12 bolt chevy rears only to reduce them to expensive twisted scrap , behind a stout big block engine once I used serious slicks and a decent suspension, Ive never yet busted a correctly built dana 60/70, even on a 750 plus hp application

    If your looking in salvage yards for a dana 60 rear differential, the forward housing, on performance car versions has 5 lug axles,it has provisions to bolt on a snubber on the car versions thats missing on the truck versions and the
    u-joint, yoke or hub used on trucks doesn,t interchange with the car version
    some truck versions use different axles
    there are 6 lug and full float versions in trucks and a very similar looking dana 70
    and modified commercial versions like strange sells


    http://www.strangeengineering.net/high-performance-street/dana-60-s60-mopar-8-components.html

    http://www.offroaders.com/directory/axles/dana60.htm

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_60

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    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...strongest-rears-differentials-available.1282/

    http://www.moserengineering.com/com...-dana-60-built-to-order-rear-end-package.html

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...ing-a-dana-60-to-disc-brakes.5083/#post-25173

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.co...fferentials-and-related-info.1261/#post-10180

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/narrowing-a-rear-differential.1934/#post-5126

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/the-dana-60-rear-differential.1035/
    http://www.currieenterprises.com/cestore/dana60.aspx

    http://www.blackbirdscustomtrucks.com/i ... ml#8dually

    http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/chas ... le_review/

    http://www.lmctruck.com/features/cc/ccdfl.htm

    http://www.drivetrain.com/parts_catalog ... parts.html

    http://www.moparmusclemagazine.com/tech ... ewall.html

    http://www.mopar1.us/dana.html

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    viewtopic.php?f=71&t=5586&p=16984&hilit=dana+differential#p16984
     
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  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

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