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Jeep Axle Swaps: Rear Dana 60

Front Swaps

Dana 44
Dana 30

Rear Swaps

Dana 60
Dana 44
Ford 9"

Jeep Axles

Factory Options

Dana 60 bottom Dana 60 back Dana 60 top
Photos courtesy Joe Schaefer

Some Jeep "heavy" 1/2 ton pickups used a semi-floating Dana 60 with a 5 on 5 1/2" wheel bolt pattern. The standard 1/2 ton pickups used a Dana 44 and the 3/4 ton pickups used a full floating Dana 60 with different wheel bolt pattern. This axle makes a great low buck Dana 60 option since the wheel bolt pattern matches the normal CJ wheel bolt pattern. These axles are wide for a CJ, but the tubes can be cut and rewelded and the shafts cut and resplined. The axle in the photograph is from a '73 J-4000 pickup. I've seen this axle on J-4000s and since it was used from '73-'79, it must be available on some J-10s as well. This axle had 12" brakes, which might need to be swapped out to fit in a 15" wheel. Note the 60-2 cast on the bottom of the differential cover. This type of axle is probably available in some Chevy and Ford pickups.

This axle was available with 4.09:1 R&P standard and optionally with 4.88:1 R&P when used behind a Dana 20 transfer case. It was also used with the Borg-Warner 13-39 Quadratrac transfer case with 4.09:1 R&P. The version used with the Quadratrac probably has an offset differential, so perhaps you could get away with only shortening one side of this axle.

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