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Old August 2nd, 2009, 01:10 AM
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copied this from my build thread over on another forum. But figured since ill be here now mostly i would post it here aswell.

Guys i hate to say it. Truck hasnt been on the road for more than a month. Im running into problems that i was really hoping to avoid.

My front Dodge D60 has UNIT bearings, these are HORRIBLE for big tire applications. I believe they offer a conversion to convert them to a different style aswell as manual hubs. But if i remeber correctly its up there in price 1k or 1.5k.

I believe i blew the driver side bearing AGAIN, so going on the 3rd one. NOT GOOD at $200+ each. I wont know till tomorrow when i have time to tear into it what exactly the issue is.

Really fed up with this dodge axle, deal or no deal the thing is causing too many problems. If its no bearings then its steering if its no steering then its the low pinion not alowing me room for a front d-shaft.

possible solutions:

1. Fix whatever i just broke (this is a given and WILL happen)

2. Buy an OLD Ford D60 8x6.5 bolt pattern and switch it out with the dodge d60. But for a Ford D60 your lookin at $1,200 for just the front and it wont be setup the way it needs to be. So kinda not likin this route.

3. Sell the wheels, tires, axles, and go a totally different route. Pick up a set of Rockwell 2.5 ton axles, get a set of 44's or bigger on rockwell pattern wheels. and bolt them in. This will overall be the best solution since its going to be solving a problem and GREATLY increasing strength. Rockwells for front and rear are gonna run about $1,500 Debraking them and adding wheel brakes will be another $500-600. So $2,100 total for 4 disc brake 2.5 ton axles. Not bad. The gearing is 6.72:1 so gonna HAVE to run 44's and would really need to run 49-54's just to keep the RPMS in respectful levels.

4. sell the truck, which isnt an option. I dont and will never dump my problems onto someone else.

So its lookin like its going 2.5 TON's


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sorry about the build problems that you are experiencing, maybe you could cheer yourself up by posting some pics of the project :)



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sorry about the build problems that you are experiencing, maybe you could cheer yourself up by posting some pics of the project :)
fixed the problem... now looking for new axle and in a month or two ill start replacing everything with 2.5Ton Rockwells

Ill post some pictures shortly. need to make a phone call


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cant wait to see the pics, that truck looks awesome



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cant wait to see the pics, that truck looks awesome
heres some pictures from the build, somehow i lost a bunch. but ill be getting more when i start working on it again.

















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That's some sweet action!!!!! I need to find me another truck to play with that I don't need as a daily driver. Deuce and a half axles. Nice!

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That's some sweet action!!!!! I need to find me another truck to play with that I don't need as a daily driver. Deuce and a half axles. Nice!
thats my next upgrade.

After the motor swap that is.

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door #3

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I was gonna say go with the 2.5's. If you could find and old International youd be in good shape. Have you found the axles or are you still looking. I may be able to find some around here cheap. What are you expecting to find the axles out of? Isnt that what a GMC TopKick ran?

12V Cummins will make you SOOOOOOOOOOO happy with that truck! Let me know how that turns out for ya. Make sure you get a COMPLETE wiring harness for it. and make sure that no wires have been cut. They a pain to find the correct connectors for unless you go to dealer!

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