June 10, 2004I am planning on doing a solid axle(D60) swap on my 98 Z71 next year. I am pretty sure I am following the right track as far as researching parts and whatnot. However I am not sure I am thinking of everything. Like I said, I want a Dana 60 King Pin, but dont know what make and year is best for me? I am going to run 38`s. Also What springs should I get? I was planning on using the "ORU" kit to mount it, what should I do for steering? What would be a good donor truck? Where would be the best place to find a used D60? What else needs to be swapped or converted? I will have limited time once I take the truck off the road to work on it, so I want to make sure I have ALL parts ahead of time. If anyone has done this on any 87-98 Z71, what should I look out for and what may make life easier? I will have a professional mechanic helping me with install, however I am new to this and want it done right. Thanks for any help ahead of time.
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June 10, 2004i believe only 78 & 79 ford 1 ton trucks had a kingpin d60. The ORU kit is the best and maybe the only sfa kit available.
June 10, 200478/9 are only desireable b/c of the high pinion. Kingpins came in all makes, not just Ford.
June 17, 2004You need a Ford Dana 60 due to the fact that your transfer case output is on the drivers side as is the differential on a Ford axle. Also, If you plan on doing all of this work and running 38`s you may also consider getting rid of the 10 bolt rear axle as well.
June 17, 2004I would just use oru`s steering kit. Good luck finding a D60. I have a 89 chevy with a D44 and 38`s and never have a problem.
June 17, 2004Thanks for all the advice thus far. As a matter of fact I am planning on replacing my rear axle as well with a matching Dana 60. I still have not been able to find any 78/9 Ford Dana 60`s anywhere, any suggestions? or even the whole truck? I Dont want to buy new because I can`t afford it.What springs should I get to fit 38`s without trimming?How hard is it to adapt the new steering? using the ORU kit?
July 1, 2004I say try a salvage yard for a D60. They are very difficult to find though. I mean you can buy one on ebay for a bundle but check all the salvage yards. For the rear I say swap a 14 bolt in there. One because they are used in gm HD trucks and they are super strong. You would need about 8 inch lift springs to fit 38`s. Superlift has them pretty cheap, but the ride is gonna be harsh. I dont know much about the steering but I know you need a 2wd power steering box and i believe the rest of the kit is bolt on. Look around for other crossover steering kits beczuse ORU is super expensive. Also, be prepared to spend money on this swap. I was gonna do the swap to my suburban but gave up. Good Luck.