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I need some Dana 60 help

Discussion in 'Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension' started by The Dude, Aug 17, 2009.


  1. The Dude

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    I am going to be pulling the carrier out of a Dana 60 to install new seals. I understand this is going to be a pain. I have the axle out of the truck and I am no too worried about getting the carrier out. I have a huge prybar.



    My plan is to put the carrier back in with the same shims it came out with and put those shims on the same sides as before. I have never done any Dana axles before and I need to know if I will be able to get it all back together without a case spreader. It seems to me that if there is enough pre-load to justify using a case spreader, then getting these shims back in where they were without destroying them is almost impossible. GM's are easy with the adjusters and Fords use thick enough shims so you can use a hammer and punch. But I just dont know much about these.



    Does anyone have any insight or tips?
     
  2. swirvin21

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    I'm trying to remember who did a buildup on this. I remember them saying on the D60 you can do it with just a prybar, but after it was all said and done they would have opted to rent or borrow a case spreader that but up with the BS. I'll try to look through the posts to remember.



    When I did my D60s I borrowed a case spreader from a friend at the dealership. But I did a gear and carrier swap and couldn't reuse the same shims regardless. From what I've heard, I wouldn't do it with a pry bar unless you cannot find a spreader.
     

  3. The Dude

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    What kind of shims are in there though? And I'm not so worried about getting it all out. I am worried about stuffing the turkey without a case spreader. Is it possible?
     
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    This is a short excerpt from a page I found. The page is for Toyota FJs, but is applicable to D60s. Pretty good read. The shims are preload bearing shims and would have to be hammered in with the case at the right depth...it's ALOT of work if you don't get it right the first time!



    "The second tool I made is one that spreads the axle housing and allows for the carrier and carrier bearing and preload shims to be more easily inserted and removed from the housing. The astute reader the above differential settings will note that with a Dana differential, the carrier shims are added after the carrier is already "tightly" placed in the housing. Basically, in order to remove or install a D60 carrier with the proper carrier-bearing preload into a housing, you either need a big hammer to force the carrier with shims into the housing or you need to be able to spread open the housing slightly to allow removal or insertion of the carrier and shims. This spreader is especially needed when an ARB locker is also being installed, because as described below the shims on the passenger's side of the carrier actually go between the outside of the carrier bearing ands the housing. Dana/Spicer design their axle housings to be spread apart (by a maximum of 0.120") with a mechanical spreader that attaches to the two distinctive .750" diameter holes on the sides of each Dana/Spicer axle housing. The spreader tool is simply a rectangular frame that spreads in the horizontal direction with the turning of a 1" bolt."



    Here's the page:

    http://medusa.ih8mud.com/cruiser/D60HD/D60.html



    Mods...might copy this page in case it disappears, good info.
     

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