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: Difference between a Dana 60 and a Super 60



orangejuice360
11-06-2012, 05:14 PM
What's the difference? They look very similar from the exterior. I just bought an 05' Ram SRT-10 pickup and I am thinking of changing from 4:56 gears that are stock to some 4:10 mabey... I think that is the carrier split on a regular D-60 axle if I am not mistaken... What makes a Super 60 Super? is the difference in the carrier? bigger bearings? etc... Looking to get just a pinch better mileage, If I can just change the ring and pinion that would be the best. I am planning on a tuner so that I can change the speedo cal so that shouldn't be a problem.

Joe-Dokes
11-08-2012, 03:40 PM
Below is a quote from Chris Alston Chassis Works Website concerning the S60:

"The S60 series of bolt-in Dana 60 rearend housings from Strange Engineering is an excellent cost-effective option for adding substantial power handling to your drivetrain. Center sections are cast from high-strength nodular iron and feature integrated application-specific mounts to make installation quick and simple. Strange S60 center sections offer increased strength over the original Dana/Spicer units and are designed to use threaded carrier nuts for gear back-lash adjustment Bolt-in S60 rearends are available for GM A- and F-bodies with leaf-spring or torque-arm suspensions, Mopar leafspring suspensions, and can be ordered without mounts for custom installations."

http://www.cachassisworks.com/Attachments/CatPages/CAC/CAC0205.pdf

So It would appear that the S60 Housing is a bit stronger. For most cars I'd bet the standard Dana 60 Housing is more than strong enough. For an all-out eight or nine second car the benefit of a Strange housing might be worth the added cost, but for the rest of us who live on budgets the standard housing will be good enough.

I BELIEVE (you'd need to contact him to confirm) that Dr. Diff simply uses standard Dana 60 housings in his rear-ends. The benefit being the saving of several hundred dollars by using a used housing vs a new housing from Strange. Several people on this board have used Dr. Diff rear-ends and are very happy with them.

http://www.doctordiff.com/

Hope this helps,

Regards,

Joe Dokes

orangejuice360
11-08-2012, 06:45 PM
yup, helps alot... I am only wanting to change the ring and pinion, sounds like it is standard D-60 stuff, thanks!

Supershafts
11-10-2012, 08:15 AM
The S-60 is different than the factory Dana made 60.

I have and only use the S-60 for builds because they are stronger as strange has made casting improvements, they also made design changes the Dana made 60 doesn't have making pre-load issues much easier and bl adjustments

Is it better than a Dana 60, if you don't have a Dana 60 then it is better in many ways.

Is it better to use the S-60 over a Dana 60, if you have a Dana 60 already i wouldn't run from it for a S-60.

But if you don't have a Dana and want a 60... You want a 60 and you're not sure who's 60 to use from the aftermarket, the S-60 is the only aftermarket option you should consider.

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orangejuice360
11-11-2012, 09:35 AM
I am not replacing or trying to choose which axle to get, My SRT-10 ram already has one8) The big thing is I want to change out the 4:56 gears to get a little better mileage. Wondering if a standard D-60 ring and pinion will work? Joe has already given some highlights on some of the differences.

thanks guys.

Supershafts
11-11-2012, 12:35 PM
The Dana made 60 and the S-60 are housings, not internals.

The differences are in the housing, not the gears or carriers or axles

darth720
11-16-2012, 11:29 AM
So is my Moser 60 as strong as the Dana 60 or stronger? I gather the strange is strongest?

Supershafts
11-22-2012, 08:20 AM
Moser is the same as the Dana made, only Strange has made design changes to the housings.

cesarbee440
11-23-2012, 10:49 AM
How much do you guys think I can get for the two Dana 60's I have if I sold locally? They are both 52 5/8" and I have 35 spline new axles from Cass (Dr Diff) ready to use. Both are used PowerLoks and have used 4:10 gears also but the splines on the units are only 16 and 30! One has Mopar flanges and the other Ford Torino but will be sold with used Ford Explorer disc set up!

Life is getting in the way and I have to seriously think about bailing out of these projects!

sorry about jacking the thread but it is still about the Dana 60.

446acuda
11-26-2012, 08:47 AM
Not trying to be picky but the Super 60 is a front Dana 60 used in F450/550's and others and has a bigger ring gear and other improvement over a normal 60. S-60 I believe stands for Strange 60 and uses regular 9.75 ring gear etc

orangejuice360
11-28-2012, 08:33 PM
Not trying to be picky but the Super 60 is a front Dana 60 used in F450/550's and others and has a bigger ring gear and other improvement over a normal 60. S-60 I believe stands for Strange 60 and uses regular 9.75 ring gear etc


This is where I was coming from... If the mother ship says my truck has one, I am not gonna doubt them...

http://www.drivesrt.com/assets/docs/ram-srt10/ramsrt10_specs.pdf

I think joe dokes and supershafts are pretty much spot on...

rcomet75
04-24-2013, 08:37 PM
Not trying to be picky but the Super 60 is a front Dana 60 used in F450/550's and others and has a bigger ring gear and other improvement over a normal 60. S-60 I believe stands for Strange 60 and uses regular 9.75 ring gear etc

You are correct Super Dana 60's are in F450 and F550 Ford trucks. They have 1/2" thick axle tubes and a 10" ring gear not a 9 3/4 gear and 3/8" thick axle tubes. A s60 from Strange has nothing to do with a Super Dana 60. The only other use of a Super Dana 60 (that I know of) is the rear end in a Viper Truck SRT10. These Dana 60's came with 10" ring gears but I am not sure of the axle tube thickness. Also gears are interchangeable between super and standard Dana 60s.

Supershafts
04-25-2013, 11:02 AM
Wait now i see the problem, asking truck questions on car forums, the SUPER Dana's are 2 diffs the 44 is 1, and the high pinion (HP) D-60 is also designated Super.

The D-60 S is a HP design for trucks, and is a front axle design to fix some inherent issue at the front, such as driveline angles and turning radius.

It does have heavier tubes and uses a larger diameter ring