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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Dana 60

    I have a Dana60 in a 69 Camaro w/ 488's. I want to change to 411 or 373 (more street use than strip). I have never done a R&P. Does the Dana60 have a carrier or 3rd member sytle? I think it would be great if I could have a 488 & 373 set up instead of having to change the R&P. I would apprecaite any opinions & feed back on this job I have never attempted... I am sure there are many "do's & don'ts"... but I really should start learning about gears/axles/blah blah blah... I am sure with my luck, I will eventually break it anyways. Thanks everyone.

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    Senior Member MASTER BUILDER
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Port Sulphur, La.

    Dana 60

    Ive ran the same Dana under 5 different cars and used everthing from a 4.11 to a 6.17. I guess You call it a carrier type. Ive used all Richmond gears and they all set up within a couple thousands of each other. I just bought a new pinion bearing for every new gear set and left them on. 2nd I set mine up putting the shims behind the race, not behind the pinion bearing as some do. Swapped out ratios by just installing the old pinion, and the carrier bearings were even close enough without changing side shims. No failures, even Katrina couldnt kill it. Good Luck :lol: P.S. If You have a 4 series chunk, I dont think You will be able to use the 3.73s, if You have a 3 series, You may or may not need a spacer for the 4.11s :wink:

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    Senior Member EXPERT BUILDER
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    dana's are a little different to do than a 10 or 12 bolt & even a 9",but its the same perinsible. best think i could tell to do is get a book( or on the net) on setting up isn't rocket science but you can mess some stuff up and waste time and money if you don't know what your doing.alot of time you can find local guys to set one up for $150.00 or $200.00 but if at all possible do it your self you'll have more pride it at the very least 8) .good luck.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    san antonio, texas
    my first differential was a 10 blt rebuilt with help from a video from
    Richmond gear, they cover all differentials once you understand how it
    works and what is more likely to fail, gives torque specs, race/bearing
    replacement, good video to have, or a service manual from the manufacture, for that year of vehicle with that dana in it, the ones
    in the part stores don't realy show much. richmond gear or strange
    has parts to beef up the bazooka, good luck :wink:

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