They CAN be stout..if you bore the spindles and go with aftermarket 35-spline axles..just finished up a set last night in fact and am getting ready to do another D60 the same. The stock 30-spline D60 axles are about same strength as 9" 31-spline stock axles and little strength difference in center section between the two either..Really, i had always thought they were more stout. i'm running 38.5 x14.5 swampers and it seems everyone wants 8 lug.
I run D60s in just about all of my rigs..upgraded to 35-spline where I'm needing that. I ended up with piles of them so that is waht I use. The full-floater aspect is, to me, a very good feature. All I was pointing out - and as Ox reinforced - is that the the D60 stock axles are not stronger than those in a Ford 9. Of course, when you break the axle in a 9", you have bigger problems compared to breaking one in the D60, thanks to the full-float design.so this makes very little sense to me that you guys are putting a D60 and a 9" so close together in the strength department. For one thing, the 60 is already a full floater, which if you are going to wheel it and break and axle shaft, is a true blessing. Secondly, 9s are very similar to 8.8s in terms of strength. The 8.8 has a couple of weak points that the 9 doesnt have, but the actual axle shafts themselves and the differential are quite comparable. The D60 is a one ton axle, and its a lot stronger than an 8.8, and a 9, i would go with it hands down... why not, its free.
No, the diff's are quite different with the 9" having tremendous contactThe 8.8 has a couple of weak points that the 9 doesnt have, but the actual axle shafts themselves and the differential are quite comparable. The D60 is a one ton axle, and its a lot stronger than an 8.8, and a 9, i would go with it hands down... why not, its free.
Nope, a D60 rear axle is stock in 4WD 1 tons until the 10.25 came out. Only 2WD got D70's (and possibly some 4WD diesels). Some got D61's in the early 80s'.Nope. A D60 rear is a 3/4 ton axle. That aside, it is a better option than a 9" for the reasons already stated, mainly being a full floater. Also, isn't the ring gear and pinion bigger/more stout than a 9", too?