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Dana 60 vs. GM 14-Bolt Axles

Posted in How To: Transmission Drivetrain on February 1, 1999
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Enough already. Everywhere we go, we hear the same argument: The Dana 60 is the best rear axle. No, the GM Corporate 14-bolt is best. My full-floater can whip your full-floater. Like to see you try. Fine, let's hit the trail!

We talked with axle experts all over the country, including those who make, sell, repair, and build up axles, and those who supply aftermarket parts such as lockers, gears, and upgraded axleshafts. We tried to stick to the facts, just the facts, but it wasn't always easy because brand loyalty is fierce even when it comes to axles. Dana 60 rears have served under Dodges, Fords, GMs, Internationals, and Jeeps. GM Corporate 14-bolts, of course, came from the factory only in Chevys and GMCs.

We'll try to separate the beef from the fat axlewise, starting with a couple of general descriptions and then a comparison of the axles component by component. Hopefully, you'll be able to weigh the pros and cons of both the 60 and the 14-bolt for yourself and pick your own king of the hill.

Ratio 60 14-bolt
3.00-3.08 no no
3.21-3.33 no yes
3.42-3.45 no yes
3.50-3.55 yes no
3.70-3.73 yes yes
3.89-3.92 no no
4.09-4.11 yes yes
4.56-4.57 yes yes
4.86-4.89 yes yes
5.13-5.14 yes yes
5.29-5.38 yes no
5.86-5.89 yes no
6.00-6.50 yes no
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Sources

Off Road Unlimited (Burbank)
Burbank, CA 92504
818-848-2020
www.offroadunlimited.com
Spicer (Dana Aftermarket Group)
Toledo, OH
800-621-8084
SpicerParts.com
Moser Engineering
Portland, IN 47371
260-726-6689
www.moserengineering.com
Boyce Equipment
Ogden, UT 84401
800-748-4269
www.boyceequipment.com
Dynatrac Products, Inc.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-596-4461
www.dynatrac.com
Drive Train Specialists
877-874-7327
http://www.drivetrainspecialists.com
Reider Racing
877-465-5729
http://www.reiderracing.com
T.S.M
Castle Rock, CO 80104
303-688-6882
http://www.tsmmfg.com

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