LockedDana 60 VS. Rockwell

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REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
2005/12/14 21:01:22
i have a chance to get a set of rockwells for a 1000 bucks or a whole 85 pick-up with 1-ton stuff under it for 1500 my qeustion is what would be better for a mud ride? rockwells or dana 60? Ground clearance? durability? i know d60 would be dang near a bolt
MuddinCoastie
Mud Master
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/14 21:10:22
Rockwells are nearly unbreakable. I have seen them break though.
They're also very low geared so that is a plus in the mud if you're running massive tires. You just have to find some wheels to bolt to them is all. The $1500 truck with d60's sounds like a pretty good deal, depending on the truck of course.
03Foreman450ES
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/14 21:56:17
What are you going to be doing with it?
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/14 21:56:23
It depends on what type of wheeling you plan to do. With the Rockwells, keep in mind that you will need at least 44's to go with the 6.72 gears. You also need to ask yourself if you really need the extra weight of the Rockwells. Dana 60's will be much lighter, give you more ground clearance, and still handle 44's behind big block power, (yeah, you're still gonna break things sometimes). However, a set of Rockwells for a grand would be hard to pass up if you've got the cash.



BTW, is the donor truck a Ford or Chevy. Reguardless, both should have a 60 front with the Chevy having a 14bolt rear and the Ford either having a Sterling or a Dana70.

Later.
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/15 06:59:00
mudboggin is what i do and its a chevrolet
13
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/15 08:29:46
what size tires do you wanna run
gotmuddy
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/15 09:54:34
Rockwells are wider, require work to actually use them, and unless you plan on running 44" tires or bigger...well I would go with the d60/14bolt truck for $1500. If it has a sm465/np205 then it will be a godly mud truck.
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/15 17:30:10
its a turbo 400 with a 208 (208's are weaker but geared better than a 205) i plan on tryin out the 49 iroks but im sure i wont like them and go to 44 boggers, i will update the axles to chromoly shafts though, i have a nice 454 thats just waitn' for a home
gotmuddy
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/15 22:01:54
I suggest ditching the chaindriven np208 for a np205. If you really want the lower gearing(which you really dont need for mudding) run a np203/np205 doubler kit.
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/17 09:26:47
yea ive considered that kit, where do i get it and what does it consist of? also im movin the motor/body 8 inches back so i dont want the drivehsaft to be too short
DIRTYLILMAN
Mud Bogger
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/17 19:00:46
Buy both and sell what you dont want on ebay, you should make a good chunk of change at those prices.
gotmuddy
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/17 23:29:54
Rockwells are really heavy, but really strong. You can dump ALOT of cash in d60's. The 14 bolt will be fine with new gears alone tho.
bobbypantera
Mud Master
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/18 01:16:33
YOU WILL BREAK A 1 TONS WITH 49's....

but 44" boggers, with that big block, the 208, turbo 400, would go as long as you suffed the 1 ton diff's with 5.13 gears and detroits....
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/18 08:53:36
You will not like the iroks at all. If u break a 1 tonw ith 49's it's because of weight not aggression. Iroks do horribly in mud i'd rahter have some 44 swampers than iroks.
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/18 17:38:29
well i just picked up the 1-ton truck, he had plenty of rockwells but i wanted the 1-ton frame and the tranny and transfer case, i sat there and went crazy trying to decide between the two. he had another one ton and PLENTY of rockwells and some 5 tons, he had a different type 2 1/2 tons with a tranfer case for 500 but i didnt want to run a divorced transfer case (front axle is opposite rotation so you have to use transfer case) i am going to shortin the frame and run an s-10 body
gotmuddy
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/19 00:15:22
If you run a s-10 body...dont let the frame show. Man that looks ugly when someone just throws it on there and the whole frame is showing.
03Foreman450ES
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/19 00:41:43
Did it not have a body on it?
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/19 17:21:46
yes it has a body but in ROUGH shape, and gotmuddy im not going to "rig" anything
03Foreman450ES
Respected Member
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/19 18:17:31
I would just cut some fenders out of it and go.

How is the frame?
REBELRIDER
Mud Pro
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/19 19:24:39
i have been all under the frame and its in great shape, i could run the cab/front clip but would need a short bed because i am shortening the frame. i could easily put the axles under my blazer or my 84' chevrolet 4x4 but i want to make this an all out rig so i want the bigger frame
mud2501
Mud Master
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/20 17:33:57
advanceadaptors.com has the doubler kit your looking for
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/22 19:22:27
Quote:

You will not like the iroks at all. If u break a 1 tonw ith 49's it's because of weight not aggression. Iroks do horribly in mud i'd rahter have some 44 swampers than iroks.




I beg to differ. I know two people with Iroks,(36's and 39.5's) and I've driven them on several occasions. From my experience they do extremely well in many different types of mud. They last big mud tire shootout I read actually rated the Iroks as high or higher than Boggers.
bobbypantera
Mud Master
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/22 23:37:18
dunno, ill ask chris, he has had both sets of tires
that is, .. the 49 iroks, and the 44" boggers
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2005/12/24 10:02:39
When i said that about the iroks i ment 49's. The 36's and 39.5's might be alright but the 49's are way too wide. I rate 44 swampers over 49 inch iroks well. Talk to honda407 on here. He has a set of 44 swampers and 49 iroks. After running the 49 inch iroks in the local bog he clamed he didn't like them at all and went back to 44 swampers. They are just too wide.
MOG
Trail Rider
Re: Dana 60 VS. Rockwell 2006/01/02 17:54:07
for a real good doubler adapter call Casey at wagoner machine shop in Haskell ok they build all kinds of adapters and they are steel. I have had aluminum adapters break in the past. there is a 47" ltb tire coming out from interco, don't know when though. The 49's will break some axles so stepping down is a good choice. Casey told me of a guy they run with that breaks rockwells with his 49's