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Dana 50 to Highpinion Dana 60

Will I need to cut my driveshaft for it to fit since the Dana 50 is a low pinion when i swap to a Dana 60 high pinion
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Re: Dana 50 to Highpinion Dana 60

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Just have to measure for the driveshaft after its all together then decide if the driveshaft has enough length to make up the difference
With the change from LP to HP the shaft length may change 1/2-1" or so usually there is enough wiggle room in the slip yoke to make up for a swap like this, but with any front axle conversion ALWAYS plan on driveshaft mods just to be safe

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Re: Dana 50 to Highpinion Dana 60

Do you have access to the Dana 60 driveshaft?

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Re: Dana 50 to Highpinion Dana 60

Your Dana 50 is also a high pinion. Ford hasn't used a low pinion front axle in their trucks since the early 70s.

The only reason that you might need the D60 front driveshaft is vibration. The length of the front driveshafts with the five speed is one that will tend to vibrate like crazy in 4WD at any speed above about 30mph. With the auto tranny the front shaft is longer and less likely to have vibration problems.

The D60 front shaft has a double cardan joint at the transfer case end, which eliminates vibrations at road speeds. It also requires a different front output yoke on the transfer case.

Notice the pinion is above the axle's centerline.
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I did not know that. Thanks for explaining that.

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Re: Dana 50 to Highpinion Dana 60

Some people seem to get away with using the D50 drive shaft on their D60. Mine would start to make noise at about 30 mph.

I replaced the front yoke as mentioned, and installed the D60 front drive shaft. I cannot tell whether my manual hubs are locked in or not even at highway speeds.

Using the D50 drive shaft is a workable short term solution, but in my experience, it is not a long term solution. I ran the D50 drive shaft for about a year as my bank account recovered from the D60 swap and I collected parts and replaced the U joints.

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