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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-20-2006, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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Pulling axles

Which axles work the best for pulling? Obviously the Dana 80 would be the prime choice, but how would a Dana 70, a Sterling 10.5, or a 14 bolt hold up? What mods can be done to each to make them a durable, trouble free axle? SRW Dana 80's are kinda hard to find for a decent price. Thanks.

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put a 2 1/2 ton rockwell under it u shouldnt have any problems with that axle :Thumbup: i know down where i live here in florida theres a couple of those rockwells for sale
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Actually an 11.5" AAM from a Dodge 2500/3500 2003 and up would be ideal.
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My only concern with the rockwell is that it would be too wide. I don't really want tires sticking way out there. What is the difference between the 11.5" AAM and the 11.5" Dana 80? All I know is that they are made by different people?

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Is this for a dedicated puller? If so what class? 2 tons are ideal but not in a street legal class. If it is not a streetable truck then you can just build some wheels with the correct backspacing for 2 tons like we did on our twd. If you are still driving on the street I would look for a 60 or 70 front and a 14 bolt rear.
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Not a dedicated puller. More of a high horsepower/torque family cruiser and tow rig with an a few pulls a year on it. It has a 60 up front, but I've never actually heard about how strong the 14b is.

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The 11.5" AAM is much stouter than a Dana 80 in stock form.
The Dana 80 has a smaller 11.3" ring gear.

I encourage you to go out and check out an older Dodge dually or manual rear end and then go check out a new 3rd gen rear end......You'll see what I am talking about.

I have over 30 hooks on my axles.....no problems yet (knock on wood!).
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over 100 hooks on a open carrierd dana 80
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over 35 hooks on my dana 80 and geting up around 300 1/4 mile passes
no issues
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a dodge dana 80 is the easyiest way to keep the wheels under your truck,I just did it to mine. the ford has a 45" center to center pin and the dodge is 43.5 center to center so that is all you need to do is relocate the perch ( and shock mounts.) the brakes will hook up and so will the speed censor.
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