13. Please notice the right-side bearing cap on this Dana 60. On certain applications, you'll have to grind out spot for the ARB's air line to pass from the air collar to the axlehousing. And please remember that bearing caps are housing-specific and you can't mix and match.13. Please notice the right-side bearing cap on this Dana 60. On certain applications, you How Did Matilda Work? Honestly, it's just a ton of fun to drive this big Cherokee around. On the freeway, it held 75 mph nicely, and the new Offroad Design-PSC-Reid Racing steering combo kept it manageable even in tight lanes. And we really have to hand it to Pit Bull: before now, we'd never even have dreamed of driving a bias-ply tire regularly, much less a 47-inch bias-ply tire! The big Growlers rolled down the road with relative ease and there wasn't too much noise coming off of them. In the mud they cleared out easily with a little throttle, but we found some horrendously sticky clay that gummed up even these 47s. 14. We didn't just use Superior ring-and-pinion and install kits; we also used one of their killer forged Dana 60 1350 yokes for our front end. Standard 1350 Dana 60 yokes are notorious for being overly weak these days, so spending a little extra ($120) on a forged yoke didn't seem like a bad idea.14. We didn't just use Superior ring-and-pinion and install kits; we also used one of thei What Kind of Coin Does It Take? How much does it cost to add 47-inch tires to your 4x4? Take a look at our breakdown. And remember that we were starting with partially-built truck-it already had a high-horsepower 401ci engine, a built 727 tranny, a Dana 300 transfer case, Deaver leaf springs, and some willing participants to do the labor. Don't forget the cost of labor! We could probably double this price tag had we paid someone for all this work instead of doing it ourselves. Front Axle Build Bare Dana 60 surplus housing $200 Sandblasting the housing $125 Knuckles turned, housing cut by Dynatrac $695 Parts Mike used caliper brackets $130 ORD draglink and tie rod $370 ORD steering arm $150 ORD pitman arm $70 Reid Racing kingpin knuckles $520 ARP five-stud knuckle kit $40 ARB air locker $780 Superior 5.13:1 ring & pinion $220 Superior install kit $160 Superior Evolution USA 35-spline axle set $1,075 Superior 5-806X axle U-joints $80 Superior forged Dana 60 1350 yoke $120 Dynatrac spindles (pair) $240 Dynatrac hubs (pair) $450 Dynatrac kingpin kits, spindle studs, nuts $160 Bearings $100 Brake calipers and rotors $220 Total front Dana 60 cost $5,905 Rear Axle Build 14 Bolt complete axle $200 ARB air locker $800 Superior 5.13:1 ring & pinion $275 Superior install kit $150 Spring perches $40 Total rear 14 Bolt cost $1,465 15. Axleshafts were our second splurge point. With all the offshore axles coming into our country and the United States now being more than 80-percent service industry, buying some American-made 35-spline Superior Evolution chromoly axleshafts seemed like the right type of thing to spend some extra cash on. We always want to support the few American manufacturers we have left.15. Axleshafts were our second splurge point. With all the offshore axles coming into our 16. We got a full set (four axles) of inner and outer Evolution shafts for the front Dana 60. With 35 splines at the differential side and the hub side, we got a very strong (but also readily available) axle set that we could replace easily since we stayed with standard Chevy Dana 60 lengths on everything.16. We got a full set (four axles) of inner and outer Evolution shafts for the front Dana 17.With the axleshafts in, we bolted the Dynatrac spindles on and installed the hubs and new disc brake rotors that we ordered new from our local parts store (along with loaded calipers). The real son-of-a-gun in this axle build was the caliper brackets. Every single other part of this axle build could be gotten new. But no one make aftermarket caliper brackets, so all you can do is search for used ones. We found ours through Parts Mike. They were rustier and cost more than we wanted (hey, they were used!), but Parts Mike was still selling them cheaper than a lot of other parts shops.17.With the axleshafts in, we bolted the Dynatrac spindles on and installed the hubs and n 18. With the front Dana 60 axle together and almost complete, it was time to stick on our 35-spline Mile Marker Dana 60 locking hubs. They install by simply sliding the body assembly into the hub and onto the stub shaft. With these Mile Marker hubs, we weren't required to used snap rings on the ends of the stub shafts (which is good since we forgot to get some). A lock ring is used to keep the Mile Marker hub body in place. The cap is held on by six allen screws.18. With the front Dana 60 axle together and almost complete, it was time to stick on our 19. Though PSC Motorsports has hydraulic line readily available for their steering kits, we forgot to order any since we were using a hydraulic ram that a colleague had leftover in his garage. For same-day service we went to see Hugo at Metro Fluid Connections to get just about the sweetest hydraulic hoses we've ever bought. They even made us up some new longer brake lines on the spot, too. On a side note, we found out something cool about Metro-they have a store in Tijuana, too. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but try being an off-road racer needing to fix a hose coupler during the Baja 1000....19. Though PSC Motorsports has hydraulic line readily available for their steering kits, w 20. By the time the final night rolled around, it was just a crew of two of us. LG stood up top and plumbed the new Metro steering lines to the factory steering pump. This was the only part of the build that I felt uneasy about-we were still using a stock steering pump to power hydroboost brakes, power steering, and a steering-assist ram. After running it for the last few weeks, though, it seems to be operating just fine.20. By the time the final night rolled around, it was just a crew of two of us. LG stood u 21.On the lower side, we got the Metro lines attached to our PSC-modified steering box and down to our PSC ram. The PSC ram would be a great help to the Offroad Design steering gear for pushing around the 47-inch tires.21.On the lower side, we got the Metro lines attached to our PSC-modified steering box and 22. The best way you can mount your PSC ram is on the same plane that your steering tie rod is in. By placing the PSC ram directly in between the axlehousing and the Offroad Design tie rod, we were able to keep all steering motion on the same plane.22. The best way you can mount your PSC ram is on the same plane that your steering tie ro On the ORD tie rod, we welded on two tabs for double shear strength for the shaft end of the PSC hydraulic ram.On the ORD tie rod, we welded on two tabs for double shear strength for the shaft end of t « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | View Full Article By Jerrod Jones Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!