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E-body Dana into 71’ b-body for bigger wheels? #3175897
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So I came across a Dana 60 for an e-body and looking to put it into my 1971 Charger. I wanted to run a slightly narrow rearend so I could put bigger wheels in the back. I figure I could remove the stock mounts, add Cass’s (Dr Diff) rear spring relocation kit and make some decent tire space in there. The e-body is about 2in narrower than the -b-body, so I’m sure I can get some big tires under the back. Hope to try for 12in instead of just smashing a 10in wheel back there. Just wondering if someone has done this and if so, how big of a wheel, tires were you able to fit?

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Yes that works but you would probably be money ahead to sell the E body Dana to a collector and then buy a Strange S60 that is the correct width for your wheels and tire combination.

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I went the other way, put a B body dana in a E body. I was thinking the E body diff was wider than a B by about 2"? Anyway, with moving the springs some, I got a 10" wheel in there.

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You are correct, the E-body rear is wider than B-body rear. I did the same as you.


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According to the info below the E body axle is only just over 1 1/4" narrower than the '71 and newer B body one. If you could find a pre '71 B body axle you would be almost 3" narrower.

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The posters car is a 71 Charger. They are wider than an E body. The E body is wider than a pre 71 B body.
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Originally Posted by Harry's Taxi 2
You are correct, the E-body rear is wider than B-body rear. I did the same as you.


Guess i should have paid attention to the 1971 part


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The 70-71 B body dana is longer than an ebody and are rare. Less than 500 made. Only came in 440-6 and hemi 4-speed cars. My 70 Cuda had 1 in it when I bought it so I sold it to a member here that needed it for his hemi car and replaced it with a S-60.


If you you're going to go through the trouble of relocating the springs I'd sell the e-body and go with a pre 70 B-body Dana which is shorter and cheaper.

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Originally Posted by AndyF
Yes that works but you would probably be money ahead to sell the E body Dana to a collector and then buy a Strange S60 that is the correct width for your wheels and tire combination.


it's an aftermerket rearend.

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Originally Posted by second 70
The 70-71 B body dana is longer than an ebody and are rare. Less than 500 made. Only came in 440-6 and hemi 4-speed cars. My 70 Cuda had 1 in it when I bought it so I sold it to a member here that needed it for his hemi car and replaced it with a S-60.


If you you're going to go through the trouble of relocating the springs I'd sell the e-body and go with a pre 70 B-body Dana which is shorter and cheaper.


You could get dana 60 in 1970/72 440-4bbl cars too. The reason I was asking about this dana was that it was available and would be cheaper by $1100. It's aftermarket with race axles and ready to go. I was under the assumption the 1971 b-body rears were wider than the e-body rears. Was I wrong?

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Originally Posted by migsBIG
Originally Posted by AndyF
Yes that works but you would probably be money ahead to sell the E body Dana to a collector and then buy a Strange S60 that is the correct width for your wheels and tire combination.


it's an aftermerket rearend.


If it is an aftermarket rear end then you need to measure it since it could be any length.

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Originally Posted by AndyF
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Yes that works but you would probably be money ahead to sell the E body Dana to a collector and then buy a Strange S60 that is the correct width for your wheels and tire combination.


it's an aftermerket rearend.


If it is an aftermarket rear end then you need to measure it since it could be any length.

it's a Strange 60 built for a customers 1971cuda.

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Do you know how wide it is? Don't assume that it was made to stock width unless you've measured it.

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Strange S60 Complete. I Strange ever made a bad rearend, that would be, well strange. It was left over from a project build.

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The wheel/tire width will be limited by how much room you have.

Narrower/wider rear end won't help you in that respect. Would just change the offset. (to center whatever wheel/tire combo will fit)


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Originally Posted by INTMD8
The wheel/tire width will be limited by how much room you have.

Narrower/wider rear end won't help you in that respect. Would just change the offset. (to center whatever wheel/tire combo will fit)




Thank you, that's what I was originally thinking, but wanted to confirm. Thinking the Dr DIff )Cass) inboard kit would work nicely with this rear.
https://www.doctordiff.com/71-72-b-body-offset-spring-hanger-shackle-kit.html

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Originally Posted by Tig
According to the info below the E body axle is only just over 1 1/4" narrower than the '71 and newer B body one. If you could find a pre '71 B body axle you would be almost 3" narrower.

[Linked Image]


That shows all 62-70 B body 8-3/4 rears as the same width. Aren't 65-67 narrower? shruggy


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This will make ya think. One one rig I run a S60 wider then a 72 B body and adjusted the rim offset and its many times more stable feeling then a narrow rear with the same width rims.


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Originally Posted by migsBIG
Originally Posted by second 70
The 70-71 B body dana is longer than an ebody and are rare. Less than 500 made. Only came in 440-6 and hemi 4-speed cars. My 70 Cuda had 1 in it when I bought it so I sold it to a member here that needed it for his hemi car and replaced it with a S-60.


If you you're going to go through the trouble of relocating the springs I'd sell the e-body and go with a pre 70 B-body Dana which is shorter and cheaper.


You could get dana 60 in 1970/72 440-4bbl cars too. The reason I was asking about this dana was that it was available and would be cheaper by $1100. It's aftermarket with race axles and ready to go. I was under the assumption the 1971 b-body rears were wider than the e-body rears. Was I wrong?



No you're right the 71 is longer than an ebody. Hope this chart helps some of the dates aren't 100% right but it does show the longer tubes on a 71. 603222

dana 60 codes.jpg
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Originally Posted by slantzilla
Originally Posted by Tig
According to the info below the E body axle is only just over 1 1/4" narrower than the '71 and newer B body one. If you could find a pre '71 B body axle you would be almost 3" narrower.

[Linked Image]


That shows all 62-70 B body 8-3/4 rears as the same width. Aren't 65-67 narrower? shruggy



i'm almost positive the 65-66 rears are an inch or so narrower than the 68-70 rears.
i know for a fact the 66 rear i installed in my 64 belvedere post car was an inch plus narrower on each side than the original keyed axle rear was. also, i believe the 64 rear is wider than the 62/63 rears, but i don't know by how much.
that chart has been around for years, and has been complained about being wrong for as many years as it has been out there.
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