For muscle cars, the popular choices in rear ends during the classic muscle era boiled down to the Dana 60, the GM 12-bolt, and the Ford 9-inch. Each had its fan base with pros and cons, but the Dana 60 was well respected for its strength. They were also renowned for the scarcity. Easily identifiable by the “60” cast in the housing, gear heads search high and low for these units because they could easily handle larger tires and deeper gear ratios.
The problem with locating these rear ends has virtually been eliminated in modern times as Strange Engineering offers a full line of their own version of the heavy-duty, bolt-in rear end assemblies for almost any application imaginable.
For higher performance street cars, Strange Engineering’s S60 (Their reimagined version of the Dana 60), is a great choice. Strange has engineered extra material under the main caps for extra-strength in an area that was identified as potentially weaker under higher loads. Most Dana fans felt a need to install billet caps to help in that area. With the Strange unit, billet isn’t necessary.
Strange also welds their axle tubes into the housing where the original Dana units were simply pressed in. Again, this is done for strength and reliability. In a time where higher horsepower crate engines can easily be dropped in, it pays to have some extra strength throughout the driveline.
Strange has built a Dana 60 style rearend that had all the adjustability features of a Ford 9-inch with side carrier adjusters that eliminate the need for shims. Plus, it is even more bullet-proof.
For more information on Strange Engineering’s S60 rearends, visit them online at www.strangeengineering.net.