These are some of the ‘jewels’ of this build. While likely overkill for what I’ll wind up doing with this rig, I at least won’t have to worry (much) about something failing in one of them.
The Dana 60 is a leftover from the Ranger part out. It had about 50,000 miles put on it since it was installed in that truck. It was built with 4.88’s, Spartan locker, high steer, and the typical GM steering setup. You can read about its original build here (Click Me) and the Reid knuckle upgrade here (Click Me).
The 14 bolt was installed in the Ranger at the same time the D60 was. Just your typical setup with ’77 K20 disc brakes, Yukon locker, and 4.88’s as well. You can read about that original build here (Click Me).
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After doing this to the stock Ford Knuckle:
So I pulled this off:
Slapped it next to the new knuckles (quite a bit more beefy):
I wound up having to grind on my new knuckle to make the brake bracket fit correctly. Kind of disappointed that I had to do that, but not a big deal to get it done:
One side done:
Now everything is much happier! The Reid knuckles use a lower point for where the tie rod sits (stock Chevy location) which will make it much easier to get the hydro assist done now (once I have the cash to do so).
It’s hard to tell, but I think the Reid’s also correct the camber issue that the Ford knuckles had. I haven’t measured it, but by the eye, it looks like it might have corrected the 2° camber I had with the stock knuckles. All and all, I’m happy with them and expect them to last a long time.