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Old 12-10-2006, 04:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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E350 Axle Identification

Hello,
I'm trying to figure out the specific axle I've got on my 95 E350 and, well, I can't.

There doesn't seem to be a Bill Of Material number *anywhere* to be found, and I've checked 3 times with flashlight.

I found '60-ISU' on the top on both sides facing front, 42853 on bottom driver's side facing rear, and 509S on the bottom driver's side facing forward. None of these show up as anything here or on dana's site. I thought the BOM was on the actual axle tubing but there is NOTHING there. What gives!?

I'm assuming it's a Dana 60 (it does indeed have 10 bolts). But how many splines? And does (did) it have a limited slip? Dana's site has something like 10 things that could be construed as '95 E350 so its not helping me too much...

Axle code of 39 from the door jam leads me to believe 3.55 gears, but doesn't specify locking or not.

I'm looking to stick in a limited slip (probaby truetrac) but wanna know what exactly I've got in there...

Anyone have some hints?

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Old 12-10-2006, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: E350 Axle Identification

Limited slip in a van would be rare unless it was ordered as an ambulance or other fleet vehicle.

If the tag is missing from the rear cover bolts, then the simplest way to determine LS or not is to jack up the rear and turn one wheel. If the other wheel turns in the same direction, it's LS, if it turns in the opposite direction or doesn't turn, it's an open differential.

If you DO have a tag, it will have the axle ratio. 3.55 is open, 3L55 is limited slip.

Just pull an axle shaft to check the spline count. 8 small bolts and it slides right out. Jack up that side to minimize oil loss.
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: E350 Axle Identification

This was true in 2003. Might or might not work for your '95.

19 3.55 ratio, non-limited slip (Visteon)
22 4.10 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
24 3.73 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
32 4.10 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
34 3.73 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
35 4.09 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
39 3.55 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
52 4.10 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana), dual rear wheels
56 4.10 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
82 4.10 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
83 4.56 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
84 4.88 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
85 5.38 ratio, non-limited slip (Dana)
B4 3.73 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
C2 4.10 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
B2 4.10 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
C4 3.73 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
C9 3.55 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
E2 4.10 ratio, limited slip (Dana), dual rear wheels
E6 4.10 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
G4 4.88 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
G5 5.38 ratio, limited slip (Dana)
H9 3.55 ratio, limited slip (Visteon)
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Re: E350 Axle Identification

Up to 94 the open 3.54 was standard. There was only one axle option (C5) and that got you the 4.09 with L/S. Spline count was 30. Sometime after that the spline count went to 32 with a slightly larger shaft. Not sure if that was 95,96, or 97. It is a D60 but you will have to pull one shaft to count.
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Re: E350 Axle Identification

Cool. So to pull the shaft I remove the wheel + drum and undo those 8 bolts and just pull? Any gotcha's I should be aware of before? Any particularly special way to put it back in or juts shove it in the way it came out? Sounds pretty straight-foward...

Based on my observations here I'd say it's gotta be D60 3.55 ratio Non slip. Just need that spline count!

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You don't need to remove the wheel. You don't even have to jack it up if you mark it so that it goes back in the same exact position. It is easier to jack it up so that less oil runs out and you can rotate the wheel/hub upon assembly. Don't plan on reusing the metal/rubber "Axle Flange Gasket" . Fel-Pro makes a good one #55328 for about $3. Even if you are going back in soon, it is worth the $3 every time the axle shaft is removed.
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Re: E350 Axle Identification

If I don't jack it up and remove the wheel, how do I pull the axle shaft out? I'm assuing the splines I've got to count are inside where the axle contacts the gearing of the diff, right?

I guess I haven't looked at it recently... are the axle bolts accessible inside the rim with the wheel still attached? And the weight of the van is not on the axle itself?

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Re: E350 Axle Identification

You have a full floater axle. The axle shaft does nothing other than transmit torque. There is zero weight on it. The weight is carried by the opposed tapered roller bearings inside the hub.

The only reason to jack up is to reduce the oil that will run out.

Also when you go to reinsert the axle shaft, when it is almost all the way in you need to tilt the shaft up a little to get the inside end up to fit into the differential splines.
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