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Ram Front Axle Specs
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Ram Front Axle Chart
Model
4X4 Front Axle
GAWR
Spring Capacity  
4X2 GAWR
Spring Capacity
Ramcharger/W150/250 to 1993  Dana 44  8.5"
?
   
?
 
250HD/diesel 1989-1993 Dana 60  9.75"
4500
4,500  
4000
4,000
350 1989-1993 Dana 60  9.75"
4500
4,500  
4000
4,000
BR1500  Dana 44  8.5"
3850
   
3650
 
BR2500  1994-1995 (LD) Dana 44  8.5"
3850
   
3650
 
BR2500HD V8 Dana 60 9.75"
4850
   
4500
 
BR2500HD 1994-1999 Dana 60 9.75"
4850
   
4500
 
BR3500 1994-1999 Dana 60 9.75"
4850
   
4500**
 
BR2500HD 2000+ Dana 60 9.75"
5200
   
4500
 
BR3500 2000+ Dana 60 9.75"
5200
   
4500**
 
** 4850 with 3500 chassis cab

 

94+ Front Axle Specs
Axle Model
Dana 44 (216)
Dana 60 (248FBI)
Used In:
94+ Ram 1500
94+ Ram- 2500, 3500
Axle Type
............................................Hypoid
............................................Hypoid
Axle Tube Thickness
0..39"
0.50"
Lubricant Specified
Thermal Stable SAE 80W-90 GL5 
Thermal Stable SAE 80W-90 GL5 
Lube Capacity
4.8 pints ( 2.28 L )
7.8 pts. (3.6 L )
Axle Ratio Options
3.54, 3.92, 4.09
3.54, 4.09
Carrier Split
3.73 and down, 3.92 and up 
4.10 and down, 4.56 and up 
Ring Gear
Diameter 
Backlash 
..
8.50 in. ( 215.9 mm ) 
0.004- 0.009 in. (0.10-0.23mm) 
..
9.75 in. ( 247.7 mm ) 
0.004- 0.009 in. (0.10-0.23 mm) 
Axle Shafts
30 Spline, 1.31" diameter (inner)
1.34" (outer)
30 Spline, 1.31" diameter (inner)
1.34" (outer) (a)
Axle spline pitch 1.25" 1.5"
Axle Shaft material
Low carbon Alloy
Low carbon Alloy
Crossjoints  
Chrysler 7290, 1.125" Cup, 2.625" Cross
Pinion mount Overhung Overhung
Pinion shaft diameter 1.376" at inner bearing
1.35" at outer bearing
1.63" at inner bearing
1.25" at outer bearing
Pinion Standard Setting 
4.312 in. ( 109.5 mm ) 
5.000 in. ( 127.0 mm ) 
Pinion Bearing Preload
Original Bearing 
New Bearing 
...
10- 20 in. lbs. ( 1-2 N.m ) 
20- 40 in. lbs ( 2.3-4.5 N.m ) 
...
10- 20 in. lbs. ( 1- 3 N.m ) 
20- 40 in. lbs ( 2.3 - 5 N.m ) 

(a) 1998+ uses a 32 spline inner axle

 
Dodge Front axle Dana Bill of Materials #
Truck Year     1500 w/ D44 2500 LD w/ D44 2500 HD w/ D60 3500 w/ D60
1994-94.5 610422, 610424  610423, 610425  610426, 610440  610428
1995 610514 610515    
1995-95.5 610537 610538 610539 610540
1995-96.5 610512 610513    
1995-96     610518 610517
1996 610602, 610612 610603, 610613 610604 610605
1996.5 610614 610615 610616, 610617 610618, 610619 
1997-97.5 610631, 610633 610632, 610634    
1997     610635, 610636 610637, 610638
1997.5     610738, 610739 610729, 610730
1998-98.5 610715, 610717   610719 610720, 610722, 610723 

 

Front axle traction aids are limited because one axle shaft is permanently engaged in 2WD. The ARB Air Locker is the best choice for either axle. The TrueTrac is available for the Dana 44 used in the 1500 trucks, and one person has used it successfully.

Several people tried the LockRight in the front axle and reported numerous problems. I don't recommend any type of automatic locker in a front axle Center Axle Disconnect system.

 


Dana Axle Tag decoding

Subject:      Re: [RAM] Decode for rearend id tags
Date:          Wed, 8 Apr 1998 00:44:01 EDT
From:         Drdonnelly <Drdonnelly@aol.com>
To:             ramtruck

On my 95 and 97 2500s, the diff tags are about 5" long, made of aluminum and
go between two cover bolts.  The top 8 digit number is the axle assy part
number.  Under that number is the ratio on the left, and then the "bill of
materials" number that is used as an identifier to order parts from Dana, etc.

 


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