We understand why Ford chose equip it's trucks with the twin I-beam suspension. It's supposed to improve ride quality and vehicle handling. For the heavy duty series, our personal opinion is that any truck over 8,500gvw should come equipped with a solid monobeam front axle. Therefore we have decided to upgrade Project Responder from the uneaven tire wearing IFS to a bullet proof Dana 60.
We are extremely fortunate to have a master transmission and axle mechanic in the metro area, James Schiele & Sons in Afton, MO. Jim Schiele is the same gentleman who supplied our transfer case. With Jim's recomendation, we contacted a firm in northeastern Missouri, that had two dana 60 axles available. The axle was delivered directly to James' shop to be completely rebuilt and restored including replacing all the seals and the ball joints.