: ford sterling vs. dodge dana 80

12-11-2009, 06:45 PM
Hi I have been doing alot of reading. This what I have a 94 Ford f350 crew cab Ive stripped it to bare frame Blasted and primered I have 2 rear options and would like input on which way to go option 1 94 ford sterling option 2 ,02 dodge dana 80 with disc brakes questions im haveing are speedo sensor etc for the power plant i have a 01 24v with the 6spd and transfer case any input would be appecriated thanks

12-12-2009, 12:13 PM
well they are both 35 spline if I remember correctly.. The sterling is drum brakes while the 80 is disk. I would do move the spring perches on the 80 and run that. I am running a sterling only because it had an ARB in it when I bought it and I converted it to disk. Good luck

12-13-2009, 11:19 AM
The axles and wheel bearings are the same size. The 80 has discs while the sterling has drums. The 80 has a larger pinion, ring gear and pinion bearings. I don't know if the tone rings in the axles put out the same frequency. You may have to open them up and count teeth.

The sterling is already in there and not really a bad unit at all. They're pretty tough, common and easy to replace if you do break it.

Maybe keep the 80 around in case you do break the sterling. If it takes what you throw at it you can sell the 80 for some extra cash.

12-13-2009, 08:23 PM
I know the sensor on the housing of a ford d80 is the same as the sterling, id assume the dodge sensor would be the same? I dont know.

smokn bio
12-13-2009, 08:28 PM
I prefer the dana 80 blown up both style rear ends but found the Dana much cheaper to rebuild. and the sterling have had two that when they went bad wrecked and spread the case. JMO but yes they are both good axles

01-20-2010, 12:15 PM
Sterlings are very strong axles, however the dana 80 is superior IMO. Is the dana 80 and dually axle? If not did it come from a 2500 with a 6-speed? The 6-speeds came with a dana 80 center with dana 70 outers and the autos came with dana 70s not dana 80s. If the axle is a true dually dana 80 then it should be 37 spline not 35. Also the ring gear is 11.5in instead of 10.25 or 10.5 like in the sterling. Another reason I would choose the dana 80 is after market parts. Sterlings are not used much, thus parts like lockers can be more expensive for them

01-20-2010, 12:17 PM
also discs are a plus:grinpimp:

02-06-2010, 07:23 PM
It is a true dana 80 out of a 01 3500 5.9 6 spd i havethe enginetranny and transfer case out of the same truck was wrecked with 35,000 miles on it and has been stored inside and picked over for parts every since

02-07-2010, 09:21 AM
The 94 Ford F350 CC is it a DRW or SRW?
What are your plans for this truck, such as power level, tire size, intended use?
Chances are unless you have some extraordinary power levels or usage the Sterling will be just fine.

02-07-2010, 11:23 AM
d80s came with the 5 speeds as well. i believe even the duallys were 35 spline on the 2500/3500s. His may be disk if it was a late model 01. The 94-early 01 d80's used drum brakes. the 37 splines ive seen were in the f350/450 duallys.