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How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

I got mine from Mountian Drivelines in Show Low Az. about 2 years ago and its shot. "Dick" said if it lasted 2 years it must have been a good one. He'll rebuild it for $80 and Tom Woods wants $300 for a new one. Being poor I have to go with the $80 for now. How long is yours lasting?
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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

Umm 2 years?? did you not grease it the entire time??
Mines been on there since before I got the Jeep and I KNOW it's been way OVER 2 years...

What exactly is broke on yours????
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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

It got grease about every 4 to 6 months or so. When I pulled it out the other day I noticed one of the zerks was missing, I'm sure that didn't help. I could see the ball between the joints, I'm sure it had a seal or boot of some kind over at one time. The ujoints all seem fine. Shakes like a cheap vibrator now. [img]images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

I dunno, 2 years doesn't seem like a long time unless you're running EXTREME angles or something of the sort.
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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

I believe you can just buy a separate complete Spicer CV joint that matches the one you have in there. I would consider replacing or rebuilding the entire shaft if the sliding yoke is worn out and wobbly or the shaft is bent.... but not for a worn out CV joint.

Those CVs are used commonly in vehicle applications and last years and years under normal use.

I would skip the shop you used originally -- it sounds like you got sold a shaft with some cheap joints.

I believe that CV is the same one used in XJ front axles and quite a few normal applications -- I would think you could get a replacement joint at your local auto parts store.

Just be sure you get the real deal -- replace those joints with real Spicer components and keep them greased.

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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

I don't know if it is the same as a chevy front cv shaft (maybe?). They are rebuildable yourself it is just more of a pain to get the ujoints out ( I did mine and rode it for over a year before I sold the t-case with no problems). There is a little ball and cap part too but surely that stuff is available... Three cheapo u-joints at 13 a piece would be about $40. If you want spicer I would guess about $20 a piece and if he the guy that quoted you $80 is going to use spicer that is probably not a terrible price.

2 years isn't too bad on u-joints if a jeep is wheeled hard and you are running a high angle... On a street vehicle I have seen them last 300k miles.... I generally replace mine every year so it is one less thing to worry about breaking on the trail, but I don't use spicer I use the ungreaseable el-cheapos. I wouldn't recommend the greasable, that is just a hole for dust and water to get in and the zerks break off all the time and eliminate the ability to grease them anyhow...
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Re: How long is your CV driveshaft lasting?

I had nothing but problems with cv shafts on my CJ5, broke two in a few trips, went back to a standard shaft, had some vibration, but it didn't break.
The front cv shaft on my Suburban has held up for many years with regular greasing.
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