Join Date: May 2002
Location: College Station , TX
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Re: Make my own driveshafts???
Well, the weekend before a big trip I decided to go wheelin and twisted the rear shaft. So the night before I was to leave I cut out the twisted portion, slipped a 2" sch40 pipe over what was left, lined up the joints and tacked it together. Then I mounted it up in jeep with rear tires off ground and spun it and beat it with hammer untill it was straight and welded it. Then I started it up and spun tires to check for vibrations and it had some. So I got a 3/8" rod about 2" long and hose clamped it to the shaft. Moved it around untill vibrations stopped and welded it on. My testing method showed its good untill about 90mph, a speed which the jeep will never go. Works great, no vibrations. Also a very strong shaft. I've dropped about the entire weight of jeep on it and spun it a few times, ran it into ledges, etc. Couldn't do that with a standard .095" wall driveshaft. My front shaft is the stock one cut in half and sleeved with 1 1/4" sch40 pipe, no effort was made to make it straight as I don't go fast enough in 4wd to matter.
The standard travel slip yokes work unless you have a reverse shackled front, in which case you could use square tubing for that.