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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2001, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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How much diveline work should cost?

I've called a local driveline shop about lengthening my front driveshaft and they charge $200 for the job. Is this a normal price? Is there another shop that you recommend (even if I have to ship it) that could be cheaper?


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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

Why don't you make your own? I believe from previous post you can weld and fab. I have never paid anyone to make a driveshaft for me. The front one is alot easier to eyeball and not as important to get 100% perfect. 200$ sounds about right to lengthen one. They usually want about 150$ to $200 for longer and $50-$100 to go shorter.

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shoot, I just had my local machine shop shorten my shaft and put a new slip yoke in it, and they charged me a whopping 80$.. I have had alot of work done there, adn they know me... I had another one lengthened in pa for 60$..
That seems like alot to me.. I'd look around.

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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

mine cost $45 witn new u-joints

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The place I go to charges me $10 per weld plus $1 inch for tube. To lengthen the have to make 1/2 of the driveshaft new. So 2 welds plus 180 inches of tube = $200. Just how long were you looking to make that thing anyhow. For those in So. Cal., I believe in these guys 100%.http://www.driveshaftsonly.com Now that I live here I use them for every shaft I need. When I was in Utah I used Six States and/or Tom Wood, these guys are just as good.

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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

Since I went SOA the front is close to bottoming out. Only about 1/2 inch travel left and is wobbling. I also have a front Lock-Right so it is always turning and I drive to the trails so balancing would be important I think. I did find another (albeit shorter) wrangler front shaft in the yard today. Maybe if they let go of it cheap enough I could make my own. What would it take? Cut a piece out of that one and split the current shaft and insert the extention and weld it? I've never made one so I don't know the specifics. But I'm willing to learn so fill me in.


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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

I take it that you don't have locking hubs or you are running a full time t-case? Otherwise your front shaft should not turn if you are in 2wd with the hubs unlocked. I always just get a piece of pipe that has a inside diameter slightly larger than the OD of the shaft. The tighter the better. If you can't slide it in and out without a hammer tap then it will be really easy to get straight. Balancing a shaft is overated . I make my own rear shafts. The fastest I have ever had my Jeep was 62 mph on the highway (GPS Speedo) and it was as fast as I wanted to go. I didn't notice any vibration but between the noise from the headers and the wind rushing by I might not have noticed I would probably have my rear shaft made if I was going to drive on pavement alot.
As far as the front you have to ask yourself how fast you are going to drive with it turning. If it's faster than 35 mph I would probably recomend having it done right. Under that make it yourself. If you don't get it straight (spot it up first and look it over from all angles and hold it at different positions and have someone else eyeball it from a distance) grind off the welds and try again.

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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

it always alot cheaper to get a shaft shortened than made longer (driveshaft tubing is expensive, i've never heard it cost $1 a foot myself, but driveshaft tubing does come in different thickness's) also the machine that balances shafts is very expensive to own, thats why theres not that many shop building them. i think it's a good idea to find alonger one in good shape and have it shortend.

fyi, yj's bend the front shaft often for 1 of 2 reasons. like you mentioned, "bottoming out" will do it, and when suspension droops it will contact the skidplate.

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We always used the same fixture that pipe welders use to make their welds when joining two pipes together to make all our shafts, hope this helps out.

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Re: How much diveline work should cost?

You might want to consider adding a CV joint on the TC end of your front drive shaft.
That would solve the problem of lengthening your shaft ... heck it may just make your shaft length just right!
And it will eliminate any vibe problems at the same time.
After the NV4500 install in my CJ-7 the angles didn't look TOO bad...
My pumpkin was pointing up just a little, my TC yoke was pointing up a just a little, and there wasn't a discernable offset laterally.
But Jim Peterson, our local Farmington drive train specialist, said "CV it" and so we did.
I built "The Princess" keeping in mind to do well both on and off road and I've gotta tell ya that CVing the front shaft was just the ticket!
There were plenty of times on our trip to Ouray and Telluride this summer when my wife and I hit long stretches of dirt on those winding roads while still in FWD and at a pretty good clip ... all without a hint of vibration. Sweet! [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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