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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-03-2001, 11:03 AM
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Rear Driveshaft - Alignment

Hi Guys,

I would be grateful for some advice.

I had a universal joint go, which took the front yoke with it.

I have obtained a spare but there were no alignment marks on the original (and yes I only found out when I had taken it apart). How can I now align it properly.

The Suzuki Samurai is in England and is of Spanish manufacture.

I would be grateful for any advice.


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Re: Rear Driveshaft - Alignment

I am not a mechanic so you get what you pay for. A real mechanic or someone with a factory service manual could give better advice. If there are no alignment marks on the drive shaft, I would suggest that you bolt it up and go for a ride. If there is vibrations, rotate 90 degrees and try again. Repeat process until you hit the alignment that is the most vibrations free.
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Re: Rear Driveshaft - Alignment

Usually the yokes at each end should be lined up with each other. If there are vibes the first time you try it then just rotate either portion 180 degrees. If they are "off line" by only a couple of splines you will have bad vibes.(trust me

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Re: Rear Driveshaft - Alignment

Sara, if you will look VERY closely there should be alignment marks. Sometimes they are hard to see, and sometimes you may not be looking in the right place. Look for a small round DIMPLE about an inch from the end of the slip yoke on the outer part(female end). It's easy to overlook if there's crud covering this one. For the splined part of the shaft look on the end (not the outer surface) It's easy to see if there's no grease on it. Line those two up and it should not vibrate. Hope this Helps.

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Re: Rear Driveshaft - Alignment

Here is a drawing from the FSM to explain.....

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Some also have the marks as shown on this attachment.

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