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Hi!! Need a quick answer to this question, please!! My rear driveshaft on my 86 cj7 just broke, and to get the jeep home, I took the rear driveshaft off,locked the hubs, and drove home with the front axle under power. My question is this: how long can I drive my jeep like this?? Will it do any damage to the front axle or transfer case? It might be close to a month before I have time and money to get it fixed again, and I still need to drive it to work every day. Is this possible? Thanks again for all the good advice on this forum!!
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I had the exact same problem. I snapped the rear driveshaft on my 86 CJ-7 right by the knuckle
that holds the u-joint in at the front. I was worried at first about driving on only the front driveshaft, but
after talking to a shop I was assured that it would handle freeway speeds and was fine to drive. I drove
on it for about two weeks with no problems. I would be a little easier on it just in case, but you should
be fine. Also remember that a front wheel drive jeep handles a little different than what you are accustome
to. Good luck with the new driveshaft.


 
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Ben, today in the mail I got a custom shaft from tom woods to replace my stock one since I have lifted and now have bad vibes etc.
So let me know what you are running and maybe I can set you up with my stock shaf or at least let you use it till you can get one made ( iwas gonna keep it as a spare. I have 258/t-176 combo to amc 20.
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/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif Ben.....that post about handling was rubbing up against the "torque steer" problem that will manifest itself, so be ready for it. "Torque Steer" is a phenomenon which occurs when you get down hard on the throttle, and the wind-up (there IS some wind-up in the solid axle shaft) on one side is different than on the other because the axle shafts are different lenghts. With FWD, the effect is minimized, but with just front wheel drive, it IS noticeable. Detroit battled torque steer in the front wheel drive cars.....what it does is get one wheel slightly behind rotationally, and the vehicle veers in one direction or the other, depending on which axle is longest. Other than "torque steer" no problem. Just remember that the gears in front are smaller, and will wear quicker and BLOW quicker if you subject your Jeep to abuse. /wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif

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