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Unread 08-31-2006, 07:00 PM   #1
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'86 XJ Front Drive Shaft

I have an '86 XJ with a 2.8L (do I hear groans?) auto. D30 with Selec Trac. The front shaft is the CV variety; will another non CV joint shaft fit this application? If so I suppose I will have to post in WANTED. I would be willing to buy an original drive shaft as I do not wheel in the Jeep, it is just a daily driver, that is when it is operational. It is beginning to be a money pit , but the engine has low miles and the Jeep itself only has 119,000 on the clock.

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Unread 08-31-2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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Yours is a GKN style front shaft. I'm not sure, but I believe you can swap the yokes from a newer unit and run a newer front DS.
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Thanks for the info, I have found that these shafts are available at local parts stores, but the prices are upwards of $230, yikes.

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Hit the junk yards. I picked up one from a guy here for around $30. Others have picked them up local at various yards in various states for about the same.

Make sure to measure the distance between yokes to get a feel for what length will work.
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Pull the yoke or flange that's on there now and get a inside diameter and spline count before hitting the yards. Make sure the new ones will match up.
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I am sorry to say that the local yards around here crush everything that does not move in a short period of time. I most likely will go back with stock and probably will have to pay a chain store the big bucks. Thanks again for the information.

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Unread 08-31-2006, 09:25 PM   #7
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You do not need to replace the whole shaft, the cup with the bearings and boot is available seperately, I have bought it, the replacement is made by Moog, I believe. GKN no longer makes them for the XJ. I think it was about $100...but I could be wrong it was years ago.

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Hey that is an interesting option. I noticed that NAPA sells a shaft that has a U Joint instead of a CV joint that is an exact replacement. But they fetch about $236.

Thanks for the information, I will do a search for Moog.

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Unread 09-02-2006, 07:21 PM   #9
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Well, I bit the bullet and went for a reman driveshaft. But there is good news, I ordered one at O'reilly and when it came in it was a up graded version that had a U-joint on the transfer case side instead of a CV joint. And the night before I checked pricing with the 3 major suppliers here and Advance had the shaft listed for $208.88 and O'reilly was $232.99. So after a bit of coaxing O'reilly matched the price and it comes with a limited liftime warranty. I thought I would pass this info on to anyone who, like me still likes the oldie XJ's.

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