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Unread 12-05-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
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Jeep driveshaft question

My drive-shaft on my 98 Cherokee busted so I went to a scrap yard and got one off of an 01 Cherokee. The one from the 01 Cherokee is about an inch and a half longer than the one from my 98 Cherokee. Will it fit? Will it cause any problems? Any input on the situation would be appreciated.

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Unread 12-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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I would compare the u-joints of the two drive shafts just to make sure you are not working with some kind of an after market deal. then Just make sure that the slip yoke on the "new" DS is not too compressed or extended and it "should" bolt right up. I would venture a guess that the inch difference is where the slip yoke is at in its travel.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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The replacement drive shaft should be within 1/4 inch or less in length difference. You shouldn't use a drive shaft that is too long.

The Dana 35 and the Chry 8.25, both of which were used on 1996-2001 XJ's, have different length drive shafts, about 1.5 inch of difference.
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The replacement drive shaft should be within 1/4 inch or less in length difference. You shouldn't use a drive shaft that is too long.

The Dana 35 and the Chry 8.25, both of which were used on 1996-2001 XJ's, have different length drive shafts, about 1.5 inch of difference.
^^^^^this

There were several different size rear driveshafts for the two different axles. From manual to auto. And possibly from a np231 and np242 but this I can't confirm but someone can chime in

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The 231 and the 242 are the same overall length. The Chry 8.25 and the Dana 35 have different sized housings, which makes a 1.5 inch difference in the location of the pinion yoke.
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The 231 and the 242 are the same overall length. The Chry 8.25 and the Dana 35 have different sized housings, which makes a 1.5 inch difference in the location of the pinion yoke.
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