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Unread 08-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
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rear driveshaft

My drive shaft is badly rusted. Not just the average surface rust but really heavy and nasty scaling type rust. I think there may have been a balancing weight that is now gone and causing some minor vibes at certain speeds. I have searched a local salvage yard for a replacement but they tell me there are different shafts depending on drive line manufacturers. Is this true and how can I tell which one I need to get? Thanks in advance.

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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:03 PM   #2
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As long as you get close to the right year you will be fine,I have a front d/s from a 01 on the rear of my 98 and it works up front also.
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Unread 08-15-2013, 04:46 PM   #3
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Should be added that a SYE is needed to run a front shaft in the rear.

But the only thing you need to watch out for is to make sure the new shaft comes from a jeep with the same transmission as yours. Auto and manual have different length shafts.

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Unread 08-15-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by mollydodger View Post
.. Is this true and how can I tell which one I need to get?
Yes, this is true.

1) What engine do you have 6 cylinder or 4 cylinder ?

2) Stick shift or automatic transmission ?

3) The only remaining question is which of 2 possible rear axles. Use the Google and search for how to tell the difference between the two.

When you know the answer to these three questions, buy a drive shaft from a 1997-2001 with the same engine/transmission/rear axle.

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