Any tips to keep from destroying my front drive shaft?
My Jeep has a solid front axle. So, this forces my front drive shaft to spin since I no longer have to lock the hubs. This was installed by a previous owner, and throughout the life of the Jeep since then it has destroyed two front drive shafts. Typically, the front u-joint will fail and drop the drive shaft into the road. This causes all sorts of loud noise, fun, and some hefty damage to the drive shaft. I've replaced the front yolk, the one that connects to the front axle, with a yolk from a Cherokee. It has a much better way of locking the u-joint to the yolk, with the big u-bolts through the yolk. At least that helps to keep from ringing the heads off of the little tiny original bolts. I also got the drive shaft custom rebuilt so that it will fit better with the suspension lift.
I'm just wondering if any of you have ever "made" some sort of metal loop or something that could possibly mount to the frame? Say, make the loop big enough to not touch the drive shaft, or get it it's way when it flexes, but so that when the shaft ever breaks free from the yolk then it will "catch" the drive shaft and keep it from burying into the interstate. I haven't had any problems since those two mods I've done, but any noise I hear from the drive train makes me worry that my u-joints are about to break.
88 YJ Sahara
3" Suspension Lift, 1" body lift, Rear Shackle Conversion
Superior Rear Axles and Rear Locker 4.56 Ring Gear
Warn Front Axles