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Unread 01-07-2014, 10:32 PM   #1
jakethejake
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Ax-5 to Nv3550 swap

About 500mi now since install and I'm ready to get some easy help.

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-Needing to get about 2 extra on my front driveshaft. I understand I can use two possible shafts. an xj rear shaft or an I6 auto trans front (40?). I assume that i would use a shaft out of an I6 auto yj, but what drive train for the xj rear?

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Unread 01-07-2014, 10:34 PM   #2
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Longtime learner, and absorber of knowledge which is due only to the font that is JF. Sorry I've never done an intro. Should get on all that.
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Unread 01-08-2014, 12:42 AM   #3
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If you can get a good recommendation on a local shop, it is sometimes best to have the shafts lengthened / shortened a needed.
It's a good opportunity to make sure the shafts are good and fix them as needed also - balanced, slip joints are good, replace u joints if needed, service DC joint if needed etc..
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Unread 01-08-2014, 09:59 AM   #4
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If you can get a good recommendation on a local shop, it is sometimes best to have the shafts lengthened / shortened a needed.
It's a good opportunity to make sure the shafts are good and fix them as needed also - balanced, slip joints are good, replace u joints if needed, service DC joint if needed etc..
Local is good. (Unfortunately, I don't have a good local shop.) I sent my rear shaft to Tom Woods for shortening/balancing. It cost about $120 with shipping both ways. They did a great job. Highly recommended.

I'm not sure a used front shaft is a good value - I'd recommend new if you can afford it. You can get a new DS made to length from Tattons on eBay for about $165. Would have all new u-joints, perfect new slip joint, be the ideal length, etc. Tom Woods is a little more expensive - $190 if my memory is correct. This is for a front shaft, u-joints on both ends (not double cardan).

Others will recommend a used DS - I just like to do things once, and not fiddle with u-joint replacements in 6 months; Or vibes from a worn slip joint; Or deal with damage from a shaft that is too long or too short. There's no right or wrong - it's just whatever you feel comfortable with.
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Unread 02-04-2014, 03:38 PM   #5
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thanks guys, much appreciated. sorry for the long delay in reply, I've been enslaved to a job that makes me miserable. Salt (my yj) has become my therapy, rather than just my DD and a big part of my hobbies. At least, when I'm not on 2 wheels.

i think i'm gonna go ahead with a new shaft. I went with a Tom Woods shaft for the rear, but going better with everything i fix or replace costs more $$. It's the weirdest thing, and tied with a lack of free time for the most annoying part about this stuff.

as for local shops...any shop, or driveline related/specific? just remembered i could always ask my trans guy...he got my clutch, tranny, and some other odds and ends + more knowledge. i'll let you guys know. and hey, might even put up pics and whatnot.

stan, i have a slight feeling i'll be coming to you soon with rear end questions.

thanks!

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