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Unread 11-03-2011, 02:24 PM   #1
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Cv shaft pricing... Why such a big difference

Getting an AA sye installed next week n the offroad shop uses a quigley 4x4 shop driveshaft n they charge 330 for the shaft. I called quigley n they seem very nice but they use neapco greasable u joints in them. I can get a cv shaft from Carolina driveshaft with spicer u joints, greasable 208 and solid for 218. Then other shafts are well over 300. Why is this? I literally have no idea which shaft to go with now

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Unread 11-03-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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Getting an AA sye installed next week n the offroad shop uses a quigley 4x4 shop driveshaft n they charge 330 for the shaft. I called quigley n they seem very nice but they use neapco greasable u joints in them. I can get a cv shaft from Carolina driveshaft with spicer u joints, greasable 208 and solid for 218. Then other shafts are well over 300. Why is this? I literally have no idea which shaft to go with now
Maybe send Carolina driveshaft a link to the others and ask the difference or vice versa. Send the link to the higher priced ones and see what the difference is. Maybe one has thicker, beefier tubing, bigger u-joints, longer slip joint.

I know the standard non double cardan shafts are around $200 or so and the CV style are around $300 last I checked.
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I just called Carolina and asked them why they sell there cv shafts for for so much cheaper then everyone else and the reason they gave me back was that probably because they don't have the overhead like bigger companies. Their basic cv shaft starts at 188 n then the spicer ujoints r upgrades to the prices posted in the first post. Everything in there shaft is made in America she said as well
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You could just pay $60.00 - $100.00 to have a Cherokee front driveshaft shortened for use in the rear of your YJ. It wil bolt right up all you have t do is measure ujoint to ujoint and have a driveshaft shop shorten it.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 03:57 PM   #5
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You could just pay $60.00 - $100.00 to have a Cherokee front driveshaft shortened for use in the rear of your YJ. It wil bolt right up all you have t do is measure ujoint to ujoint and have a driveshaft shop shorten it.
Cheapest I can get a xj front shaft around here is over 100$ n then plus shortening and new ujoints so that's a waste in my book
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Could anyone give me info on which spicer u joint would best fit me? Greasable or solid? My jeep only has 2 5/8 in lift with 32s. My jeep is my daily driver as well
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Unread 11-03-2011, 05:28 PM   #7
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You could just pay $60.00 - $100.00 to have a Cherokee front driveshaft shortened for use in the rear of your YJ. It wil bolt right up all you have t do is measure ujoint to ujoint and have a driveshaft shop shorten it.
Or you can get a front DS from an early 80's Chevy/GMC 3/4 ton, 1ton for even less (there are about eleventy bajillion in every JY in 'Merica). It uses the same size u-joints, has a double cardigan joint and has a much thicker tube than the XJ could ever dream of. I have one under my jeep, I have helped install several under others as well. If memory serves me I paid @ $30 ish for mine.
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Yeah if $100 is the cheapest they go then new is tour only option for sure. Xj driveshafts around here are a dime a dozen. I picked up 2 for $20.00... Guess it depends on where you live. I saw one for 23.00 on eBay the other day. Anyways, I paid 10.00 for mine and 60.00 to lengthen and balance for the front.

As for width? Well mine have done just fine, and my friends behind a built 350 has done just fine as well.
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Yeah if $100 is the cheapest they go then new is tour only option for sure. Xj driveshafts around here are a dime a dozen. I picked up 2 for $20.00... Guess it depends on where you live. I saw one for 23.00 on eBay the other day. Anyways, I paid 10.00 for mine and 60.00 to lengthen and balance for the front.

As for width? Well mine have done just fine, and my friends behind a built 350 has done just fine as well.
What u joints do u use
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I reused the ones that were on the XJ. Figured i would replace them as they need replacing. Most XJ owners use them as family vehicles, and front driveshafts operate on XJ's at near zero angle. I have put about 30K miles on my XJ driveshafts and they have held up so far. I purchased some spicer gresable ujonts for the CV portion but haven't needed them yet.
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Unread 11-03-2011, 10:13 PM   #11
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I reused the ones that were on the XJ. Figured i would replace them as they need replacing. Most XJ owners use them as family vehicles, and front driveshafts operate on XJ's at near zero angle. I have put about 30K miles on my XJ driveshafts and they have held up so far. I purchased some spicer gresable ujonts for the CV portion but haven't needed them yet.
Gotcha. I just did alittle more research tonight and found another place called Adams driveshaft in Nevada that sells cv shafts with spicer joints for 235$
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I have Adam's CV shafts in both front and rear. The quality is great, and no issues at all. They are another 100% made in America company.
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I just picked up a driveshaft from a local driveshaft shop Axle Exchange in fairfield nj for a very reasonable price and with a super quick lead time. Would be worth a call to get a quote.

A friend used an adam's driveshaft and it seemed fine to me. I've also used Highangle driveline in CA but the shipping takes a full 5days to my coast.
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I've been more than happy with my Tatton. $220 out the door and received within a week of ordering. Very strong driveshaft. Another American made product and I like it that the owner, Curtis, answers the phone himself and takes your order.

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x2 for Tattons. I got one for the wifes xj. I've had one of his side by side with a Tom Woods unit and I would take Tattons no questions asked. great product.
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