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Unread 01-26-2013, 11:53 AM   #1
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Drive shaft blew up

So I'm roadside at the moment and its freezing! My drive shaft blew upbeat the xfer case. Muffler is destroyed as well due to the drive shaft carnage... If I remove the shaft, I should be able to drive safely in 4wheel drive right?

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Unread 01-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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you won't have fluid in your transfer case. do you have AAA? I'd still move it if it was an emergency but if can wait you should be towed.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 12:23 PM   #3
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Yes you can drive in 4x4,. If you got a bottle or can or anything you can tape over the hole where the drive shaft use to be, then that would be good. IF not its ok to drive for a short time to get home. Fluid will come out of the case....
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Unread 01-26-2013, 01:28 PM   #4
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This got me home...
I just put it in 4wd and did this with a water bottle and some duct(gaffer) tape and drove.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Jeepster, whats going on with your pinion angle?
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Unread 01-26-2013, 10:01 PM   #6
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Jeepster, whats going on with your pinion angle?
My thoughts exactly, don't see how that could work with any type of shaft setup.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 10:22 PM   #7
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Well I got a tow from AAA and its sitting in my garage. I will remove the carnage tomorrow as well as the muffler which got absolutely destroyed as well. Tom Woods shafts worth it? Any other suggestions? I had a DynoMax muffler and think it was good... No complaints anyway.
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Unread 01-26-2013, 11:13 PM   #8
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Well I got a tow from AAA and its sitting in my garage. I will remove the carnage tomorrow as well as the muffler which got absolutely destroyed as well. Tom Woods shafts worth it? Any other suggestions? I had a DynoMax muffler and think it was good... No complaints anyway.
I lost a shaft in mine twice before I did my SYE, I know what you mean when it comes to tearing everything up. the second time it actually broke the tail housing off the transfer case.
I had a local driveshaft shop build my CV shaft from scratch, every single piece new, heavy wall tube, and all components made in America. Cost me 360 bucks and well worth it. I guarantee it's as good as any, and I had it in only one days wait.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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I went the Tom Woods route. It was $279 shipped, only $25 more than getting a used xj shaft rebuilt and shortened.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 08:18 AM   #10
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Pay attention to what a couple of guys questioned you about! Things don't just blow up, your pinion angle on the rear end is pointed to the moon. You can put 3 Woody's d.s. and you will have the same end result. There is a certain geometry that has to be adhered to in order for the drivetrain to turn without bind or vibration. Look on Tom Wood's website and you will see what is necessary. Don't get a $300.00 driveshaft now if you plan on future modifications that would include lift kits and / or SYE, because it may not fit properly.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 10:17 AM   #11
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Looks like you have a 8.8 without setting the pinion angle properly. The next drive shaft that breaks may cause a wreck.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 11:06 AM   #12
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Pay attention to what a couple of guys questioned you about! Things don't just blow up, your pinion angle on the rear end is pointed to the moon. You can put 3 Woody's d.s. and you will have the same end result. There is a certain geometry that has to be adhered to in order for the drivetrain to turn without bind or vibration. Look on Tom Wood's website and you will see what is necessary. Don't get a $300.00 driveshaft now if you plan on future modifications that would include lift kits and / or SYE, because it may not fit properly.
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Looks like you have a 8.8 without setting the pinion angle properly. The next drive shaft that breaks may cause a wreck.
The OP and the pic are two different people.... pic has nothing to do with the OP's issue...

To the OP. Yes Tom Woods are worth it.. Great customer service, too! But consider you'r needs, build etc and maybe a SYE before investing in a new shaft.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 11:24 AM   #13
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Jeepster, whats going on with your pinion angle?
Yeah...now we see why I blew my drive shaft.
I fell/slid off a large shelf and hit my flange square on with a boulder and up came the pinion and snapped the drive shaft. Broke the welds that were holding the spring perches and the whole diff rotated. That was an...interesting day. Drove all the home(150 mountainous miles) with that water bottle holding the transfer case juice in.(have sense got an sye and welded the snot out of the spring perches)
For a drive shaft: I went to a local shop and had a truly custom fabbed up, made with 1350 u joints, and a 4 inch slip joint.
Kind of worked out in the long run, as I would have needed to break the welds to re set the pinoin to the sye.

(You can see where the boulder smacked the flange, right at the drive shaft ear, the broken one)


Shiny, new...STRONG.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 11:58 AM   #14
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The OP and the pic are two different people.... pic has nothing to do with the OP's issue...

To the OP. Yes Tom Woods are worth it.. Great customer service, too! But consider you'r needs, build etc and maybe a SYE before investing in a new shaft.
Thank you for realizing this... I hadn't posted a pic so I was wondering how people were saying my pinion angle was to the moon! I will review the angle and post a few pics later when I crawl under her to remove the carnage. I dont think its all that bad though.
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Unread 01-27-2013, 03:20 PM   #15
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The OP and the pic are two different people.... pic has nothing to do with the OP's issue...

To the OP. Yes Tom Woods are worth it.. Great customer service, too! But consider you'r needs, build etc and maybe a SYE before investing in a new shaft.
Son of a gun? You are right. My mistake.
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