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post #1 of 27 Old 02-12-2013, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Front Drive Shaft Protection

I keep bending the front DS when I go rock climbing. I have a 1989 YJ with an SOA. The shaft is getting bent near the skid plate.

Has anyone made a skid plate extension that helps protect the front DS?


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post #2 of 27 Old 02-18-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Holy cow! i am having the EXACT same thing and I was searching to see if anyone had a solution. I also have a 1989 with SOA.

I was looking at the skid plate and how to protect the shaft but I have not figured out how to do it without interrupting the up and down movement.

Have you figured anything out yet?

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Just to note, post # 1 & 2 are by the OP.

Are you sure the driveshaft is not hitting the skid on full droop and bending it?

I've seen a number of guys who have had to notch the skid to accomodate the new driveline angle.

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At the t-case end I'd suspect something other than rock contact. What to the scratches look like? What is just above the shaft at the bend point?

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Just to note, post # 1 & 2 are by the OP.


I look like an idiot sitting at my desk cracking up after re-reading this.

x2 on possibly needing a notch.

Any photos?

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Just to note, post # 1 & 2 are by the OP.

Are you sure the driveshaft is not hitting the skid on full droop and bending it?

I've seen a number of guys who have had to notch the skid to accomodate the new driveline angle.


Good on him for searching, below average, however for technique.

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Agreed, I'll take good grammar and enthusiasm over most of the mistakes made here any day.

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Just to note, post # 1 & 2 are by the OP.

Are you sure the driveshaft is not hitting the skid on full droop and bending it?

I've seen a number of guys who have had to notch the skid to accomodate the new driveline angle.
I picture him standing in front of a mirror.." You talking to me? you talking to me? You must be cause I don't see anyone else here"

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I picture him standing in front of a mirror.." You talking to me? you talking to me? You must be cause I don't see anyone else here"

At 48 years old, a bit early for alzhiemers...
...but plenty old enough for alcohol related memory loss.

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I'm 40 and thats a GIVEN!!!

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I look like an idiot sitting at my desk cracking up after re-reading this.

x2 on possibly needing a notch.

Any photos?
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Good on him for searching, below average, however for technique.
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Agreed, I'll take good grammar and enthusiasm over most of the mistakes made here any day.
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I picture him standing in front of a mirror.." You talking to me? you talking to me? You must be cause I don't see anyone else here"

At 48 years old, a bit early for alzhiemers...
For searching...I'll give kudos to that.

I did get a chuckle though. To the OP, if you can snap a pic that would be a big help.

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Probably the most creative bump ever. Kudos.

Now get a better skid so you don't have this problem anymore.

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post #14 of 27 Old 02-18-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies guys. I had to do something to get a few replies.

I have notched the skid plate. This is the second driveshaft that has bent so I am at an impasse.

Just a thought. Usually when someone uses an SOA the concern is the driveshaft being too short. But now I am wondering if it is too long and causing the slip joint to bottom out and bend the shaft.

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Time for a custom driveshaft?

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