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StanF 04-17-2013 09:06 AM

Locker Install, Front DS Vibes, Front DS Worn, Problems, Problems, Problems...
 
Install a Powertrax Lock Right and Solid Diff Cover in my Dana30 this past Sunday. Great project, and another fun Jeeper came over to help. Great day all the way around.

http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6390d928.jpg

After the install, I ended up with some front driveshaft vibes at about 65mph.

Removed driveshaft, took it to a local DS shop for balancing.

They said the slip joint was worn, so they couldn't balance it. The slip joint is pretty loose. I have 123K miles on my Jeep.
(there were already a couple of balancing weights on it, so it's possible the vibration was from the worn slip joint)

They wanted $350 or so to completely rebuild the DS. :eek:

Any suggestions? Seems like any used DS could have the same wear issue, so buying a used replacement would seem to be a bad idea. Or I could try to find another shop.

$350 seems outrageously expensive, and at that price, I'll live with the vibes. For comparison, they were asking $60-70 for just balancing, and $150 to shorten and balance a Cherokee shaft (for use in the rear).

Thanks!

Anticanman 04-17-2013 09:35 AM

Try a different driveline company. Tom woods makes them brand new for a little more than that.

StanF 04-17-2013 09:58 AM

Great suggestion...

Looks like a replacement OEM-style shaft from Tom Woods will be either $199 or $219

A CV joint would be a nice upgrade, but I'd rather spend the extra $$$ somewhere else.

From Tom Woods Webpage:
"Our drive shafts will use an upgraded heavier than stock tube, larger/stronger slip yoke & spline stub (S spline) and our “Gold Seal” universal joints is $189. The top of the line shaft with the longer travel slip & spline (XC OR XB spline, see sidebar at bottom of page) is $219.

If you have a non-selectable locking front differential and want the smoothest drive shaft, a CV type drive shaft is generally recommended. For the Double Cardan (CV) drive shaft we have two options available. With our S spline, the drive shaft is $269. With our XC or XB Spline, the drive shaft is $299. Installing a CV drive shaft will require changing the front out-put yoke on the transfer case to one that is compatible with both the transfer case and the drive shaft. We sell this yoke for $60."

drgonzo92 04-17-2013 01:36 PM

Question #1 I would have, is did removing the driveshaft cure the vibration problem? You may just be starting to get into more than 1 problem.

StanF 04-17-2013 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by drgonzo92 (Post 15309880)
Question #1 I would have, is did removing the driveshaft cure the vibration problem? You may just be starting to get into more than 1 problem.

Excellent point...I'll take it for a drive tonight to confirm. :thumbsup:

StanF 04-17-2013 08:31 PM

Drove it without the front DS, and there wasn't any vibration...well, nothing but the normal Jeep vibrations, squeaks, squeals and rattles :rolleyes:

I reinstalled the original DS and will run it until I want to spend $200 on a Tom Woods replacement. Thanks for the tips!


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