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Unread 09-23-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Carolina vs Tom Woods

Any preferences between these two DS companies??

For basically the same product, Carolina's quote was ~$100 less expensive, but the guy at TW seemed to know a bit more. Perhaps the Carolina solution was less robust/lower quality?

Also, what is your opinion of a boot near the axle joint? Anyone ever torn one of these off while wheeling? Most of the replacement DS I've seen around the forum have been the non-boot type. Did this choice have a compelling reason?

One decision I've made is to replace the Front output yolk from CV to UJoint. Result is a lower DS angle which can only do good... I've never maintenanced my TC myself. Looks like I'll be checking the FAQ section for a how-to.

Thanks in advance for any input you have!

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Unread 09-23-2009, 04:15 PM   #2
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I've had awesome luck with carolina

If you plan on lifting it you definately want to go to a U-joint style shaft, vs your current cv style with the boot...idealy you want u-joint on both ends, however you'll need a new yoke for your D30 to pull that off...
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Unread 09-23-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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I have had great luck with both.

Carolina is cheaper, as for quality of the driveshafts themselves, I think they're the same. TW's uses a higher quality u-joint though.

TW's is more of a "local" jeeper to us...if you ever come out to GSW he may be there (wheeled with him 2 years ago) and is a nice guy...he has a ZJ himself so he is a bit more familiar with Grands then Carolina is.

I don't think you can go wrong with either of them. I have a Carolina front DS (that replaced my TW's front DS that became too short) and a TW's rear drive shaft that matches the SYE I installed from TW.
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Unread 09-23-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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i have a carolina front DW and am very pleased with its quality and price
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Unread 09-23-2009, 05:07 PM   #5
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I also noticed TW uses a bit better u-joint, but since the rest of the quality is the same, CAROLINA FTW
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Unread 09-23-2009, 05:12 PM   #6
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I have Tom Woods front and no complainants. It was $100 so I couldn't go wrong. I am happy with it but can't compare it to Carolina.


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