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Unread 07-02-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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Driving Without a Driveshaft In The Rain

Just wanted to warn all of you with bad VC couplers who are thinking about pulling your front driveshaft. I did this a week or so ago, and I didn't have any idea how bad it would make my ZJ drive in the rain! Tires were spinning out and the ground was barely wet. Not worth risking the damage by leaving it in until you do a TC swap or get a new VC, but just something to be aware of!

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Unread 07-02-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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No offense but you must either have bad tires or don't know how to ease the gas pedal down when taking off from a stop. IMO The damage having a bad VC far out weighs what can happen in the rain if you don't know how to drive in 2wd.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:02 PM   #3
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Tires are new as of last summer, so I don't think so. You may be right about having a heavy foot when moving from a stop sign, but it happens no matter how hard or lightly I hit it.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:11 PM   #4
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New tires can still be junk.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:14 PM   #5
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I drove through a crap winter, with no front DS, crappy half bald tires, a shot suspension, and had not 1 single problem. Same goes for the rain.

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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:20 PM   #6
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You have a 4.0 though

Yes the V8's can be touchy and tail happy in 2wd if the road conditions aren't great, once you get used to it it's not bad though.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:34 PM   #7
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You also have to remember that in light rain, the roads can be far slicker than after a steady rain. The light rain only brings the oils in the road to the surface, where the steady rain can start washing those oils away, providing slightly improved traction. Just watch out for hydroplaning...
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:39 PM   #8
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Ive heard of people doing 360's in the 5.9 when they really didnt want to. Gotta take it easy when youre use to awd in a v8. More so with a limited slip.

And youre 100% correct about light rain. Ive slid several times in a light rain when i really shouldve have. Everyones leaky rear mains build up on the road haha.
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Roads are most slick right after it rains. Drive Iike a granny.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 02:54 PM   #10
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You have a 4.0 though

Yes the V8's can be touchy and tail happy in 2wd if the road conditions aren't great, once you get used to it it's not bad though.
Good point, good point...


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Unread 07-02-2014, 03:20 PM   #11
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I didn't know that about light rain and oils, good to know. Supposed to be a nasty thunderstorm tonight, so maybe I'll take her out and try not being so heavy on the gas on takeoffs.

As for the tires being the issue, they did fine with the driveshaft in when it rained. So chances are it's not those.

AJ, it's looking a lot like I'll be doing the same this winter
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I did a 360 in my green one with a front driveshaft once. First rain in months and it had only sprinkled for a few minutes. I took a right onto a freeway ramp and the back end passed me.

The niner without the driveshaft and the crappy PO tires would spin tires all day at a light even on dry pavement.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 04:28 PM   #13
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This isn't a driveshaft issue or an issue with having only 2wd.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 06:52 PM   #14
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This isn't a driveshaft issue or an issue with having only 2wd.
True, learn to drive.
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Unread 07-02-2014, 07:27 PM   #15
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No offense but you must either have bad tires or don't know how to ease the gas pedal down when taking off from a stop. IMO The damage having a bad VC far out weighs what can happen in the rain if you don't know how to drive in 2wd.
Exactly.

You don't need full time 4wd to drive in the rain. The vast majority of cars on the road at 2wd.
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