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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:02 AM   #1
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help with drive shaft

I have a 95 zj with 318 NP 242 at 3.5 lift want to go higher I no they make a hack and tap for the 242 is there anything else I can do other then hack and tap and don't want to do a np231 if anyone can help it would be great thanks

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Unread 07-16-2014, 07:41 AM   #2
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I have a 95 zj with 318 NP 242 at 3.5 lift want to go higher I no they make a hack and tap for the 242 is there anything else I can do other then hack and tap and don't want to do a np231 if anyone can help it would be great thanks
On my 95 v8, I was around 4.5-5" on stock shafts with no problems.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 07:43 AM   #3
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OK I was not sure I have a 1 inch drop spacer in it but still cane out like 2 inches or are there different drive shafts
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Unread 07-16-2014, 08:45 AM   #4
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Why do you have a t case spacer? I never used those.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 08:49 AM   #5
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They are drop spacers puts every thing in a better angle but I haven't bought the new springs yet
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:04 AM   #6
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You don't need a drop spacer. You need adjustable control arms to set the pinion angles. Drop spacers actually put the rear shaft at a worse angle. Companies sell them just to cover their butts and as a cheap alternative to adjustable control arms, which is the proper way to lift it. You will need all adjustables at 4.5" anyway.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:10 AM   #7
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Well that sucks I just bought all fixed for the rite angles
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:15 AM   #8
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Well that sucks I just bought all fixed for the rite angles
Well fixed lower adj uppers
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:23 AM   #9
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Well that sucks I just bought all fixed for the rite angles
There are no pre-determined correct lengths. Every ZJ is different. Imo fixed arms are worthless since you can't adjust them. I found all that out on my first ZJ a long time ago. I used Rubicon Express super ride adjustables. I have heard they changed the design and the bushings are not as good now.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:30 AM   #10
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OK on my last one I just did adj uppers never had a problem but this one im taking a Lil higher
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:48 AM   #11
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The higher you go, the more money it costs. Unless you are one of the ones that don't care how it rides and cuts corners. A 4.5" is going to be higher than that, more like 5ish. If you stack bumpers and a winch on it it will probably settle to 4 maybe.

Don't forget front and rear adjustable track bars. I would ditch the t case drop. You never need a drop pitman arm either.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:50 AM   #12
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The higher you go, the more money it costs. Unless you are one of the ones that don't care how it rides and cuts corners.
Money is not the issue this one I'm building for my wife my other zj I'm putting long arm and the motor is v8 stroker I'm going all out on that one my wife just does easy stuff
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:56 AM   #13
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Does it have a u joint with double cardan front drive shaft or CV rezeppa style? If it's a CV style then it needs to be switched to a U joint style. The CV's always pull apart.
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Unread 07-16-2014, 09:59 AM   #14
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U joint if it had the CV it would of been gone the day I bought
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Unread 07-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #15
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You can try out the fixed arms just to see. You may get lucky. Most likely you will need some adjustment.
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