I was thinking of shortening mine 1.5inch. The way it is now. I cant get it to even bolt on. It needs to be 1/4 in short just to get it to slide into the ujoint. And thats with it 100 percent on the yoke. So Im thinking 1.5inch short will be a good measure. I dont offroad or anything
That's exactly how mine was, so yeah you should be fine with 1.5 inches.
I really dont understand why some of us have no reason to shorten the driveshafts yet others do? Just doesnt make sense.
Well it's because of all of the different variables.
93-95 had longer transmissions and all had the dana 35 rear.
96-98 5.2's had shorter transmissions, but longer rear axle pinion; the dana 44a.
96-98 4.0 had different transmission (I think shorter than 93-95) and had the dana 35 rear. So these had longer driveshaft then the 96-98 5.2s.
Then you've got the 98 5.9, which I think has a different transmssion even then the 96-98 5.2.
On top of that, depending what case you swap in will make a difference, after 96 (I believe) Jeep transfer cases starting coming with an external slip yoke, which was 1.5 inches longer than their internal slip yoke counterparts.
Then you have the fact that most guys on here have lifts on their jeeps, anywhere from 1" to 5", and in some cases even higher. So basically, there are just too many variables to be able to determine unless you just do the swap and find out for yourself.