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Unread 03-17-2013, 07:06 AM   #826
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Thanks. I was wondering what it could be. I even had Tom Woods himself say it was one of his but I was doubtful his company would sell that setup.
Yeah it's defiantly a RE setup. It's not a bad setup if you have the actual seal flange they sell, I run this setup and I like it...

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Unread 03-17-2013, 07:11 AM   #827
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Maybe someone can answer this. Can I buy the ball centering kit from Napa based on the link below:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driv...iveshaft-5.htm

Or do I need to get a new setup from Tom Woods since that is who makes my driveshaft? I'm thinking I have to get it from TW but it would be nice to have that instant gratification.
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Unread 03-17-2013, 07:15 AM   #828
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Maybe someone can answer this. Can I buy the ball centering kit from Napa based on the link below:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driv...iveshaft-5.htm

Or do I need to get a new setup from Tom Woods since that is who makes my driveshaft? I'm thinking I have to get it from TW but it would be nice to have that instant gratification.
From what I understand you have to send the drive shaft out to TW. I have the same shaft as you and it looks like the only way you would get regular yoke on there would to have the flange cut off and the yoke/ball welded on. I would call TW though.

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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:09 AM   #829
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Maybe someone can answer this. Can I buy the ball centering kit from Napa based on the link below:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driv...iveshaft-5.htm

Or do I need to get a new setup from Tom Woods since that is who makes my driveshaft? I'm thinking I have to get it from TW but it would be nice to have that instant gratification.
I don't know about a kit, but I have that section of a driveshaft on my workbench right now. It came from a $30 junkyard driveshaft. I would actually wager that Tom Woods uses the same Spicer joint as found in junkyard shafts. I bet you could find a good one off a clean XJ too.

Edit: If it were me, I would gamble on an XJ driveshaft. I think the joints are standard and you would end up with a good yoke to match you tcase. My reasoning is that if you can't get the CV (wrong word I know) internal parts, you could just use the XJ section and pair it at the ujoint.
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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:17 AM   #830
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I don't know about a kit, but I have that section of a driveshaft on my workbench right now. It came from a $30 junkyard driveshaft. I would actually wager that Tom Woods uses the same Spicer joint as found in junkyard shafts. I bet you could find a good one off a clean XJ too.

Edit: If it were me, I would gamble on an XJ driveshaft. I think the joints are standard and you would end up with a good yoke to match you tcase.
When I got my RE h&t I was going to try to use a cut down front Xj driveshaft with a spicer flange adapter but I decided to just use a TW one. Idk if you can simply remove the flange on your drive shaft and put a yoke style on it, I always thought it had to be cut off and a new piece welded on.

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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:25 AM   #831
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I don't know about a kit, but I have that section of a driveshaft on my workbench right now. It came from a $30 junkyard driveshaft. I would actually wager that Tom Woods uses the same Spicer joint as found in junkyard shafts. I bet you could find a good one off a clean XJ too.

Edit: If it were me, I would gamble on an XJ driveshaft. I think the joints are standard and you would end up with a good yoke to match you tcase. My reasoning is that if you can't get the CV (wrong word I know) internal parts, you could just use the XJ section and pair it at the ujoint.
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When I got my RE h&t I was going to try to use a cut down front Xj driveshaft with a spicer flange adapter but I decided to just use a TW one. Idk if you can simply remove the flange on your drive shaft and put a yoke style on it, I always thought it had to be cut off and a new piece welded on.

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I think what I'll do is take off the flange and see how that looks and compare it to Stu's Offroad link. I've replaced the flange once years ago so we'll see.

I also emailed TW to get their input. They are good guys over there and Tom Woods himself has even called me up to discuss technical issues.

If it looks like I can use parts from an XJ I will head to the Pull-a-part.

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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:29 AM   #832
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I think what I'll do is take off the flange and see how that looks and compare it to Stu's Offroad link. I've replaced the flange once years ago so we'll see.

I also emailed TW to get their input. They are good guys over there and Tom Woods himself has even called me up to discuss technical issues.

If it looks like I can use parts from an XJ I will head to the Pull-a-part.

Thanks guys.
Another option would to just use a Xj front shaft and have it cut down, could probably have the whole setup for like $75. It wouldn't be a strong as the TW but it would be fine I would think. I can't imagine that TW would charge you all that much to make your current shaft work with the new sye either.

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Unread 03-17-2013, 08:53 AM   #833
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Lou, take off the flange on the drive shaft and you can probably use some u bolt style straps with the yoke that comes with the advanced adapters slip yoke eliminator. The yoke is already drilled out to slide bolts through to screw into the piece that your talking about getting. So the straps should work. That's what I would do, cause all it would cost would be the straps. I could check on mine when I get home from savannah and check to see if it would work. Looks like you adapter flange on the driveshaft is held on by two circle clips right? It would be easy to remove?
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Unread 03-17-2013, 09:02 AM   #834
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Lou, take off the flange on the drive shaft and you can probably use some u bolt style straps with the yoke that comes with the advanced adapters slip yoke eliminator. The yoke is already drilled out to slide bolts through to screw into the piece that your talking about getting. So the straps should work. That's what I would do, cause all it would cost would be the straps. I could check on mine when I get home from savannah and check to see if it would work. Looks like you adapter flange on the driveshaft is held on by two circle clips right? It would be easy to remove?
If I do that then the centering ball will not have anything to stick into. I will take it off and provide pics.
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Unread 03-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #835
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The centering ball butts up against the u joint. You would leave the u joint. So the centering ball shouldn't be affected.
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The centering ball butts up against the u joint. You would leave the u joint. So the centering ball shouldn't be affected.
Here is what I found. One of my u-joints is toast and pitted. There were needle fragments but mainly just dust. I do think the XJ ball centering kit would work.







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Unread 03-17-2013, 02:32 PM   #837
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Gross!

I'll be curious what you figure out. I still *bet* you can take the entire double cardon joint off an XJ shaft and tie it into your Tom Wood's shaft with the ujoint on the shaft side of the cardon joint. Of course I'm going off of the shaft I have in my jeep and the one I have on my work bench. I might be visualizing your situation incorrectly.
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Now is a good time to install a shaft brake if you have any interest in that set up... I love mine, but still haven't gotten to use it on the trails yet...
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Now is a good time to install a shaft brake if you have any interest in that set up... I love mine, but still haven't gotten to use it on the trails yet...
Do you have a link for it? Is it a disk or drum setup?

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Unread 03-17-2013, 04:54 PM   #840
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Here is what I found. One of my u-joints is toast and pitted. There were needle fragments but mainly just dust. I do think the XJ ball centering kit would work.
Post up a pic of the shaft now if you can. You might be able to use an Xj cv joint on there.

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