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Unread 05-18-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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44a axle swap, d/s lenght, what do you think? (pics)

Im in the process of doing my axle swap, and im worried i may have to get my d/s shortened but its really a close call. I know most people shorten their d/s 1.5" but im at about 5" of lift. Im thinking i may need to shorten it about 3/4" just to be safe. I dont want the driveshaft shattering the t-case. What do you guys think?

This is at full extension, tires hanging in the air, with frame of jeep supported by the lift.


This is at full compression, shocks a hair from bottoming out.


This is just to give you an idea of how long the splines are


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i would think your good to go as is
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only benifit i see leaving as is, is reducing the chance of driveline vibes. Seeing as how the d/s is at less of an angle with it being closer to the t-case, plus it will have plenty of spline engagement.

only downfall i see is there only being roughly 3/4" of forward travel before it hits the t-case, but then again the shocks would over extend well before that ever happened.
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I'm at 5.5" of lift and did not need to shorten at all. You want around 1.25" of shaft showing at ride height. I wheeled pretty hard a few weeks ago (first run with the 44a) and have no problem with rear driveshaft.
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I'm at 5.5" of lift and did not need to shorten at all. You want around 1.25" of shaft showing at ride height. I wheeled pretty hard a few weeks ago (first run with the 44a) and have no problem with rear driveshaft.
awesome, im going to let it go then and see what happens. Thanks everyone!
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Nice to see pics and the drive shaft info... planing on doing this next month.
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Unread 05-19-2011, 03:23 AM   #7
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Let it be, looks great as is. I'm at 6.5" and mine looks almost the same as yours. It's been this way for a couple years and I've had no issues on or off road.
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Looks fine...grease the splines and/or put a boot on it...a shock will work.
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Yep I greased it and put the factory boot back on.
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