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post #1 of 14 Old 05-20-2013, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Carolina VS Tom Woods

I'm tired of my front DS being a money pit. Soooo I'm just gonna buy a custom built one. Anyone running either of these two companies shafts? How does it ride and how long has it lasted? I'm leaning towards TWs at the moment but would like first hand experience. I already went salvaged way and spent the same amount rebuilding and balancing.

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-20-2013, 10:51 PM
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I can't speak abt the Carolina... But I am really pleased with my new Tom woods. They had good customer service and they sent it out very quickly. It's quality looks very sound and it cured my vibration immediately.
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post #3 of 14 Old 05-20-2013, 11:42 PM
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I can't speak abt the Carolina... But I am really pleased with my new Tom woods. They had good customer service and they sent it out very quickly. It's quality looks very sound and it cured my vibration immediately.
+1.. no experience with Carolina but very happy with my TW rear.
Not many miles on it yet, but plenty of others have given them rave reviews.
It is a quality piece.

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post #4 of 14 Old 05-20-2013, 11:51 PM
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I have a Carolina front and a Tom Woods rear... both are excellent shafts. If I had to do it again I think I would go Tom Woods front and rear.

My only complaint about my carolina shaft is the CV joint gets noisy very quickly when it needs more grease. I was told that in harsh conditions they have this problem but mine seems to do it more often than I would like. I really packed it full of grease this last time so we shall see how it lasts but other than that, both great products.

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post #5 of 14 Old 05-21-2013, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for all your input guys.
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post #6 of 14 Old 05-21-2013, 07:48 PM
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I just recently bought a Carolina front DS and I am very pleased, I got mine with Spicer Gold seals Non-greasable BC my WJ is mostly a DD. DS is Beefy and Built very solid. I'm sure the Tom Woods is also. Between the 2 and what I have read on both. You will be happy with either.

Great customer service from Carolina as well, Called Monday ordered it, shipped Monday, and I got it Weds afternoon. That being said i live in VA so im not that far away either.








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even though you have sealed U Joints you still have a grease-able CV joint right ? which is the only issue I have had with mine, you are right, it is a beefy great shaft though. I love both of my driveshafts, only reason I went Tom Woods on the rear is because I bought the SYE at the same time so it only made sense...

I actually blew up my front Rezeppa long before I went with the SYE haha, but that was part of the reasoning, to fix my front angles... so fix the rear

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post #8 of 14 Old 05-21-2013, 09:39 PM
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I have a TW front double cardan in my '78 Chief......no complaints. Really solid and no issues.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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even though you have sealed U Joints you still have a grease-able CV joint right ? which is the only issue I have had with mine, you are right, it is a beefy great shaft though. I love both of my driveshafts, only reason I went Tom Woods on the rear is because I bought the SYE at the same time so it only made sense...

I actually blew up my front Rezeppa long before I went with the SYE haha, but that was part of the reasoning, to fix my front angles... so fix the rear
Yes the shaft is still grease-able, You just can't see the fitting in any of the pictures. Yeah I'm wanting to replace my Rear with a Tom Woods too Mainly because I need to replace the U-joints and its just easier to slide a new one in LoL

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post #10 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 12:19 PM
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I have Tom Woods on my Rubicon and am completely happy with it. Quality piece and superior customer service.

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post #11 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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I ended up ordering from TW. it'll be here Wednesday. I'll let everyone know what I think.
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 04:11 PM
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Don't see any balance weights on that shaft? Or are they just not in view?
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post #13 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 07:37 PM
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FWIW, driveshafts aren't complicated. Its just some tubing weleded to some yokes with a few U-joints. You should be able to get a decent one from any driveline shop.

That said, I've bought my last 5 driveshafts from Tom Woods and have been more than happy with them.

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post #14 of 14 Old 05-24-2013, 07:50 PM
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If you go with Carolina, you need to upgrade from their base u-joint. Tom Woods uses a high quality one out of the box. Both are similarly priced after that. I was wheeling with Tom Woods when I ripped apart a control arm and his on-board welder put me back together for the weekend so my vote is for him I have bought 3 shafts through him, and 1 through Carolina. Neither has done me wrong (as long as I replaced the Carolina u-joints with high quality ones which you can order from them like that in the first place).

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