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Unread 05-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #1
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WJ front DS question

Ok nobody get mad at me. All this info is probably here somewhere but I need it in very basic terms. I have searched and found that when you lift a GC WJ 4+ inches you need to convert the front drive shaft to a double cardan. I understand the basic idea but can you guys just spell it out for me: WHAT DO I NEED TO BUY? I'm running around with no front DS and I don't like it one bit. And again, I apologize. I know this has been covered but its all kinda a foreign language to me. Thanks fellas.

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Unread 05-09-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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OK, You have 2 options...
OPTION 1: You can swap over a double cardan driveshaft from a newer grand cherokee. This would require you to also replace the yokes at the differential and at the transfer case. Someone will have to chime in about the difference in length of the driveshaft, if any, between the I6 and the V8. This would be by far you cheapest option. When replacing the pinion yoke you have to be extra careful because the nut holding it on put a preload on the pinion bearing and when you replace the nut it has to be in the same place to put the proper preload on.

OPTION 2: You can call up Carolina Driveline or Tom Woods to custom make you a drive shaft. They can pretty much set you up if you tell them you situation. I believe this cost around $300-$400
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:10 PM   #3
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First look to see if your front axel has a yoke or a cv. Then you could either just buy a yoke for your t/c and find a ZJ front shaft. Or look up Tom Woods ,Carolina, I.R.O. ect.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #4
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Ok so a zj shaft would be long enough, with travel with a 4 inch lift?
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Unread 05-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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On the axle end of the shaft its a u-joint. On the t-case end its a cv joint.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:10 PM   #6
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So you need to find a u-joint yoke for your 242. And yea i've heard people say that a zj front driveshaft fits perfectly with 4" of lift
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:54 PM   #7
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That's really good news. Thank y'all for your help. Looks like I'm going to a scrap yard.
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