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Unread 12-04-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
mudb0gger
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front drive shaft or manual locking hubs?

I have a 97 jeep tj and the front drive shaft is slightly bent which results in ALOT of vibration going down the road. It is currently out of the jeep now. My question is, If I put manual locking hubs on the front, will it stop the drive shaft from turning all the time and would only turn when hubs are locked? or Would it be better and or cheaper to just get another drive shaft built? Its been like this since I've owned it which has been 5 1/2 years and I want to be able to put myself in a position to need 4 wheel drive. I am now ready to do something about it and needed the experts opinions and advice. Let me hear it. Thank in advance.

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Unread 12-05-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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Well your front drive shaft shouldn't turn at all unless you are in 4wd. If its your daily driver and not your trail rig I would go to a junk yard and find a good driveshaft out of a wrecked tj. I went to manual locking hubs on my Yj and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Unread 12-05-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by TimoYJ7 View Post
Well your front drive shaft shouldn't turn at all unless you are in 4wd. If its your daily driver and not your trail rig I would go to a junk yard and find a good driveshaft out of a wrecked tj. I went to manual locking hubs on my Yj and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Wrong.


TJ has what we call a "live" front axle. Because it doesn't have manual hubs the shaft will turn all the time even in 2wd. This is due to the live hubs in the TJ.

OP if you have the coin to do so I would do a manual locking hub. Which would then keep the shaft from turning while driving in 2wd and manual hubs gives a lot of benefits over a life axle.

Replacing the front driveshaft is the cheaper option though.
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