After removing the old universal joints and prepping for the new ones, I discovered that a moron probably used an impact hammer previously to remove the former u-joints. What I am left with is very thin metal, which will most likely fail in the very near future.
My jeep shop said they can send it away to have a new end welded on for $220, or buy a new drive shaft for $350.
Yikes! I have 3 teenaged boys and a chihuahua to feed...just looking for other options. Thanks!
You drive a vehicle, there are unexpected things that come up and you just have to take care of them. Going as cheap as possible is a sure way to having to redo it. You are lucky to be able to take care of kids and a dog. Now, go fix your Jeep and stop your crying. lol
Thank you, Mortgage-payer...actually it's the girl that is looking for other options, and I appreciate your chivalry.
Dahreno, I'm not crying, but my family comes first, and then my jeep! I was simply making an inquiry if anyone has a drive shaft laying around that they would be interested in selling. I do realize that CHEAP is not always the smart way to go, but as I already stated, I am just looking at other options. Thank you.
Find out where the Jeep shop is sending the driveline and take it there yourself. There's no need for them to make money off of it if all they are doing is providing transportation and I'll guarantee that they are upcharging what it actually costs them.
Heh, you should have mentioned you were female up front - you'd get 10 times more help here!
Understood, Mortgage-payer, but I generally don't throw out the "I'm just a girl" card unless I am correcting the he/she, him/her thing. I just think of myself as a Jeep owner like the rest of you. Besides, I'm an old girl with gravity issues, so I don't think it would help anyway.
As for Matt, come on...you know you can't own cats, they own YOU! And how do you get everyone into your van down by the river???
Just kidding, of course. You have always been very kind and helpful with my crazy questions and predicaments. You will be happy to know that I already replaced the u-joints on the front drive shaft with ease. I was looking forward to getting the rear done swiftly as well, and then this issue came up.
( PS- I am almost done with my air cleaner housing redo, will post pics soon!)
I will take everyone's advice and check Tatton's and also research a repair shop I can take it to. There are no repair shops were I live, so it will involve a long drive off the mountain...into the big city. Thanks again, everyone. Jeep Forum is the best!
I checked Tatton's and they look really good, and the price is nice, too. Thank you guys for the heads up.
@certifiablejeep and texasdave- I may be interested in getting a used one for backup, so if you have something that fits, PM me with a price. The driveshaft measures 15 1/4" top of the ears, closed; and 18 1/4" top of the yoke to yoke. I hope it makes sense in the photo...