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Unread 01-07-2014, 05:16 AM   #1
stripperguy
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cv axle shaft = driveshaft??

I'm nearly finished with my SOA on my '77 CJ5...I need driveshafts front and rear now. I plan to stretch out one of my old front shafts, no problems there.
The rear will be short, but no worse than most guys have already done. I read that several of you have made your own double cardan shafts from used XJ or TJ front driveshafts. I do happen to have a spare front TJ driveshaft laying around (it pays to never throw anything away!) and can shorten that shaft, but it doesn't seem to have much angular misalignment capability. I can always just buy a TW or Tattons shaft, but I kinda want to fab my own...those are usually good for 30 or 35 degrees.
Then my SIL (a 15 year mechanic and fellow Jeep guy) asks me, "Does anyone use a true CV axleshaft to make driveshafts?"
Well, has anyone used an axle shaft from independent front axles to make a driveshaft? I know some of the CV joints have craaaazy operating angles...

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