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Unread 07-21-2009, 10:10 PM   #1
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XJ front shaft for TJ rear shaft. Couple ?'s

I'm getting ready to do an SYE soon and am planning on using the XJ front drive shaft to cut down and use as my CV rear drive shaft but have a couple questions. I tried searching around but couldn't find an answer. What year XJ's do I look for? I did find that an automatic shaft is the better option but am also curious, for those that have used that drive shaft, on what lengths they had them cut down to. I should be at almost 4" of total lift and we'll say a TT at some point too.

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Unread 07-22-2009, 06:58 AM   #2
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it doesnt matter what year... they are going to cut a lot off. I have the Tear SS and and 8.8 and my with a tummy tuck and 2.5" lift and my xj front shaft was cut down to 23"

most xj front drive shafts only vary a couple inches and are similar in length to your tj front shaft so just get what ever is available... what is better about the auto ds?

when i did mine i took it to a local ds shop on a friday, did the swap on a sat, called and left a message with the correct length and it was ready monday afternoon... i would suggest putting in new joints and a new cv ball before you take it to them. total cost for cut and balance was 80 bucks...

most likely you will be fine with the same ds for the tummy tuck. we build a lot local and no one has ever had to buy a new one bc of length...
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Unread 07-22-2009, 07:31 AM   #3
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You can also use the front shaft out of a Ford Explorer. They just happened to be more plentiful when I did mine.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 08:09 PM   #4
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You can also use the front shaft out of a Ford Explorer. They just happened to be more plentiful when I did mine.
Any idea on years for the Explorer shafts?

The only thing I've read that stated auto Cherokee driveshafts were a better choice was because of the length. Apparently, they're slightly longer to give you more to work with but if you're having it cut down it doesn't really make sense to me.
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Unread 07-22-2009, 08:39 PM   #5
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I'm not sure, I just made sure it had 1310 u-joints and they were in ok shape. They are so much longer that you don't have to worry about it.

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Unread 12-09-2009, 03:48 PM   #6
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now can a XJ front shaft be used as TJ front shaft?
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