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Unread 02-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Krawl Off-Road, Front Drive shaft install

I got my KrawlOff-Road front drive shaft in earlier this week and decided it was a good day to put it in. I have a 4" lift and the front was getting ready to go due to the angle on OEM drive shaft

I got it from Jason at KrawlOff-Road.com. I don't think he likes me to much because the instructions he sent me were a little tore up
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This is my first drive shaft install and it was somewhat easy even without instructions.

First thing was to remove the skid plate
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Then it was onto loosening the 15mm bolts on the axle side (I left 2 in)
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Unread 02-17-2013, 04:34 PM   #2
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With those bolts loosened but not removed, it made it easier to loosen the flang 8mm bolts on the transfer case side
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Now take off the flang bolts on new driveshaft so you can put the new flang on the transfer case
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Take off old flang off transfer case (sorry no pics) with a 1 1/4" socket. Use a mallet to hit the old flang while slowly spinning it.
Once that is off, quickly put on new flang as some oil will come out...at least in my case it did.
Put some locktight on the nut and torque down to 160 ft lbs.
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Now put the new drive shaft up under your Jeep. I was by myself so I put one end on a floor jack to make it easier for me to put bolts in.

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I numbered the bolts so I knew which ones I torqued

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Unread 02-17-2013, 04:43 PM   #3
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Forgot to mention. I used locktight in my bolts
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Now onto the axle side, these bolts were really easy to line up and put in. I only did 2 as I needed to rotate drive shaft to get my transfer side bolts torqued
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Now I torqued the flang bolts on transfer case (15 ft lbs). These were a little difficult.
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Put the rest of the bolts in on the axle side. And torqued them down(81 ft lbs). All IN!

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Last thing was to put back on the skid plate.
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Unread 02-17-2013, 04:49 PM   #4
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nevermind the last 2 pics.. dont know how to get rid of them. (grease came out because I let the shaft go in.... if anyone was wondering)

I would also like to thank Jason at KrawlOff-Road for this awesome deal!

No vibrations at all!
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Unread 02-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #5
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Great write up! I loved the fact that you got the same treatment as I did from Jason about the instructions. (J/K Jason! Still think you are a great guy!)

Wish I had thought about the jack stand to hold up the driveshaft while installing it. D'Oh!
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Unread 02-19-2013, 10:46 AM   #6
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NICE! Thanks for the write up and the pictures! It looks great!

LOL sorry about the paper shreds! It makes for some easy packaging! Also, speaking of which, we are changing somethings up on that side. We are going to try something else out that will allow us to have even better packaging!

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