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Old 02-27-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Front Driveshaft question

Hello everybody, I'm new to the forum and have a build question. I'm currently looking to purchase and lift a JK Rubicon (2007-10) year range. In researching lift kits, I see a lot that mention possible issues with front driveshaft clearance under articulation. The workaround appears to be purchasing an aftermarket smaller diameter shaft. Has anyone experienced this? Any thoughts? Thanks.

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Old 02-27-2014, 01:59 PM   #2
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Yes, this situation can and does occur. Usually with lifts 3 in or higher but can with lesser lift heights too. We carry both Rubicon Express and JE Reel driveshafts, so once you pick up your rig, contact me for a quote.


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Old 06-21-2014, 08:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info, sorry for the much delayed response. As it turns out, I ended up getting a 2014 unlimited Willys Wheeler. Have you heard if the new year models have the same driveshaft issue?
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:49 AM   #4
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Yes, the new models have the same clearance issue with the drive shaft boot clearing the exhaust. There are exhaust spacers that move the exhaust away from the drive shaft. The problem with these spacers is they move the exhaust into contact with most aftermarket engine/transmission skid plates. It is possible to shim the skid plate to accomplish the necessary clearance but you loose a bit of ground clearance doing so. A custom driveshaft allows proper fit without spacers.

I ran with the exhaust spacers for a while until I got my tranny skid without issue, but the exhaust is vulnerable, especially when lowered with the spacers.
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:54 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. I probably won't be doing any mods for a little while, but wanted to know for when I start looking for lift kits
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Old 07-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #6
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Has anyone heard anything, good or bad, about BDS suspension kits?

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