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Old 02-08-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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2006 Driveshaft Removal - need help

I am trying to remove my rear driveshaft to replace a u joint! Everything I read says its supposed to just slide out but no one make reference to the rubber boot and large wheel on the transfer case! Am I supposed to remove this clip on the rubber boot in for the driveshaft to slide out and how do I remove it. Does it need to be replaced once off or can I reuse? Sorry the pic is dark, was trying to remove later in the day. Thanks


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Old 02-08-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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Cut it and replace it or try to release it with a flat tip screwdriver and pliers.

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^^^^^ NO!!! No need to cut the boot off...you'll have to replace it.

Just tap on the shaft with a rubber mallet...it does slide off the "wheel" comes off with it.

Smacking it with a rubber mallet will not hurt it at all and will vibrate the shaft to break free.
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That's called a slip yoke there pal. Look up SYE (slip yoke eliminator).

If you lift your jeep more than a few inches you will need one. Of course the nomenclature is sorta contradictictory - - You want to eliminate the slip yoke in your transfer case....so to that end you are in fact eliminating a slip yoke. On the other hand, you will simply relocate the slip yoke to your driveshaft. It ought to be called a slip yoke relocator kit..... Mine was $400 from Adam's Driveshaft and it was an easy deal to do. Many folks recommend a Tom Woods driveshaft - - I hear they are good too. Adam's for me was less expensive and it came all together with the proper dimensions and necessary fittings. They knew what I needed just by me telling them year make and size of lift.
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Who said anything about a SYE...he just want to remove the Factory shaft pictured.
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Ok, trying agian to understand this! when I pull on the driveshaft the rubber boot streches out but it won't slide out. I am figureing that the metal clip needs to be removed and the rubber boot stays with the damper wheel and transfer case. I don't want to remove the clip until i know for sure, are these clips reusable or do I have to get a new one?


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Pull it right out. Cover the hole in the housing with a plastic bag and secure with a rubber band to keep contaminates out. When replacing wipe clean and inspect the oil seal. If good to go, slide it back in.
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Pull it right out. Cover the hole in the housing with a plastic bag and secure with a rubber band to keep contaminates out. When replacing wipe clean and inspect the oil seal. If good to go, slide it back in.
When you say pull it right out are you saying the rubber boot with stay put with the transfer case? Its like 15 degrees out in NJ right now so i'm think the rubber boot tighter than if it where warmer but when I pull the DS the damper wheel does not move and the rubber boot streches almost completely, i'm afraid i will rip the boot if i pull much harder. I'm gonna spray some wd-40 onthe boot and try later today, maybe that will help
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That is a CV-boot clamp. I did the driveshaft on my dad's pickup a couple of weeks ago and it had a boot just like that. You cut the clamp (I used a pair of dikes) and replace with a new one. They are not reusable. Any auto-parts store should have them. You'll need to know the size of the clamp that is on there. There is a special tool or you can use a pair of end dikes to clamp the new one on. It's pretty simple and you won't rip the boot. That clamp is on there tight enough and the boot sits in a groove that if you try to pull it off with the clamp still on, you'll rip the boot.
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Edit...^^^^ beat me to it.

Ok....

With a pair of pliers..grab ahold of the metal strap ties holding the rubber boot on...Twist...they snap off.
Remove the 4 bolts holding the U-joint straps on the rear axle yoke.
Push the driveshaft forward to drop the rear of the shaft down.
Pull the shaft towards the rear axle...It's out.


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Thanks everyone finally got the DS out and the rubber boot does not come off with the DS, it stays attached to the damper wheel and transfer case.
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Glad to see you got it off. I believe my first post said to cut the clamp if you couldn't get it off with a pair of pliers and a flat tip. Somebody chimed in and said I was wrong, but I kept my mouth shut for a change. You can replace the clamp with a zip tie if you had to cut it. It just holds the boot in place.
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Glad to see you got it off. I believe my first post said to cut the clamp if you couldn't get it off with a pair of pliers and a flat tip. Somebody chimed in and said I was wrong, but I kept my mouth shut for a change. You can replace the clamp with a zip tie if you had to cut it. It just holds the boot in place.

i waited until it was a little warmer outside and sprayed a little wd-40. When i went to pullthe DS out this time the rubber boot slid off and i did not need to cut the clamp. greased the DS a little and it slid right back in after chaging the u joint! Thanks for the info!!
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If you can slide it off that easy hopefully it won't allow water or mud to enter if you go through any deep enough to reach the slip yoke.

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