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Old 09-06-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Drive shaft needs to be cut for a lift?????

I am having a 4inch basic lift installed on my 2003 tj today and the tech says they are having my front driveshaft sent out to have it shortend an 1 3/4"? What is that about? I did not reallize anything that extreme had to be done. Is this normal? Do they make kits that come with new driveshafts?

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Old 09-06-2006, 02:30 PM   #2
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well a lot of times you get sye and new rear driveshaft becasue of vibrations...but i didn't know about the front...and i thought you normally got a longer driveshaft?...no they don't make lift kits that come with new driveshafts but sye's and new rear driveshafts are pretty normal if you get vibes

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you need a new mechanic then. The stock drive shaft will work fine on 4" of suspension lift. If you want to be certain measure from center yoke on your tcase to center yoke on your axle. Give that measurement to your drive shaft shop and they will measure your stock drive shaft to make sure it is legit. But 4" of suspension lift is fine for your stocker. You just need some adjustable control arms to adjust the pinion back within spec.
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:19 PM   #4
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Hell yeah, Only time I've come into contact with shortening the front shaft is when you are putting in a HP30 front end. NEVER had to deal with shortening the front on a lift.
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Old 09-06-2006, 07:13 PM   #5
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Hell yeah, Only time I've come into contact with shortening the front shaft is when you are putting in a HP30 front end. NEVER had to deal with shortening the front on a lift.
I am with these guys... I installed a 6" L.A. kit on my TJ, and am still using the stock front shaft without any issues at all. Ask hime to explain why you would need a shorter shaft if the transfer case is getting farther away from the axle...
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Old 09-06-2006, 08:13 PM   #6
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are you sure your jeep isn't being lowered?
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:37 PM   #7
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You can't lower a Jeep far enough to make 1-3/4" of difference in the front. There is that much slip from the factory. Even when installing a HP30 up front 4" of suspension lift will be enough to let the front shaft ride with no problems. I had RE3.5s up front on mine with the HP30 and there was still tons of room for compression.
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You are being taken to the cleaners. Tell him to stop and that you want to see what he is doing.
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Old 09-07-2006, 02:34 PM   #9
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I recommend you go straight down there and get your money back for that drive shaft shortening. I have a 4 inch suspension lift on my jeep, did nothing to either drive shaft, and just put a 4 inch on my buddies jeep last weekend, no driveshaft modifacations needed. You are being had.
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no driveshaft modifications need for the FRONT...but a lot of times you get a new REAR driveshaft along with sye to get rid of vibrations (if you have any)...but for the front? unh uh nope
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no driveshaft modifications need for the FRONT...but a lot of times you get a new REAR driveshaft along with sye to get rid of vibrations (if you have any)...but for the front? unh uh nope
So after reading the 7 posts above this, one of them being yours, you have gone from not knowing about the front to knowing that there does not need to be any driveshaft mods? Good job, thanks for clearing that up for us.
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Old 09-07-2006, 08:56 PM   #12
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His attempt at sincerely trying to be knowledgeable, is secondary to none. I can only wish, that I was that smart, at 18......lol.
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I was hoping someone else was going to say something, so I didn't have to. It is really comical to read both of those posts back to back. I'm going to bookmark them for when I need a chuckle.
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Old 09-07-2006, 09:12 PM   #14
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Yep they are either ripping you off or they don't know what the heck they're talking about. Your front driveshaft is absolutely fine for a 4" lift.
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Thank God I wasn't the only one sitting here scratching my head over Mr. BigJeeps posts.
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glad yall got a good laugh
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