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Old 05-17-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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drive shaft question

Hey everyone. I got a problem and I'm being told different things regarding my front drive shaft . I have a 4 inch lift kit on my 2000 tj manual 4.0. My front shaft needs the ball and end piece replaced. I was quoted 380 for the pieces/installation and balancing. I'm getting advise that I should pick up a custom length driveshaft instead due to my lift for a little more. I looked underneath and I noticed the previous owner may have dropped the transfer case. Do I still need a custom length front driveshaft? I found a stock one online for 350 which I may pick up because its new. I attached a few photos any advise would be great.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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The t-case drop doesn't affect the front driveshaft length enough to worry about.

$380 seems awfully high for having a front driveshaft CV overhauled. I'd call Tom Wood's Custom Driveshafts at Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts - Tom Woods Custom Drive Shafts Custom Driveshafts Specialist & ask to speak to Tom Wood himself, tell whoever answers that I referred you directly to Tom. Tom is the nicest/most helpful guy & he should give you a good discount based on the referral.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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$380 WOW! I just had mine rebuilt at my local drive drive line shop for $145. I had the "angry sparrows". They rebuilt the DC joint,replaced all three ujoints with spicers, balanced, and even painted it.
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Old 05-17-2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the support Jerry. So from the photos can we confirm that my transfer case is dropped? If it wasn't dropped would I need a custom front drive shaft?
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Thanks for the support Jerry. So from the photos can we confirm that my transfer case is dropped? If it wasn't dropped would I need a custom front drive shaft?
You do have a T-case drop on the Jeep. That's the spacer that's between the skid plate and the frame of the Jeep.

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Old 05-17-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for the support Jerry. So from the photos can we confirm that my transfer case is dropped? If it wasn't dropped would I need a custom front drive shaft?
You have a transfer case drop yes. It is to reduce the angle on the short rear driveshaft after a suspension lift is installed. The stock front driveshaft is long and has a double cardan joint so is not greatly affected by a lift.
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I have a 4" lift and also a tummy tuck (tcase 3" higher than stock). I have no troubles at all with my stock front shaft. As posted above, the front shaft is far longer and more forgiving than the rear.
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Ah ok makes sense that the short rear drive shaft will be affected by the angle more then the front...so from what I'm reading I'm ok to go with stock drive shaft for the front! Which is good.....custom may be more expensive...a quick search shows me price ranges from $900 at 4wd.com to $300 at Tom Wood's. Excellent reviews at Tom Woods so I'll give them a call monday.

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