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Old 02-02-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Rear Drive Shaft Snapped on my '99 TJ

I need some help:
I was off-roading today and my rear drive shaft twisted and snapped right off in the middle when I was going up a steep hill. Whats the cheapest way to get this fixed because I'm short on money. I think it broke because it was the original driveshaft on the Jeep and was just its time to go I suppose (164,xxx miles on it). I can still drive it in 4 wheel high and low, which was my saving grace since I was able to actually get it all the way out of the trail and back home under its own power.
Even if I need to get a piece from a junk yard temporarily until I can buy a better one, Id be ok with that. Any suggestions?

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What broke on the driveshaft? The u-joint or the ears on the driveshaft that hold the u-joint?

If it's just the u-joint, all you need to do is to have it replaced with a fresh 1310 size u-joint like the highly recommended Spicer 5-1310x.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:56 PM   #3
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What broke on the driveshaft? The u-joint or the ears on the driveshaft that hold the u-joint?

If it's just the u-joint, all you need to do is to have it replaced with a fresh 1310 size u-joint like the highly recommended Spicer 5-1310x.
In the morning I will take a picture for you guys but it wasnt the U-joints unfortunately, I only wish it was. Thats happened before to me and this time it was literally the actual shaft that snapped and twisted in half. So in other words it snapped between the slip yoke and the U-joints/rear diff - right in the middle of the shaft.
I was talking with a few friends today and one suggested to take it to a welder and have them see what they can do with it. I honestly just need the cheapest and best way to get outa this bind for right now and when I get the money I'll buy a stronger, "off-roading strength" shaft, etc.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #5
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Your going to need a new shaft. MIght be able to find one at a salvage yard. Good luck.
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You'd probably be surprised what a driveshaft repair shop can do with your driveshaft, they repair that level of damage on a daily basis. They basically just cut the center shaft out, weld in a new piece & balance it. And I mean a true driveshaft repair shop, not just a garage or 4x4 shop that will simply send it out to a driveshaft repair shop & then mark up the cost of the repair. And such repairs are not usually expensive, there is not too much to repairing a driveshaft.

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Precision Driveline in Phoenix got some bad reviews, I wouldn't go there.

Lastly, not just any used TJ driveshaft will work due to the different lengths of driveshafts used between those with the 4 vs. 6 cylinder engines, 5-speed vs. automatic, etc.. So if you go looking for a used replacement, make sure it's the right length.
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Go to a salvage yard, got mine for free...
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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You'd probably be surprised what a driveshaft repair shop can do with your driveshaft, they repair that level of damage on a daily basis. They basically just cut the center shaft out, weld in a new piece & balance it. And I mean a true driveshaft repair shop, not just a garage or 4x4 shop that will simply send it out to a driveshaft repair shop & then mark up the cost of the repair. And such repairs are not usually expensive, there is not too much to repairing a driveshaft.

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Precision Driveline in Phoenix got some bad reviews, I wouldn't go there.

Lastly, not just any used TJ driveshaft will work due to the different lengths of driveshafts used between those with the 4 vs. 6 cylinder engines, 5-speed vs. automatic, etc.. So if you go looking for a used replacement, make sure it's the right length.
That's awesome, I was hoping someone would suggest a good place in AZ to go and that's right down the street from me. I gave them a call already and will be swinging by tomorrow with the Wrangler so I'll let you guys know how it goes. Either way I'm gonna look into some salvage yards too but good point, I'll have to get the length and serial numbers of the drive shaft first.
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WOW, I didn't expect to fix it today on a sunday but I just went down to Dicks's Driveshaft LLC in Phoenix, Arizona and he came out with me to measure the driveshaft length on the Wrangler and then when into his shop and fixed everything up right there for me and let me watch how he does it and everything as well (he had the driveshaft in stock at his shop). Couldn't be any happier and got a new 13" driveshaft (the stock length on my "99 4.0L, 6 banger) that he had previously reinforced at his shop for only $120. Which from all the research I've done is pretty dam cheap especially considering it's new and reinforced more than the stock OEM Spicer shafts. All I had to do was slide the driveshaft back on the transfer case and put on my U-Joint back on right in the parking lot and was back in business.
Great service and couldn't say anything better, after all he's owned the shop for 63 years now and has been doing it his whole life. Here's the website below for anyone else who is interested, he ships out of the state and country as well for those of you who are interested.

And thanks for all the advice, hope this helps!
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Hey how is the ride with the new driveshaft? Mine went out on Friday and I am in between going with the mopar driveshaft or having a place here in tx build me one for a faction of the price of the mopar.
I spoke to a guy and he said there is always a noise/ wobble with the custom driveshafts...
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I spoke to a guy and he said there is always a noise/ wobble with the custom driveshafts...
I'm not sure what context that was in, but whoever said it is dead wrong. Custom driveshafts are easily made to be silent and 100% vibration free and anyone that makes driveshafts that can't do that should be avoided.
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Yea I am not going there. But he did say he wouldn't recommend a custom driveshaft.
Money isn't the issue I just want to make sure I am not spending it on something that is a p.o.s.
I'm in Austin tx and this is my first jeep 2007 sahara 4x4 so I am in great need of advise.
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I spoke to a guy and he said there is always a noise/ wobble with the custom driveshafts...
X2 to what Black Magic Brakes said, that guy couldn't have been more wrong. I'd stop listening to what he says.
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X2 to what Black Magic Brakes said, that guy couldn't have been more wrong. I'd stop listening to what he says.
Ok I am just not sure which way to go. I did talk to another place in San Antonio TX and I think it was called Driveshafts Unlimited and they offered to make a custom for under $200.00
I'm just trying to figure if its worth it or not... I don't want their offered 1yr warranty to end and then I'm out buying a new one or something
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Hey how is the ride with the new driveshaft? Mine went out on Friday and I am in between going with the mopar driveshaft or having a place here in tx build me one for a faction of the price of the mopar.
I spoke to a guy and he said there is always a noise/ wobble with the custom driveshafts...
I haven't had an issues since to be honest, I had to take it in again because of a prior issue where the mechanic had to replace the entire cv joint because they originally put the driveshaft in wrong which was before my driveshaft went but all in all it run like a champ now as always. The nice CV joint on the rear diff and new driveshaft and all are working great, I'd just do it yourself cauz you'll save a lot of money and it honest a matter of taking off 2 bolts depending on if you have a slip yoke or not and if I can do it, you can most definitely do it. If you have any questions let me know, the place I went to has great service and they ship anywhere in the world so TX wouldn't be an issue at all. Hope this helps!
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Ok I am just not sure which way to go. I did talk to another place in San Antonio TX and I think it was called Driveshafts Unlimited and they offered to make a custom for under $200.00
I'm just trying to figure if its worth it or not... I don't want their offered 1yr warranty to end and then I'm out buying a new one or something
I'm new to Jeeps myself but honest from all the research I've done, it just really depends on how much off-roadin you do on a daily basis. You're always gonna break driveshafts and other parts on your Wrangler every once in a while like anythin else depending on how hard you push you it but in all honesty, I feel great havin a new driveshaft and way more confident and stronger when I go off-roadin now that I know its all fixed. If you ever break another one, Jeeps are pretty amazing vehicles and can really get you back to home base even with broken parts. I drove around in "front wheel drive" (4 high, without my rear driveshaft attached) for like 3 weeks till I had the money to get the driveshaft. I realize thats not ideal or even a good thing but my point is that whether its a custom shaft or not, it just depends on if you trust them or not - in the end though, nothing is completely unbreakable. Even if its custom that doesnt mean its necessarily "that much better" than a regular stock driveshaft. I'm not saying it isn't going to be stronger because it most likely will be but you just have to decide whether or not that extra $80 is worth it or if you be better off buying a second driveshaft for another $120 instead of spending an extra $80 on a single shaft. Mine was reinforced and seems to do the trick but you never know until you put it to the test. Hope this helps!
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slip yoke style driveline

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I need some help:
I was off-roading today and my rear drive shaft twisted and snapped right off in the middle when I was going up a steep hill. Whats the cheapest way to get this fixed because I'm short on money. I think it broke because it was the original driveshaft on the Jeep and was just its time to go I suppose (164,xxx miles on it). I can still drive it in 4 wheel high and low, which was my saving grace since I was able to actually get it all the way out of the trail and back home under its own power.
Even if I need to get a piece from a junk yard temporarily until I can buy a better one, Id be ok with that. Any suggestions?

Thanks everyone!
if anyone needs a slip yoke style drive line I have one ...I just converted mine too a non slip yoke ....drive line came out of a 99 tj 2.5 l ...name is john

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