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Old 12-23-2013, 05:43 PM   #1
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rear drive shaft fell off

So I was doing some trails and for some reason my rear drive shaft blew out. It was still attached to the rear. Of course I had no tools but was able to limp it out of the woods and get it home. Why does this happen? I have no idea what to do at this point. Do I need a new drive shaft? My jeep was running great before it blew out.

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Old 12-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Did it break? Slip yoke come out of t case ? Are you lifted? Could be a million reasons.

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Old 12-23-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Maybe it was over-extended to the point that the splines separated.
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Old 12-23-2013, 06:37 PM   #4
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With a lift and no SYE the slip joint will fall off when you are fully extended. Happens all the time.

You may be able to have your current shaft lengthened and then save for an SYE and new shaft.

Find a local shop and see what they say.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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With a lift and no SYE the slip joint will fall off when you are fully extended. Happens all the time.

You may be able to have your current shaft lengthened and then save for an SYE and new shaft.

Find a local shop and see what they say.
So, should I be able to just pop this back in then? I understand there is movement of the trans but I didn't think it was enough for the drive shaft to fall out lol. It still seems to be in good shape.


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What's the black zip tie looking thing on the shaft?
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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Yeah just put it back into the transfer case. Don't over extend the rear axle until you get it fixed.

Zip tie thingy might be for a dust boot. I don't have one.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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I have no intentions on going with a sye. Not that I wouldn't love one, I just don't want to do it with my factory rear axle. I have no intentions of upgrading my axle either. I'm not a rock crawler, I just like trails. I'm going to look into having my driveshaft lengthened. Anyone done this before? If so, what did you pay to have it done? I'm gonna start making some calls locally after the new year.
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If you get it too long, then you break the tail housing.
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SYE are pretty cheap and you don't need a DC DS you can get a used one. Depending on how far out you travel, when the DS comes out you lose your TC fluid with a slip yoke. Break the rear DS with a SYE and you just put ti in 4x4 and use the front to get you home.
"What's the black zip tie looking thing on the shaft?"
Probably had a dust boot over the slip yoke, no big deal, most did not come that way.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #10
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Bringing this back up because I have a question. I have a guy that said he can build me a new drive shaft. I'm thinking I only need it about an inch longer. He said at most it would cost $100. Do you think the price is fair?
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:01 PM   #11
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