About halfway home today, 10 mile drive, I started noticing a weird vibration other than the usual one. I've always had a vibration starting around 47mph, knew it was a u-joint based on my past experiences, just couldn't get the time to replace it. Anyhow, stopped to get fuel, pulled out into traffic, really noticed some vibration, like kick ya in the nut sack vibration. I immediately knew the joint had busted. Limped it home the 2 miles at 15 mph. Got home and crawled under, yep, rear joint at diff busted. Been down this road, so went in to see the wife and cool my heals a little. After a while of letting things cool down I decided to take a closer look at the joint. It broke alright, and took part of the drive-shaft yoke with it. I've attached a couple pics, you can see the clean break into the yoke. Here's my dilemma, how much would you say I have compromised the integrity of the yoke part where the u-joint mounts? I say as much as 25%. Then there is the possible balancing issue. Not sure if losing that little bit of metal will create vibration issues, but had to ask. I'm seriously thinking of throwing a new joint in and taking my chances.
Anybody know where to get a drive-line from in a fat hurry? I'm in the Phoenix area.
Any comments/suggestions would be appreciated.