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Old 02-17-2017, 11:56 AM
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Adams Driveshaft Question?

I recently installed a 3.5" Metalcloak lift on my '08 JKU. Although the lift didn't put my front driveshaft at as extreme of an angle as I thought it would be, I still think replacing my front DS is a good idea. Im looking at getting an Adams driveshaft because of the good reviews and warranty. On the Adams website it says that I need to send them the measurements for my jeep including LIFT SIZE. My MC lift is advertised as 3.5", however i'm because running a light jeep (no spare tire and no aftermarket bumpers/armor) I actually got an estimated 4-4.5" of lift. So my question is does this difference in measurement matter and should I tell adams my lift is 4.5" instead of 3.5"
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I just received an Adam's solid front drive shaft as I'm about to install a 3.5" MC lift as well. Their site indicates that the drive shaft is good up to 6" as it's actually two pieces that slide one part inside the other. You can customize different components if you need to, but you should not need to do anything special.
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I have a Tom Woods front shaft (the two shafts are made the same) the most important measurement is the flange to flange measurement they ask for on the order form. Another thing is do not be afraid to call them, you will hear it straight from them with no confusion.

PS Proper lubrication is essential for these type shafts. look for the flush fittings on the inside ares of the joints, easily missed.
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I have a Tom Woods front shaft (the two shafts are made the same) the most important measurement is the flange to flange measurement they ask for on the order form. Another thing is do not be afraid to call them, you will hear it straight from them with no confusion.

PS Proper lubrication is essential for these type shafts. look for the flush fittings on the inside ares of the joints, easily missed.
They have a new solid shaft that only has one lubrication Zerk fitting versus the five.
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You will measure it, instructions are on their website, it's a double cardan joint so the angle will be fine. I have the MC GC 2.5 but I added a 1" spacer in the front because I did not like the JK Rake.

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They have a new solid shaft that only has one lubrication Zerk fitting versus the five.
Now that would be sweet. I just love dropping the shaft every 5K miles to get to the inners..... Not exactly a ton of fun, but necessary.
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Now that would be sweet. I just love dropping the shaft every 5K miles to get to the inners..... Not exactly a ton of fun, but necessary.
There are actually two Zerks, one on either end of this one, but should be no reason to drop the shaft to get at them. Just installed the front today, I'll need to drill a hole in my skid to access one of them.
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My stock front driveshaft lasted 10 months after installing a MC 3.5 lift. I ordered an Adams from their website but followed up with a phone call for some of the specific details. Didn't need to measure anything. They do enough of these to dial it in with just a few questions. Very happy with the result.
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Glad you dont have to drop yours to get to them. There is one (in center) that requires me to. there may be differences between the two, I assumed the Adams double cardan used the same spicer joints that Tom Woods did. Some folks told me they could reach the one I was talking about with a small flex type grease gun hose and fitting.
I did the shaft on my wife's jeep yesterday and it took about 20 minutes to drop grease and reinstall. Six fittings on this shaft in total. it,s a pain no doubt.

Yours sounds like a more convenient option.
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They have pictures on their site of different measurements. However, give them a call and they will explain exactly how to do it and email you a picture that corresponds to your jeep if you need it. They have great customer service. Often, you will speak directly to the owner.
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You will measure it, instructions are on their website, it's a double cardan joint so the angle will be fine. I have the MC GC 2.5 but I added a 1" spacer in the front because I did not like the JK Rake.

Looks like you have the same skid system that I do, how are you accessing the rear grease flat Zerk? I'm considering cutting a hole in the skid to get to that one.
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You will measure it, instructions are on their website, it's a double cardan joint so the angle will be fine. I have the MC GC 2.5 but I added a 1" spacer in the front because I did not like the JK Rake.

I love my MC kit but they notorious for having the front rake. I also thought about adding some spacers in the front to compensate, escpeciall since I plan on aftermarket bumpers. How did the 1" spacers work for you? was 1" enough to fix the rake?
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Looks like you have the same skid system that I do, how are you accessing the rear grease flat Zerk? I'm considering cutting a hole in the skid to get to that one.
Not sure yet, the DS has been only on for a few hundred miles, I will see but I installed the DS with the skid on.
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I love my MC kit but they notorious for having the front rake. I also thought about adding some spacers in the front to compensate, escpeciall since I plan on aftermarket bumpers. How did the 1" spacers work for you? was 1" enough to fix the rake?
1" fixed the rake, only about a 1/4" down in the front now.

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