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Old 11-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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Exclamation Help Please !! Front shaft problem !!

Due to the excessive heat from the exhaust pipe the rubber of the bearing that connects the front shaft to the transfer case melted (HAPPENED BECAUSE THE JEEP WAS STUCK IN SAND FOR HALF AN HOUR AND THERE WAS NO VENTIALATION) I took it to couple of places and they suggested to replace the whole front shaft since it comes with new bearing and stuff. but the part alone will cost around 490 $ in where i live.
i guess thats a lot .


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so im hoping if there is a way to fix the bearing only since there is no physical damage to any part except for the rubber covering the grease of the ball bearing !!

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Old 11-07-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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Due to the excessive heat from the exhaust pipe the rubber of the bearing that connects the front shaft to the transfer case melted (HAPPENED BECAUSE THE JEEP WAS STUCK IN SAND FOR HALF AN HOUR AND THERE WAS NO VENTIALATION) I took it to couple of places and they suggested to replace the whole front shaft since it comes with new bearing and stuff. but the part alone will cost around 490 $ in where i live. i guess thats a lot . so im hoping if there is a way to fix the bearing only since there is no physical damage to any part except for the rubber covering the grease of the ball bearing !!
You are better off getting a brand new shaft. If you lift your jeep you will need to do that anyway. The stock shaft is very weak. I know it's a lot... But well worth it. Should only take an hour to install. Make sure you get new yolks as well

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Old 11-07-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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Is your Jeep lifted?
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:28 AM   #4
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Is your Jeep lifted?
Yes. It has 2.5 lift kit for more than 3 years ..but I don't think it's the cause.. so the shafts are fine with the kit .
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:38 AM   #5
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Yes. It has 2.5 lift kit for more than 3 years ..but I don't think it's the cause.. so the shafts are fine with the kit .
I don't know that shaft angle looks more than that.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:18 AM   #6
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You should get the exhaust spacer kit, it drops the exhaust down another 1/2" away from the shaft.

Also, some forum members have their wranglers lifted and replace front DS. They will practically give away front shafts for ~$50. Worth having a spare.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:58 AM   #7
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Thanx everyone .... I think I'll be looking for a 2nd hand front shaft ..to minimize the cost
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:46 AM   #8
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I have a front (07 manual/2 door) not sure if it will work but PM me if interested.
Edit: I don't think it will work for you. Take offs usually run about $100 just to give you a idea.

BUT.... You are lifted. Do you have caster correction (control arms/drop bracket/cam bolts) ? What is your caster angle, do you know ?

The boot won't split right away. I know you said it was because of heat. What I think happened. The lift put extra strain on the CV joint. Off road and the situation you were in- it finally gave. Exhaust spacers will only protect the slip boot and exhaust if drooped enough to contact FYI I would source a new DS. Takeoff or aftermarket (Adams $325) and make sure you do not have excessive caster.
Running higher then stock caster when lifted adds to the angle of the DS. This is why I asked about caster first thing. Because It happened to me. Lifted 3.5" inches, I was running around 6* caster. The cv boot started slinging grease. I bought a Adams DS and adjusted my lowers to around 3.5*-4*
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:51 AM   #9
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You are better off getting a brand new shaft. If you lift your jeep you will need to do that anyway. The stock shaft is very weak. I know it's a lot... But well worth it. Should only take an hour to install. Make sure you get new yolks as well
Weak you say ? ...... AGREE

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Old 11-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #10
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That looks like someone cut the tube with a ban saw. Ive seen plenty of prop shafts in my day and none of them ever had a tube break look that clean.They will usually twist off at the welds on the yoke or twist in the center like a pretzel .
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:23 AM   #11
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That looks like someone cut the tube with a ban saw. Ive seen plenty of prop shafts in my day and none of them ever had a tube break look that clean.They will usually twist off at the welds on the yoke or twist in the center like a pretzel .
Sorry yes. This was just to show the wall thickness. I forget why it was cut.

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