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Old 10-17-2010, 11:22 PM   #1
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New Drive Shaft.....Really?

Ran into this guy while getting out of my jeep and he asked if I replaced my drive shaft yet. Before I go any further, I have a 6" lift(skyjacker) with 38.5" tires on my 08 JK model. I basically said to him "my jeep is an 08, why would I of or even think of replacing the drive shaft?" he told me that any of the newer jeeps with a 4" lift or higher would need a drive shaft replacement sooner than I'd think. Also said start paying attention to the boots for wear. Anybody have any insight to this comment or experience this?

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Old 10-17-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Go to rock krawler's website. I'm on my iPhone right now so I won't be a ton of help. But they recomend a shaft replacement with any lift over 3-1/2" for the 2dr jk... An even a front shaft replacement on some of their 3" suspensions.

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Old 10-17-2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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Ran into this guy while getting out of my jeep and he asked if I replaced my drive shaft yet. Before I go any further, I have a 6" lift(skyjacker) with 38.5" tires on my 08 JK model. I basically said to him "my jeep is an 08, why would I of or even think of replacing the drive shaft?" he told me that any of the newer jeeps with a 4" lift or higher would need a drive shaft replacement sooner than I'd think. Also said start paying attention to the boots for wear. Anybody have any insight to this comment or experience this?
Post up some pics of your driveshafts....and the jeep we love pics of cool jeeps.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:48 PM   #4
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I'll take a pic tomorrow morning and post it.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:53 PM   #5
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Yea that thing is up there. I'd say new driveshafts from reading all the jk guys post. Theres one guy on here with a 2 inch budget boost on his rubi. I remember reading that he tore the ruberboots wheeling and thats only on a 2 inch lift. I'm sure someone will chime in to confirm it or say that yjkid95 is a fool don't listen to him.
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:53 PM   #6
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Old 10-17-2010, 11:58 PM   #7
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I haven't done to much off roading with this
Jeep, especially compared to my last. Just hope normal driving doesn't cause me to purchase a new drive shaft so early on.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:11 AM   #8
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Read this article and you will understand why everyone is telling you that you will need a new driveshaft.

Fatal Angle Tom Woods JK Wrangler Driveshafts - Jp Magazine
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:51 AM   #9
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What size tires are you smuggling under that 6" lift?
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:12 AM   #10
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What size tires are you smuggling under that 6" lift?
If they are big and visible is it really smuggling?
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:20 PM   #11
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:08 PM   #12
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Read this article and you will understand why everyone is telling you that you will need a new driveshaft.

Fatal Angle Tom Woods JK Wrangler Driveshafts - Jp Magazine
Wow, kinda disturbing. Was this always an issue or is the JK design the flaw? I had 4" and 33's on my TJ and never heard about this with it.
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Old 10-19-2010, 10:27 PM   #13
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Just because you never heard of it doesn't mean it never existed. Any time you lift any vehicle you are changing the drive shaft angle and causing a potential problem.
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Old 10-19-2010, 11:18 PM   #14
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Just because you never heard of it doesn't mean it never existed. Any time you lift any vehicle you are changing the drive shaft angle and causing a potential problem.
That's what I asked wasn't it? Was it an issue with other models? And you didnt answer. Never mind, forget I asked.
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Driveshaft angle is an issue with ANY vehicle. When you change the angles, you both increase wear and tear on the u-joints, and reduce their life dramatically. Thus, the prevalence of aftermarket shafts.

Next up, OP- is that a Dana 30 up front? Can't really see in that postage stamp pic If so, I HOPE TO GOD you have it beefed up! Even if it's a stock 44 (same able tube size), you'd better sleeve that sucker, and reinforce your C's!

Next up, oh God, yes, you'll need driveshafts! I'm assuming that since you're not seeming to have problems yet that you at least have adjustable control arms. These will HELP, but cannot solve driveshaft angle problems. Too much angle is too much angle- to compensate, you'd have to dial out pretty much (if not all) all of your caster, which would drive like hell at that height. New driveshafts are a good investment in your case- call Tom and the guys at Tom Woods- they'll take good care of you. Straight up guys, those- Mark W.

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