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Old 03-09-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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Torn Front Driveshaft Boot.

Ok Guys, I need some advice.

I took my 2012 JKU Sport into the shop for a couple of things. One big reason being that when I changed the oil I saw that the "Boot" on the Front Driveshaft immediately in front of the transfer case had a tear in it.

Coming down our snow covered hill in 4 wheel drive (two days after I saw the torn boot) I was using my breaks and when the anti-lock kicked in I heard the front driveshaft rattling... not good. So I mentioned both those things to the service manager when I dropped it off.

He called and said that the whole front driveshaft assembly would need to be replaced. He said that because of the tear in the boot the grease/lube had all leaked out, and so it had worn something loose... He wasn't sure exactly what it was that was specifically loose, only that the whole section needed replaced.

I've called my insurance, and I'll be paying out of pocket because they'd consider running over a branch a "collision" a I have a high collision deductible. AS far as I know it could've been a branch or something like that in the road. I don't know how I could've done it. I've taken it off road, but never "offroading". I don't remember ever hitting anything that would've caused the tear.

Estimate: ~$600 Parts. ~$100 Labor etc.


What would you all suggest? Is there a good way to get it rebuilt, or to replace it with something better? The Sales manager said that he couldn't find a cheaper aftermarket part for it.


What would you guys do?

And I don't really have any need for anything other then getting it back the same functional place that it was before this. As in, I'm not looking to put on 35's or regearing, or lockers or anything like that.

Thanks for your advice.

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He's correct. One Option would be to find a takeoff on here or CL.
Very easy to replace yourself for around $100

No lift ?

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:30 AM   #3
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I would think If not modified the boot failed, shojld be a warranty issue.
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I would think If not modified the boot failed, shojld be a warranty issue.
Probably not if modified but I've seen it happen.

Adams driveshafts are around $350 for a front That is a double carden but pinion angle needs to be set as well.
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If you want to drive to southwest Michigan ill sell you my stock front ds for $100.
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Probably not if modified but I've seen it happen.

Adams driveshafts are around $350 for a front That is a double carden but pinion angle needs to be set as well.
Set pinion angle on a stock or mildly lifted Jeep to run the Adam's?
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Set pinion angle on a stock or mildly lifted Jeep to run the Adam's?
That's reDQulous!
"Might" depending on lift hight. Sorry
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I would think If not modified the boot failed, shojld be a warranty issue.
I wish... The guy at the shop says that because of how its torn it's not covered under warranty. And I can agree with him. It's torn/gouged in such a way that something hit it. kinda crazy cause I've not done anything that should've caused that.
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If you want to drive to southwest Michigan ill sell you my stock front ds for $100.
Thanks man, but I can't do that, too far to drive

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He's correct. One Option would be to find a takeoff on here or CL.
Very easy to replace yourself for around $100

No lift ?

Nope, no lift. I wouldn't mind a lift, but I haven't come up with the money.

And thanks for the advice, I'll check CL.
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I looked around. I see them all the time.
I have my stock front and a rear spare but for a 2 door.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:52 PM   #12
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I drive a Manual.

I'm in SE Ohio.

You think someone would ship a front DS?
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The search continues lol

Mine was shipped front Cali.
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If it's the slip joint boot then you can just do nothing. Mine ripped off years ago and I've had no ill effects. Many others have done the same.

If you like you can squirt some grease down among the splines. I sometimes shoot some 5th wheel grease in there because it's really sticky and won't fly all over the place.
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$350 for an Adam's driveshaft and be done with it.
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If it's the slip joint boot then you can just do nothing. Mine ripped off years ago and I've had no ill effects. Many others have done the same.


If you like you can squirt some grease down among the splines. I sometimes shoot some 5th wheel grease in there because it's really sticky and won't fly all over the place.
So you're saying you run without the boot and you haven't had any problem with a loose driveshaft? Do you use 4 wheel drive much?


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$350 for an Adam's driveshaft and be done with it.

So Adam's WILL work well? Those other two posts confused me and I thought the other guy was saying that they wouldn't work well...

What about something like Tom Wood's driveshafts? Are they any better then the Adam's?

Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts 52301 9800 - Tom Wood's Front 1310 Drive Shaft for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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Ok Guys, So I found a "New" takeoff front driveshaft on ebay for $250, free shipping...

Is it worth just going with that one, or is the Adam's or Tom Wood's "Much Better" and worth the extra $$$ ?

And what if I were to get a 2" lift later on? Would it be better to have a certain aftermarket DriveShaft?

Thanks so much guys!
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$350 for an Adam's driveshaft and be done with it.
Yeah go with the Adams shaft I did front and rear. Great price great service no issues
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Most after market shafts use the same parts to build them. Adams includes shipping.
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He was probably talking about the slip boot. Aftermarket shafts don't have them.

I have no problems with my ADAMS front shaft. Easy to install and can run at a higher angle w/ double cardens (u-joints)

Both ADAMS and TW are very reputable company's.
Adams being much less expensive.

I would do a aftermarket shaft for $75 more.
The front was $325 shipped. I ordered from Stomper off road.
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I think there's more going on here than a torn slip boot. As said before, many are running stock shafts with the boot removed. I tore my rear boot and just cut it off.

I'd recommend removing the driveshaft then drive it to see if the noise is gone before spending money only to realize there's more wrong.
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So you're saying you run without the boot and you haven't had any problem with a loose driveshaft? Do you use 4 wheel drive much?





So Adam's WILL work well? Those other two posts confused me and I thought the other guy was saying that they wouldn't work well...

What about something like Tom Wood's driveshafts? Are they any better then the Adam's?

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Both companies are reputable. Just one is cheaper. If you are going to replace the entire driveshaft, go aftermarket with one of these companies.
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So you're saying you run without the boot and you haven't had any problem with a loose driveshaft? Do you use 4 wheel drive much?
The slip joint boot (the long one kind of in the middle) has been ripped on JKs since '07. They either hit the skid and get torn or the clamp hits the automatic transmission bolt and turns and rips the boot (that's what happened to mine).

I you look at many of the aftermarket shafts you'll notice they don't even include a boot for the slip joint.

If you broke the boot on the end that covers the CV joint (smaller, round, flat) then you do have to replace the shaft.

Yeah, I wheel it all of the time. We got it to go wheeling, so it sits in the garage until we take it out.
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Most aftermarket shafts I've seen had a wiper seal inside the cap on the female half of the slip joint. Helps keep grease in and dirt out. Less glorious version of the boot.
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You can buy replacement CV shaft boots on driveshaftparts.com for $25
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Still looking for a front factory shaft,i have one for a 2013 jku front,rubicon,auto,contact me if interrested.

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