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Old 09-30-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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I am planning to buy a TJ tomorrow. This will be my toy to build up, since I'm too chicken to do anything extreme in my JKU. Everything looks to be in pretty good shape and the price is right.

My main concern is that the front drive shaft is missing. The person told me that it was taken off a while back for road use to obtain better gas mileage. I know the gas mileage thing is kind of a myth, but is there any way to test the 4wd with the front drive shaft off?

How much am I lookimg at for a new front drive shaft and mounting hardware? Would I be better buying new or from a salvage? If new any recommendations?

Worst case scenario being that the 4wd actually doesn't work - what am I looking at to fix it? A new T-case?

This is the 4.0L by the way. 97 model. Any help is much appreciated.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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If it were me I would want a shaft put in it. You don't know what you don't know! There is a possibility that they re geared the rear axle only and even once you put the new shaft in you will not be able to use 4wd until you re gear the front. Just too many unknowns.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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Me being the skeptic that I am first thing I would wonder would be the axle been swapped? Different gears? Have heard of this before...second and IDK how much this will help...when I got my SYE added while it was being regeared REAR driveshaft was somewhere between $350-$500...was part of the total bill not sure exact price....I would prefer new if it were me but I am a little anal like that......IDK worst case scenario.....to many variables.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:48 PM   #4
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Quick thought on the top of my head, but put the rear on jack stands, throw it in 4hi and you should see the output shaft spin.
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