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Old 01-16-2009, 12:02 PM   #1
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SYE and Tom Woods Drive Shaft?

I see a lot of you guys use the Tom Woods drive shaft. Is this the best drive shaft for the tj. I won't be able to purchase my sye and drive shaft till may but i was just curious, is this the best combo? any suggestions?

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Tom Wood makes a fine driveshaft but it's no better than any other high quality driveshaft which can usually be made locally for you in a driveshaft shop. If you go locally, just specify they use Spicer components which will assure you of good quality.

Tom's claim to fame is his pre and post-sales support, help, and that he stands behind his products. I've met him and he's old-school (a good thing) and a gentleman. I've bought from him several times and been very happy with the entire process. You could do a lot worse than buying from Tom Wood (not Woods).

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I've been running an Advance Adapters HD SYE and Tom Woods shaft for almost 2 years and no issues at all.
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Tom Wood makes a fine driveshaft but it's no better than any other high quality driveshaft which can usually be made locally for you in a driveshaft shop. If you go locally, just specify they use Spicer components which will assure you of good quality.

Tom's claim to fame is his pre and post-sales support, help, and that he stands behind his products. I've met him and he's old-school (a good thing) and a gentleman. I've bought from him several times and been very happy with the entire process. You could do a lot worse than buying from Tom Wood (not Woods).
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I won't go anywhere else. The customer service I received was top notch. I also love the location of the zerks on his u-joints(on the end of the cap).
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i posted the same topic on another form and i figure tom wood is the way to go. everyone raves about his cust service...i am all about keeping local shops in business. being a business owner myself. if i can get it locally and for a decent price i don't mind paying upto $50 more on a high dollar item to get it. yes it depends on the item. right now my local 4x4 shop is struggling and his prices are way up. i've tried to talk to him about it but he's just trying to keep the doors open. i feel bad but he's got stuff list for twice the price i can find it on the internet and thats hard to walk in there just to help him out.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:22 PM   #6
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around here we have a driveshaft shop that does em for 100 bucks....we dont have any issues till we slam em on a rock and taco them....ive actually been runnin a tacoed one for three runs now so im pretty happy
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:14 PM   #7
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i don't even see an axle shop in my yellow pages. we have a ton of machince shops that will due it, but at $65 an hous plus materials it gets very expensive very fast. it cost me $200 to get a d-ring shackle mounts mounted to my front bumper which i provided and to cut two holes in my rear bumper and weld in a tab so i could mount better back up lights in there so i might actually be able to see what i'm backing up into next time i'm out night wheeling. if i had had the proper tools i could have done both things with in an hour. so basically they charged my for 3 hours oh labor and then some. it's a machine shop. i'm sure they had the tools. i even marked them out so they knew where to cut.
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Don't look for an axle shop, look for a driveshaft repair shop. I have a half-dozen of them within a 30 mile radius of me and two within ten miles.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:13 PM   #9
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save your self some money
find a xj cherokee in the bone yard and pull the front driveshaft (just watch the driveshafts the older xj's had smaller front driveshafts)
its a cv driveshaft
take it to your local driveshaft place with your measerments they will replace the ujoints with new ones and cut it down and rebalance it for around $120

total cost will be around $150
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I agree with Jerry I like to keep it local also. We have a smokin driveshaft guy here locally that we all use and they build top notch junk. Plus all of the re-tubing they do for us from the taco's we send them.

However I've also met Tom and he is a GREAT guy with a good product and excellent service. If you bought something from him you wouldn't regret it.
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Old 01-17-2009, 10:56 AM   #11
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if i still drove my jeep on the street i would buy a tom wood drive shaft but becaus my jeep stays off road other than going to the trail or gas station i just build my drive shafts myself
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Tom Woods sets the standard in driveshafts. I'm not into paying for name brands, his price is hard to beat. I'm proud to run his sticker, though it's kinda ugly.
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Tom Woods sets the standard in driveshafts. I'm not into paying for name brands, his price is hard to beat. I'm proud to run his sticker, though it's kinda ugly.

What you don't like the "My Shaft's a Woody" sticker???
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What you don't like the "My Shaft's a Woody" sticker???
I love my TW sticker, I just wish my shaft was long enough for the sticker to fit on it. Come to think about it, my wife said the same thing.
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I love my TW sticker, I just wish my shaft was long enough for the sticker to fit on it. Come to think about it, my wife said the same thing.
Seems to be common jeep problem....damn short shafts!
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I love my TW sticker, I just wish my shaft was long enough for the sticker to fit on it. Come to think about it, my wife said the same thing.
Seems like a perfect reason to stretch your wheelbase Jerry. My rear shaft is 31".

Pan, I do the same thing for my rear shafts. Just cut pieces off of others laying around the shop and weld'em back together. I don't need anything balanced or perfectly straight anymore.

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