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Old 10-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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What is the best SYE and why?

Need to buy a SYE and DC driveshaft. Plan on getting a Tom woods DS. Just for the ease of ordering and knowing that they have quality workmanship.

Read a bit about SYE's, but haven't seen anything that compares them and explains what you actually need and get for the money. JB Conversions has a website that compares theirs against unnamed others...

For those who have installed and used them (especially had problems), what type were you using and what was the problems or good features.

A link to a thread or website that does this would be good as well. Yes I did a google search, but didn't find something that compares/contrasts actual name brands/models.

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Old 10-24-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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look for the most expensive one and then find one that even more expensive... and tom woods is god...

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:24 PM   #3
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look for the most expensive one and then find one that even more expensive... and tom woods is god...
Very helpful....Thanks??
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
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Basically by design they are all the same. I would call Tom Wood at the shop and talk to him, he can run you through all the subtle differences per company. Personally I would go with what Tom sells since you are buying your shaft from him.
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Basically by design they are all the same. I would call Tom Wood at the shop and talk to him, he can run you through all the subtle differences per company. Personally I would go with what Tom sells since you are buying your shaft from him.
That makes sense. I'll make that call. I know there are some subtle and not so subtle differences. I want this to be a one time install. Hopefully trouble free (no leaks and such). Thats why I want to get opinions from people who have installed and used different brands and can tell what is good or bad about each.
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I run the Advance Adapters SYE and TW shaft. AA had a deal going (not sure if still going on), $500 bucks for the SYE kit and a TW shaft. No complaints about the SYE; good instructions, quality parts, uses original VSS. Good Luck finding anyone who has had problems with it. My buddy runs the Super Short SYE by JB Conversions, I think this is like 3'' shorter then a standard SYE. Only issue is the special VSS it requires.

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Old 10-25-2011, 01:06 AM   #7
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Sorry minnwild1... It was ment to be a joke... It's a running theme on this site that the most expensive suspension parts and drivetrain components are the only way to go.... While I agree with that for hardcore rocks and mud, everyday street use which we all mostly do doesn't call for them... Check out the venders on here, there were some pretty good combo deals going on for a while.... I think Chris at jeep addons still has some left....
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There are differences, but all will get the the job done... and yes... TW is great! check around the venders spotlight, you will find deals there as well... combos.
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JB Conversions makes the best tail housings, period.

They do a great job of explaining why, as well.
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I ended up ordering a JB Conversions SYE and a Tom Woods shaft. I plan to install as soon as the DS gets here. I waited for the SYE for 3 weeks because whomever does their shafts had a delay and they were waiting onthe shafts. I am expecting the DS any day. TW said it shipped 2 days ago. That means it shipped 2 days after I ordered it. Pretty fast. I am hoping for the best.

I have driven my 00 TJ with an 8.8 and standard DS for ~2500 miles. It has some slight vibes at certain speeds. It seems that those vibes got worse about 3 weeks ago. The jeep has been parked since. What would go wrong with the 8.8 from vibes? Pinion Bearing? Or something worse? The 8.8 that i bought had a loose pinion nearing when I got it and the guy who sold it to me had it tightened by his mechanic friend with an impact.... I have a feeling i am going to pay dearly for not buying from ECGS or puting out more for a 44.
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You ordered your DS before installing the SYE? I thought you needed to take measurements before getting the DS. I'm asking because the SYE/CV DS is my next upgrade.
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I called and spoke with Tom Woods and told him exactly which model of SYE I ordered. I then took some measurements for him and he knew how long the shaft should be.
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I called and spoke with Tom Woods and told him exactly which model of SYE I ordered. I then took some measurements for him and he knew how long the shaft should be.
Sweet! That will save me some time from having to wait. Thanks for the info.
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i'm running the rugged ridge super short sye.
i believe its the same as the JB Conversions one...
at least it appears to be the same.
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I am expecting the shaft any day and will try to do the install this weekend. I will report if the shaft is the right length or not...
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I finally got everything installed. The SYE was easier than I had thought it would be. The DS was a bit short (He said the gap when the shaft is installed should be 1.5"), but not by much. It was 1/2" off. He said this is no big deal. He then offered that if I do a belly up skid, which I do plan to do at some point, that he would lengthen my shaft for free. Awesome. Haven't noticed any problems with the shaft supposedly being 1/2" shorter than optimal. My TC had a harmonic vibration dampner on it so that may have been the confusion when the tech was telling me where to make measurements.
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Pic of what I described.

Pic taken of the DS as it sits in the garage. 2" gap vs. 1.5" optimal.
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On the same subject, Rugged Ridge SYE kits seem to be very popular on the web. Does anyone have anything positive or negative to say about them?
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i'm running the super short sye from rugged ridge... have no issues with it.. very good buy.
it gives you a tone ring instead of the speedo gear.
only downside is my speedo is off even more. you can buy a speedo recalibration module to fix it. i use my gps speedo on my phone.
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I was originally going to run a tw shaft and AA sye but didn't want to drop that much coin on the combo and still have to buy adjustable uca. I found this guy on eBay and he is awesome. Haven't had a problem at all.

JEEP WRANGLER TJ SYE KIT & 1310 CV DRIVESHAFT SLIP YOKE ELIMINATOR 231J 231 | eBay
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I was originally going to run a tw shaft and AA sye but didn't want to drop that much coin on the combo and still have to buy adjustable uca. I found this guy on eBay and he is awesome. Haven't had a problem at all.

JEEP WRANGLER TJ SYE KIT & 1310 CV DRIVESHAFT SLIP YOKE ELIMINATOR 231J 231 | eBay
So if I would run a SYE I would need to run adjustable upper control arms as well?
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So if I would run a SYE I would need to run adjustable upper control arms as well?
Yep. You have to have adjustable uppers to adjust your pinion angle. Some people say you need uppers and lowers but most get away with only uppers.

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