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Old 08-06-2012, 07:27 PM   #1
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Exclamation Which type of Front Driveshafts

I have an automatic 2000 TJ with a slightly bent front driveshaft. Is there alternatives to finding a replacement driveshaft off of another type of jeep? I know there is another driveshaft sitting somewhere that'll fit for cheap!!

(question on measurements for driveshafts.... are they usually fully compressed, extended, or running?)

I'm sure this will help everyone out in saving money finding a spare DS!

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Old 08-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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Be wary, your 32RH automatic transmission means you need a specific "skinny" front driveshaft to clear the transmission's extra-wide body and pan. Which means you can't use most front driveshafts from other vehicles, most will be too large to clear the pan.

Having your driveshaft straightened by a driveshaft repair shop is a trivial task for them. Odds are very good they can restore your driveshaft back to perfect condition for less than you can acquire a suitable replacement for.

Note I said "driveshaft repair shop"... they are around, go find one. I have 3-4 within ten miles of my house. If you just take your driveshaft to a garage, dealer, or 4x4 shop, they will simply take it to the nearest driveshaft repair shop and then mark up the cost.

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Old 08-06-2012, 10:41 PM   #3
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Ok, I'll look around. Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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Don't be afraid to look outside your local area either. I have a few driveshaft shops within 50 miles or so of my house, but they are all absurdly expensive. It was cheaper for me to ship my DS out to Tom Wood and have him fix it than to have it fixed locally.
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