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Old 03-13-2009, 09:15 PM   #1
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make ur own drive shaft

has anybody heard of people fabricating their own driveshafts out of square tubing and ow to make a cv type drive shaft too

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Actually i have seen alot of people who do RC use the agricultural driveshafts. they are built to lengthen automatically and if they are strong enough to use on a 24" diameter ground drill then they are definitely strong enough for a jeep. I actually used to help out on a farm that we modified one for use on a pickup truck that we converted the back to a hay wagon. hell we use to beat the hell outa that thing. might be what you are thinking about but not sure.

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Actually i have seen alot of people who do RC use the agricultural driveshafts. they are built to lengthen automatically and if they are strong enough to use on a 24" diameter ground drill then they are definitely strong enough for a jeep. I actually used to help out on a farm that we modified one for use on a pickup truck that we converted the back to a hay wagon. hell we use to beat the hell outa that thing. might be what you are thinking about but not sure.

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ever seen a write up on this? i would be interested in trying that.
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has anybody heard of people fabricating their own driveshafts out of square tubing and ow to make a cv type drive shaft too
Yes.
Square Driveshaft
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Old 03-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #6
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what do you think of the square driveshaft on a non dd vehicle?
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I wouldn't run one on anything other than a dedicated trail rig.
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ya that's what i was thinking. my trail rig is not completely dedicated to that. i sometimes use it just to drive down the road. i don't think those shafts would never be balanced enough to drive at anything other than offroad speed.
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i`ve been looking around and i`m almost sure that if u install a sye kit u can run a s-10 front drive shaft, doesnt have the dble u-joint up front but would slip in the middle and installing the sye kit would lengthen the shaft so the angle would be way better just a thought...
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i`ve been looking around and i`m almost sure that if u install a sye kit u can run a s-10 front drive shaft, doesnt have the dble u-joint up front but would slip in the middle and installing the sye kit would lengthen the shaft so the angle would be way better just a thought...
that is good to know. that is basically why some rock crawlers are turing to the agricultural drive shafts. because they slip in the middle and they are made to be used with many different length machines. so you can get one that is 30 inches long that will epand a foot if needed without any major sacrifice in the strength. they are usually a ujoint on a long piece of solid square stock about 1.5 - 2 inches square. that slips inside the rear piece that is round with a square notch cut down the center. they are fairly heavy and definitely heavy duty. Like i said i ran one on a drill with a 22 inch hole bit on it. I ran the hell outa that thing into rocky clay soil and onlythings i ever broke was about 50 shear bolts Grade 8 (so they snap instead of bend). definitely strong. I will find some links to these i know several people who run them but have to get some pics.

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i think it sounds cool. but it also sounds like they may be too heavy duty for antying that sees street speeds. even 25 or more maybe. i'm thinking of the weight of that thing turning, and putting stress on output bearings and such. any thoughts?
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it might be overkill for a street ride. We had one on a truck we used to deliver hay and it worked great but I agree it is fairly heavy but never really compared it to a stock shaft so not sure 100% how much more it would be.
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well i know a guy that has a cj-7 w/ 6" suspension and he runs an s-10 front drive shaft in the rear of his jeep with no problems.... this could be a cheap solution to getting rid of the slip yoke without buying a $300 drive shaft
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i have an issue of 4wheel drive mag and some guy with a chevy made his own out of that square tubing and says they hold up good. yyou would just have to slide a slightly smaller tube into another then fab ends onto it. honestly i dont think it would be that hard to do. just cut a flange off a normal drive shaft and weld it onto the square tubing. i mean im sure its more in depth then that but its a start

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