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Old 01-06-2014, 12:24 AM
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Hey guys what's sup? Hope everyone is jeeping. Listen I did a rough trail this weekend and when we took a brake I checked the bottom of my jeep to see if everything was okay. And I saw that On my front drive shaft I ripped the black boot (Protection sleeve that's held on by clamps) and so I was wondering,what now do I look in to new shafts or can I just find another protection to replace it? Ima a newbie.

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Old 01-06-2014, 04:26 AM   #2
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Yes replace the boot. If not dirt and stuff will get in it and you will have to replace the shaft.
When you get the new boot pull apart the shaft clean and lube it up than put the new boot on.

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The boots are not replaceable. You should start looking for a new shaft now. It will continue to function, however you are "on the clock". Are you lifted? Were your sway bars disconnected?
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It is not a factory supplied part. any driveline shop has access to them
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The slip or CV boot ? Both are now replaceable, well the CV joint is. Slip boot is nothing. The cost of a new CV replacement makes no sense because of the cost.
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Check and see where it may be contacting. Exhaust or transmission. Sounds like you ran disconnected. Also check and see if the driveshaft has any contact marks on it.



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Old 01-06-2014, 12:57 PM
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The boots are not replaceable. You should start looking for a new shaft now. It will continue to function, however you are "on the clock". Are you lifted? Were your sway bars disconnected?
4inch procomp and yes I was disconnected
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The slip or CV boot ? Both are now replaceable, well the CV joint is. Slip boot is nothing. The cost of a new CV replacement makes no sense because of the cost. https://www.google.com/search?q=jeep...46887610525745
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Check and see where it may be contacting. Exhaust or transmission. Sounds like you ran disconnected. Also check and see if the driveshaft has any contact marks on it. Bob K.
It doesn't seem to.
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the Rzeppa joint will cause the driveshaft to fail if it is leaking, OP is talking about the silly rubber accordian on the shaft. I have never seen one that wasnt ripped lol
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Mine ripped. It was hitting the transmission. On the 42RLE there is a stray bolt on the driver's side that is outside on the other bolts. I am running a 3.5" RE lift. The boot ripped, I figured no big deal. A year later, I have a transmission leak. The driveshaft was hitting the pan at that bulge in the pan. Driveshaft shows 3 or 4 good contact areas at different places along the driveshaft. One contact actually bradded the outer to inner section of the slip joint. Locking out the shaft.

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I actually never ripped the accordion boot on the driveshaft.

My aftermarket driveshaft doesnt have one.

Is it really needed?

I say just grease it every 3000 miles and after every hard wheeling trip.
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This what it looks like. Made a few dings to something on the left side of it?
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Here is what mine looked like. Along with the Tatton replacement.




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You need an aftermarket driveshaft. A tatton would be a great and economical choice, that's what i run as well. Stock one is an inferior type of tubing and much bigger diameter, which makes it hit things with lifts.
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the boot kit is like 11 bucks. easy to do. took me about 30min the first time with no instructions
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This what it looks like. Made a few dings to something on the left side of it?
Same problem I had. Eventually I destroyed the pan and the driveshaft. The clock is ticking.


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the boot kit is like 11 bucks. easy to do. took me about 30min the first time with no instructions
It's hitting his transmission and it's going to hit it some more and rip the new one too. Needs a smaller diameter driveshaft.
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You have pictured, the bottom bolt is the one that actually is outboard of the rest and is the one the driveshaft is hitting. Are you running adjustable control arms? I am not. The missus is on her rig and the boot is still intact on her rig.

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Same problem I had. Eventually I destroyed the pan and the driveshaft. The clock is ticking. Bob K.
What's the difference between 1310 and 1350
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You have pictured, the bottom bolt is the one that actually is outboard of the rest and is the one the driveshaft is hitting. Are you running adjustable control arms? I am not. The missus is on her rig and the boot is still intact on her rig. Bob K.
No I don't have the control arms
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what about a drag link
is your front axle out of center. this too will cause it to rub the pan and tear.
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What's the difference between 1310 and 1350
1310 is a standard type Ujoint for 1/2 ton applications. 1350 is the same for 3/4 to 1ton applications.

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what about a drag link
is your front axle out of center. this too will cause it to rub the pan and tear.
That'd actually be the trac bar. And FWIW, my axle was centered when it did this.


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No I don't have the control arms
I think that is the problem. As I stated, I am running the stock control arms. And this happened. The missus has a long arm kit. She runs the same trails I do. And she runs disconnected. Her boot is still intact.

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1310 is probably overkill for most of our jeeps, 1350 is way overkill. I run 1310.

Nice thing is once you get an aftermarket driveshaft, those 1310 ujoints are... between $15 and $40 a piece. You'll have 6 of them. They'll last a long time if you keep greasing em.
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That'd actually be the trac bar. And FWIW, my axle was centered when it did this.


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yeah brain fart

push it to the left a half inch
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Wouldn't cure it. I ate that much off of that bulge in the case.


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This what it looks like. Made a few dings to something on the left side of it?
Yes not really a big deal. I mean aftermarket shafts don't cover the slip joint. It will eventually dry out without a grease zerk. Slap some grease on it and a new cover.

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yeah brain fart push it to the left a half inch
Yep some will favor the driver side 1/8 or so

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