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post #1 of 8 Old 09-15-2015, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Front driveshaft question and suggestion!

Hi Guys,
I have a 2007 2-door Sahara with a 2.5" RK Flex lift, 15" wheel with 3.75 backspacing and 33" Duratracs. I have had the current lift for about 3 yrs, and haven't been doing much wheeling, so the drive shaft has lasted for about 30k miles. I had a 2" spacer kit before that for 70k miles as well. The jeep is currently at 115k miles.

During a recent trip to Moab, I started to hear a clicking noise when turning in 4WD and after some research here, it looks like my front driveshaft is going and will need a new one. Has anybody had issues with the rear driveshaft, does that usually need replacing? Just thinking if I should get both replaced at the same time.

Have been reading reviews on all that is available and seems like Adams is recommended by quite a few folks here. Tatton would be cheapest. Welcome to other suggestions as well!

Another question is, it appears that Adams and even others have an option for the connection type at the axle (flange style vs yoke). I dont have any experience with the pros and cons of either, can anybody please explain the advantages of one over the other.

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-15-2015, 12:26 PM
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When I put my PR in I swithched to the yoke style with "U" bolts. They are stronger and there are more options especially if you go bigger on "U" joint size later on.

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with that amount of lift and tire size , I'd order a Tom Wood's or JEReel front shaft and call it good ; the rear will last longer & if it doesn't , TeraFlex now makes a Rzeppa rebuild kit that has a collar around the boot that allows for much more flex . Contrary to the varying reports , Wood's still makes a great shaft with great customer spprt for that front and it has a solid replacement flange .... just get yourself prepared to grease twice a year .....


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First, make sure it's your drive shaft, especially if it's still the stock shaft. The OEM shaft will most likely have a tear in the boot and you will see grease slung all over underneath in the immediate vicinity of the boot tear.

Second, since you say you hear it while turning, check both front axle shafts u-joints - best indicator something is wrong there is if you see a raised bearing cap or a bunch of dark grease staining the u-joint meaning a grease seal has failed on joint.

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Thanks. I'll check out the U-Joints.

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The U-Joints look fine. Tried to put it in 4wd, and it was making loud clicking noise. Definitely the drive shafts.
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I went with Adams and couldn't be happier. There price was actually cheaper than what was advertised. Customer service is great. When I received the shafts one was damaged in shipping called them up they had another one built and sent to me in 3 days.

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Ordered the flange style Adams 1310 drive shaft after talking to them. Should get it in a few days.
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