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post #1 of 11 Old 04-30-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tom Woods Front Driveshaft in progress...

Turned my jeep into a very expensive prerunner! Yolks are next, hopefully tonight will finish the install, took me 1.5 hours with hand tools to get the stock shaft out. Theres not much clearance for the 8-8mm bolts that secure it to the tcase. Had someone step on the brake so I could break the loc-tite on the axle end. Everytime I tried to move those 4-15mm bolts, the Jeep would move forward and hit my ribcage! Great instructions on the TW website, would have been nice to have an impact wrench to attach to my new VIAIR system...


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Took it for a spin without the front driveshaft and ALL of the vibration is gone. Felt like a new Jeep!

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Took it for a spin without the front driveshaft and ALL of the vibration is gone. Felt like a new Jeep!
without it?

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here is what i went by along with the instructions,my mis take was using an impact lol

YouTube - JK-Adventure.com How To: Installing Tom Woods JK Driveshafts
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Yeah, I took out the front shaft and took it for a spin without. I left the stock yolks in though...duh. Im not an idiot, but I hesitate when I get to a point that I have no experience. I watched the video three times prior. Was gonna do the yolks tonight, but realized I dont have any silicone. Thought I did. Anyone know if regular silicone caulk is okay or do I need high temp silicone? TW didnt specify. Perhaps a call is in order unless someone here has more experience...than TW

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so which one was causing your vibration?
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i was about to say that the youtube video is pretty strait forward. it's soo crazy how much skinnier the tw's shaft is compared to the oem one. jeep should take a hint...

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so which one was causing your vibration?
Im replacing the front only for now. I gotta tell ya that removing the yolks is a bitch. I had it regeared when it was lifted. Impact wrench wouldnt even budge the axle pinion nut. Took about 2 hours just to remove the front flange and about 15 minutes to clean the pinion shaft and install the new one.

I used a blow torch to heat up all of the loc-tite that was used on the new pinion shaft and then about 15 blasts of the impact wrench to free the nut.

Still running in 2WD with no shaft installed. The tcase flange is next. That hasnt been switched out so I am naively hoping it will be easier to get off, expecially since Im going to need a serious extension on the impact wrench just to access it even with the tcase skid removed. You have to come at if from in front of the exhaust, at least with my impact wrench.

Tomorrow...

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Did you use penetrating oil the night before and an hour before? Has worked for me on pesky seized bolts in the past.
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Just did my front Sunday. I used a 2 foot breaker bar on the transfer case yoke and it broke lose with no fuss.
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