It's the rear drive shaft, not the front ones. The front shaft from the transfer case to the front axle flange has been postponed due to lack of funds.
Double cardan at the transfer case rear output, and a single u joint at the rear axle pinion flange... it's a one piece drive shaft.
I'll crawl under there and get some pics to clear this all up tomorrow.
BTW, I had to replace the centering ball. Talked to the guys at the truck parts store where I found the boot that covers the ball (gasp
, someone had it!?!) and several of them said it's a major PITA to replace the centering ball by pressing it out of the old yoke. They stopped doing that years ago and just replace the yoke now, it's only 30 bucks more than a centering ball kit.
So I got a new one with with the ball and everything, and pressed the boot on.
Dealership wanted 436 bucks for the front yoke with the centering ball. No boot with it either... Bollocks.
I replaced every joint and the front yoke/centering ball and bought the boot for about 140 bucks... took me some time since that boot was quite elusive, but I git r done...
This thing went together a hell of a lot easier than it came apart... salt+steel= lots and lots of rust... caps rusted in, clips rusted in... yeah, it was a PITA, but my cheapo 1 ton HF arbor press paid for itself a third time and made the job a lot easier. I was reefing on that thing with a cheater pipe to get one of the joints to move, lol.
If you're in Michigan and can't find the boot or whatever, send me a PM, I'll tell you where I bought the yoke and boot. They should be willing to ship it.
BTW, I noticed a bunch of grease with what looks like metal powder/small flakes by the rear pinion flange on the diff, there isn't any play on the pinion flange back and forth or side to side, but there is some noticeable backlash. I'll have to snag a photo of that too, I've never seen it on any of the other vehicles with rear diffs that I own.
Either way, I might be picking up some spare parts for this money pit soon, like an 8.8 or better yet, a Dana 44 or 60 3.73 rear axle and other small stuff. Maybe the front Dana 44 TTB set up off an F150... anyone say long travel Superlifted Danger Ranger?
And I should've taken a pic of that giant *** big rig yoke that was sitting on a parts bench at the shop... makes even a Dana 80 pinion yoke look like a child's toy... it completely dwarfed the little yoke off of the Ranger.
This damn thing is trying to drain me bank account... but even so, I still like the truck...