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6" of lift - new driveshafts needed?

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Yep. I had to replace my rear driveshaft on my Bronco when i did the 6" lift, the stock driveshaft couldn't work with the angle. This happened to me on the trails with the stocker:
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Yep. I had to replace my rear driveshaft on my Bronco when i did the 6" lift, the stock driveshaft couldn't work with the angle. This happened to me on the trails with the stocker:

Where did you get yours?
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on a ranger ? doubtful. im still running a stock one.

is yours a single driveshaft? or is it a 2 piece?
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Where did you get yours?
I took it to a place here in NJ that specializes in driveshafts, it cost me $250 for a new one.
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on a ranger ? doubtful. im still running a stock one.

is yours a single driveshaft? or is it a 2 piece?
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since you have a single cab, then no you wont need a longer driveshaft......however, if you go any higher than the 6" they yes you will....
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With the angle of a 6" lift, do you need to tilt anything to make the u-joint have to flex less or is length the only issue? does the same thing apply to the front?
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when you lift the rear, whatever you use if it is a manufactured unit will rotate the nose of the axle up to the proper pinion angle...
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nope, sorry - its a 2piece...
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then yes you should get a 1 piece driveshaft.....get one out of a '98+ Ranger extended cab 4x4 (3.0 or 4.0 it doesn't matter)......it will bolt right in....HOWEVER you will have to remove the carrier bearing cross member.....it is NOT a structural cross member....i talked with several Ford engineers before i removed mine....i have had mine out for almost 2 years without a single problem...
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get rid of that 2 piece if you can. carrier bearings are known for causing driveline vibrations in trucks with lifts. they make drops for some trucks, but not sure about a ranger.
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then yes you should get a 1 piece driveshaft.....get one out of a '98+ Ranger extended cab 4x4 (3.0 or 4.0 it doesn't matter)......it will bolt right in....HOWEVER you will have to remove the carrier bearing cross member.....it is NOT a structural cross member....i talked with several Ford engineers before i removed mine....i have had mine out for almost 2 years without a single problem...
Will do - easily. Thanks man. Would any other trucks have one that'll bolt in?


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get rid of that 2 piece if you can. carrier bearings are known for causing driveline vibrations in trucks with lifts. they make drops for some trucks, but not sure about a ranger.
That explains the chatter I've been trying to figure out since I've lifted. Ive even changed out the carrier bearing.. no dice.
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Would any other trucks have one that'll bolt in?
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