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Finished building my front driveshaft.

Hey y'all,
I don't know if anyone read my old thread about building a front driveshaft disconnect, but here is my newest version of that shaft. At first I just kept the CV and added the disconnect, which helped for a while, but I got tired of rebuilding that stupid CV.

We took a rear driveshaft from and 85ish F250 for parts. Sorry for the cell phone pics, I don't have time to get a camera and take pictures when I am building things.

Tell me what you think.
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Finished.
New shaft on the right.
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New shaft on the left.
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And a pic of my BFH:
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hope it does what you want it to do.
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interesting. not sure about just welding it but i dont know much about driveshafts.
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i'm a little curious if that rear joint is still going to bind up on ya with the superlift. the angle of the dangle is my little concern area with that new shaft.
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Don't they normally use a double cardan for that joint?
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the superlift shaft does.

They make Ujoints that will get about 38* of motion, he should be fine.
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The joint doesn't bind at all.

It fit snug inside of the outer race of the CV. It is welded on the inside and out, not just that short bead that you can see.

The single U-joint should be fine, with that disconnect that joint doesn't spin all the time. At least there is no load on it when it isn't locked in.

I had the truck out last night and it did well, no problems so far.
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looks good wish i had the skills to build stuff like that
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what do you use to run the disconnect collar? just get under there and use your hand? and where did the disconnect shaft come from?
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the jeep drive shaft i had vibrated like a biach.. but if yours doesn't then good
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what do you use to run the disconnect collar? just get under there and use your hand? and where did the disconnect shaft come from?
Yes, there is a cable/linkage mechanism that I could mount up under there, but that would just kinda busy under there. More things to break. Plus, I am not opposed to getting out, it would be like having lock-out hubs I suppose.

It is a driveshaft for an automatic vehicle that would be towed for long distances. (i.e. behind an RV) It allows the rear axle to spin freely from the rest of the drivetrain. It is actually a quite expensive part. ~$1,000

Here is what it looked like before, along with the locking/unlocking mechanism:
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ad.php?t=60413

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the jeep drive shaft i had vibrated like a biach.. but if yours doesn't then good
No vibrations at all when it is unlocked. Remember, that joint only spins when locked in. When it is locked in it is just a slight vibration, and that could just be that it isn't balanced.

The collar does rattle a little, but I need to put new detents in it and maybe it will stop.
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