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Icon5 FRONT DRIVESHAFT? Help

One day coming off the trail onto the highway i hear this awful "POPPING" sound. To me it sounds like the front drive shaft is binding up and iv been told its the transfer case but when i take took the front dirve shaft out out the sound completely went away. So iv been a poser:( for like 6 months now i paid to get the transfer case rebuilt and that wasnt it.

(4in sus lift and the drive shaft was new and longer and 4 months old when the sound popped up) Please help and let me know if u have had this problem to
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If you're still running the stock driveshaft with a 4" lift, then it's shot, and it's a known problem. The cure is a driveshaft with a double-carden joint instead of the stock CV joint. Superlift makes them.
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are you able to have a front driveshaft made??? instead of buying the double carden one from superlift??
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yes you can have one made :
See this post that me and shane put together with the help of other's

https://www.ranger-forums.com/f37/fr...veshaft-73188/
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I bought the superlift drive shaft when i got the lift and that shaft was NOT cheap. Im not to technically advanced yet but im learning and hearing about a double carden shaft is something i will have to look into. But you all think its def the drive shaft? That was my guess but flippin mechanics swore it was the transfer case
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ok so you have the superlift driveshaft, and had it installed when this noise showed up. You pulled the shaft out, and noise went away. YOu've had the t-case rebuilt. How bout the ujoints on the shaft? Are they in good shape. By doing process of elimination you can narrow it down. How bout your outer hubs? I would check everything that TURNS when you have 4wd engaged. CV shafts, hubs, front diff, t-case.
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Ya if those are my choices on what it could be than it has to be the drive shaft cause i know everyhthing else is ok. I took it to ford and EVERYTHING checked accept the t case cause they said it would be cheaper to just replace it than tear it apart. (re-re's)
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does anyone have a superlift driveshaft or one like rangernvs has made???
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does anyone have a superlift driveshaft or one like rangernvs has made???
90% of the people who have a suspension lift have a superlift shaft or custom shaft.

The other 10% will eventually get one as well because the stock shaft WILL go out


and to the OP, did you ever grease your superlift shaft?
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90% of the people who have a suspension lift have a superlift shaft or custom shaft.

The other 10% will eventually get one as well because the stock shaft WILL go out
how much do you think it would be to get one made???
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Usually 200 to 300, need an explorer shaft, adapter, then get is shortened and balanced. I think that is it
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would that be something good to do or just do the superlift one??
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ya that the first thing i tried and it went away for about 2min then came right back
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It is just as good as the superlift shaft and cheaper you just have to deal with finding the parts and knowing of a good driveline shop
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yea i think we have a good driveline shop around here so is that all i need. explorer shaft, adapter
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yea i think we have a good driveline shop around here so is that all i need. explorer shaft, adapter

go through that link that rangerNVS posted, it has everything you need
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ok thanks
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dude....see link Griggs' posted above. All the info you need
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Got my drive shaft rebuilt yesterday gonna slap it in today and see what happens...
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