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Old 12-23-2008
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It seemed like there was a factory driveshaft that would work with a flange change that wouldn't have any binding problems. But I can't remember what it was off or what thread it was posted in.

Maybe look in the jy for now even if you just get a factory one for a little while to get through the season.
you are thinking of the double cardon shaft found on 97 and older rangers/explorers. instead of this sh!tty ball flange bs, it's basically two ujoints that make up the double cardon joint.

you can run this type of shaft with a 98+ case using an adaptor or converting the front flange of the case to the 97 and older style that alreadyrun this style shaft.

comparison of a 98+ shaft and a shortened 97 and older shaft...
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Old 12-24-2008
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Problem solved and cured...


Well..upon further investigation, the front differential was pivoting up and down when engaged in 4wd....the pinion yoke was rubbing against the RCD crossmember when the axle pivoted downward in 4wd(which caused the noise Tre was hearing). This extreme movement of the diff tore up the stock boot on the tcase side of the front shaft, and destroyed the shaft. It's been talked about before but not documented very well, but the culprit was the RCD triangle diff drop bracket that comes un-reinforced like the Superlift Drop bracket does in the same location. Stay tuned for a new thread entitled "A word for any and all who have an RCD lift or are considering one"....this will put in detail what happened in this case...and if you have an RCD and have not done encountered this isue....you may someday down the road.

Tre got like 22k out of his. The breaking of that one bracket caused the diff to pivot and rip up his stock shaft.

The drop bracket has been welded back together, gusseted, and a superlift front shaft has been installed.

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Rubbed up RCD rear drop crossmember...
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only because tre's truck is a ***** on the site...
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Yeah. So here's my advice.

You can run that stock shaft forever. Had that bracket not broken into two complete pieces, I'd still be rockin my stock shaft. It wasn't the shaft that caused the problem. It was the RCD bracketry.

So to those saying I told you so... Hold it, because it wasn't the shaft.

Just glad I got it all fixed up and it's good to go. Only $400 for the shaft after callin up a buddy who owns a 4wd shop who ran down in the horrible weather we're having and between first call to have it ordered and time I picked it up was bout 4 hours. It's nice to know people :-)

Shane did an awesome job with the pics and commenting on what happened, so thanks dogg! Hopefully this will alert people.
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Also worth noting: This bracket which broke, is what locates your pinion angle. Bracket brakes, then pinion moves, caused a bigger angle on the shaft, thus destroying the shaft. the shaft would be good to go had it not been this bracket. heads up.



Tre...just wait a few days on my thread. lol.
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Glad y'all found the problem.

Hopefully mine never does that.
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Stay tuned for a new thread entitled "A word for any and all who have an RCD lift or are considering one"
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Shane FTW.
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Shane FTW.
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Glad y'all found the problem.

Hopefully mine never does that.
Matt if I were you I'd gusset that thing as soon as possible. I talked to another guy who has RCD and he said his bracket broke in the exact place mine did.

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Matt if I were you I'd gusset that thing as soon as possible. I talked to another guy who has RCD and he said his bracket broke in the exact place mine did.


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Nice dude. Then you're good to go!
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Yeah Tre, i think i was one of the ones pushing Matt to gusset it before the install. lol.


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hahaha...ok. sweeet....my works been done for me! thanks gumby! lol.
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hahaha...ok. sweeet....my works been done for me! thanks gumby! lol.
WHAT?! Shane you didn't SEARCH?!?!?!?!?!
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WHAT?! Shane you didn't SEARCH?!?!?!?!?!
Yep. Not only do I not read threads before i post, i also do not use the search function.


ah hahaha.
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Yep. Not only do I not read threads before i post, i also do not use the search function.

What kind of a member ARE you?!

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