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one piece drive shaft question

i was reading the one piece drive shaft swap on TRS.

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1. Can i comepletly remove the crossmember that hold the carrier bearing for the drive shaft? the one pictures makes it look like you can but im not sure.



I just figured out why i have a bad vibration and the carrier bearing is shot on my 2 piece and i want a nice one piece shaft



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Pretty sure the carrier bearing cross-member is also a support for the gas tank.
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You don't need to remove it for the one piece. That cross member helps hold everything together, and since you arent lifted much (if any) you will definitely be fine by leaving it in. As a matter of fact, you really should leave it in b/c like I said, it is a structural piece.
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well i have a little lift in the back now because i just installed exploder leafs
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thats not lift thats rake
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haha pretty much now my truck needs leveled
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I cut my member out. Its not holding anything, and at full rear flex the bigger dia. custom shaft I have now clipped it some. Its been almost 8 months now and no problems without it.

If you decide on a 1 piece I hope your goes right in. I was thinking mine was til I was a week without a truck.
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^^ what problems did you have? and you completely removed the cross member and nothing bed has happend
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Drilled the rivets out and pulled it out. I know many people that have and have not had a problem. Only thing its holding is the bearing.

My truck is only 2wd and I had vibration real bad so I put in another bearing. 3 months later it was shot. I went to the junk yard and got a shaft out of a 2wd thinking it would be the same length. Wrong. 3 inches to short. Measured and took it back. No shaft was long enough for my 2wd. Checked with other yards and nothing the right length.

Finally got a shaft made for $212. No problems now. Just was a headache dealing with it. So measure from the diff ring to the tranny before going out to get a shaft. Although 4x4 shafts should be the same. I thought 4x2 shafts would be the same.
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alright thanks man i thinking im going to be getting one for 15 buck here in the next couple weeks
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