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Old 05-31-2006
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Don't worry about the paint throwing your driveshaft out of balance. My work also has a driveline division ( we make OEM shafts, quite possiably the ones on your truck, as well as for Spicer)

We paint our shafts after we balance them all day long. If you think about it when you paint it's only a few microns thick. You would need a whole lot of paint to amount to any kinda of weight imbalance.

But as for the rust a steel shaft is at leat 1/8" thick at minimum. You would need alot of rust to weaken the shaft.
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Don't worry about the paint throwing your driveshaft out of balance. My work also has a driveline division ( we make OEM shafts, quite possiably the ones on your truck, as well as for Spicer)

We paint our shafts after we balance them all day long. If you think about it when you paint it's only a few microns thick. You would need a whole lot of paint to amount to any kinda of weight imbalance.

But as for the rust a steel shaft is at leat 1/8" thick at minimum. You would need alot of rust to weaken the shaft.
My only concern is that Rangers are known to be prone to driveshaft vibration problems. The reason for the 93mph speed limiter is a limitation in the driveshaft! I don't doubt that the effect is minimal, but if you have a driveshaft that may already be slightly out of spec (I had mine rebalanced to solve a vibration, although I don't think I lost a weight,) painting it might make it worse instead of better. If the concern is purely cosmetic, rust converter is easier than painting anyway, you can just rub it on with a rag.
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well it's no secret that Ford routinly undersizes it's components and uses the cheapest parts possable.

If your driveshaft is so out of balance that paint affects it you have more serious prolems.

Another possable cause of the vibration is the yokes could be out of phase. They need to be 90 degrees to each other. If they are off a degree or two that can cause issues at high speed as well.

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My only concern is that Rangers are known to be prone to driveshaft vibration problems. The reason for the 93mph speed limiter is a limitation in the driveshaft! I don't doubt that the effect is minimal, but if you have a driveshaft that may already be slightly out of spec (I had mine rebalanced to solve a vibration, although I don't think I lost a weight,) painting it might make it worse instead of better. If the concern is purely cosmetic, rust converter is easier than painting anyway, you can just rub it on with a rag.
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Mines alumn also, but i think someone replaced it at one point, its very large...

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Yeah it is lol. I was looking at that when I followed you to the bank. I was like wtf? lol

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ive got an aluminum driveshaft, then it bent. which sucks...
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mine was rusted to hell before it left the lot brand new, spindles too.
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look at your exhaust manifolds , mine are so crusty looking.. haha too bad they're gettin replaced with some ceramic coated JBA's!
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The Al shafts went into the extended cab Rangers when Ford found out that the weight of such a long steel shaft would make a loud "clunk" as the truck began to move. Some folks were able to get their steel shafts exchanged, till Ford got cheap and shut down the "silent" recall. Regular cabs come with the steel shaft, and it will rust fairly quickly. There's a lot of steel there, so I wouldn't worry about it. If you're worried about that, I suggest not looking at the steel pan that covers the bottom of your steering column.
That explains that clunk that Ive been seaching for over the past 4 years....
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