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superlifted......driveshaft options???

so im gonna install my superlift but i dont want to break my d shaft....i would rather be unlifted than not have my 4x4........huntin seasons round the corner n i will need it....dont have the cash for the superlift D shaft.....any other options....cut the current on shorten it and add another u joint?.....swap in a manual t case n use a carden shaft....?if so which style will work whats the earliest yr....?all i know is i dont have 400 bucks to buy a D shaft when mine works fine the way it is.....ALSo whats the PreKEy lift ya'll keep talkin about
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pre key is for 08+ IIRC, so it doesnt matter with your truck.
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your front DS will still work. it will just start to wear out prematurely... it should still be good for another 10-20,000 miles.. or so before it fails.. that gives you time to save up.. and the pre key i believe is for the 08+ rangers that sit lower than previous years.. they can swap the keys from a 98+ ranger with torsion bars and gain more lift... i THINK!
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Stay stock until you have the money to get the SL drive shaft.
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i have a 3 inch BL on my truck so im not Stock per say .....i would like to have a manual t case.....what yrs will work i have a 5 spd.....anyone find a cheap SL D shaft anywhere?
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You can make yourself a Superlift shaft using a 95-97 Explorer shaft from a junkyard($50 or so), getting the adaptor for your current tcase($75-100), then getting that shaft shortened($50-$80). I built mine using brand new components at the cost of just under $300. I think it can easily be done for under $200.

Here's a nice very informative thread about the Superlift shaft alternative: https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...riveshaft.html


As said earlier, PreKey has to do with 08+ torsion bar trucks...your truck already has the PreKeys in it.
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ahhhh(BOWS DOWN TO THE MASTER) u dont know how many times i have searched for that thread.....thank you...
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building one like shane said is your cheapest option. $433 is the cheapest SL shaft I could find and I looked everywhere.

You never know how long your stock shaft is going to work though. I've seen it go out in 5 miles or they last 20K, so.
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shane once again taking all the credit
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Would it be better if I said some dude in texas inspired me to build my shaft....and he and I were racing to see who's shaft got done first? I won, he slacked? lol.





Eric Griggs aka RangerNVS has a shaft that is very similar to mine with almost the same end cost out of pocket, but I paid less. lol.
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ok i got my buddy that works in a JY lookin to get me a shaft.....got some prices.....110 bucks for the neapco adaptor.....90 bucks to cut n balance the shaft....seems kinda pricy for a cut n balance i might shorten it myself n have them balance it....but idk yet....also what was the measurement that is needed for how long the shaft will need to be
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Would it be better if I said some dude in texas inspired me to build my shaft....and he and I were racing to see who's shaft got done first? I won, he slacked? lol.





Eric Griggs aka RangerNVS has a shaft that is very similar to mine with almost the same end cost out of pocket, but I paid less. lol.

Shane that statement is WRONG on soooo many levels...LMAO.....least you can't say your's is bigger....LMAO
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ok i got my buddy that works in a JY lookin to get me a shaft.....got some prices.....110 bucks for the neapco adaptor.....90 bucks to cut n balance the shaft....seems kinda pricy for a cut n balance i might shorten it myself n have them balance it....but idk yet....also what was the measurement that is needed for how long the shaft will need to be
Find another shop. $90 is rediculous for a cut and rebalance. $90 is more like a lengthening price...or a shortening on a large shaft....this shaft is small. If there isn't another shop around, you're still way under the price of the Superlift shaft. I was getting prices ranging from $450 to upto $575 for the shaft. I kind of have it made being in a port city with tons of industrial areas and tons of semi-truck shops.

In that thread I linked, look at about page 6 for the links Zabeard posted. I think you can order them online from Six States Distributers for like $80...but it has been a while since I've clicked the links.

I don't remember the measurement needed....I bolted on the adaptor, then measured half moon to half moon. The guy at Six States measured the truck as well.
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word what shane said....ROFL
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I've seen it go out in 5 miles
what are your trying to say?
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what are your trying to say?
you worked your shaft for a very short time and it blew prematurely
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I'm gonna be selling my superlift shaft soon........hopefully.
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This isn't really going to help out the thread, but I had mine replaced under warranty so that I could have a spare when I went to cut mine up. The new shaft only lasted for 6,000 miles before it started slinging grease and clicking.
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I'm gonna be selling my superlift shaft soon........hopefully.
now you speak up
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Lol. Not a done deal yet anyway, and it'll probably be a month or 2 or 3 or so.
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ya i cant order from six states which seemed to be the cheapest on the adaptor....says u gotta log in as a retailer...idk.....on the lookout for a shaft....and ill dicker the guy at the driveline place down bc he wasnt sure on the price.....
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