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Front drive shaft...%[email protected]#$%#

This thing has been so aggrevating! What you would normally think is a 5 minute job has been a real PITA! First the cage and ***** escaped there happy home, after fighting them for hours the finally gave up and decided to pop right in. Cool. So tonight I get under the truck to bolt the shaft in and its too long...so after a short battle I realize I don't have a driveshaft shortener in my tool box so I disassemble it and flip the center stator (or what ever its called) over and that makes it just short enough that I can get it into place with slight persuasion. Ok so far so good but(seems there is always a but) the transfer case end is not square with the flange. Now you would think that its basically a cv joint and should flex a little...nope nada nilch!!! The SOB stays square with the shaft and won't budge...anybody?
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pics?

when i went to put my stock drive shaft in when i got to wyoming i had to take the bearing caps off to fit it in the yoke then put them back one.. if thats what's going on.
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No I got the ujoint end, its the other end by the transfer case. Should the cv joint on that end swivel by hand?
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yeah, i did the same thing. take it back apart, and keep trying different ways. before you get it completely back together make sure that it gimbals like it should. it took me quite a few tries. Trial and error is the only way i know.
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Thanks Chris, I thought I was doing something wrong. Took a couple pics...I was begining to wonder if the trans mount a crossmember were the wrong ones, they are from the 2wd edge.

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yeah, looks like the same problem i had, but i didn't put it back under my truck until it was right. when you go to put it back together, don't try to line up the the ball cage with the outer race. actually stagger it a notch. if you look, two grooves are close together then a larger gap then the next two are close together. line the two close together groves in the race up with the two close together holes in the cage. it will go together a lot easier. oh yeah, all of the ***** go in somewhat at once.
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^ sorry if it is confusing, it is really hard to explain without having it in front of me.
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I know what you mean I've had it apart a couple times. Like you said I will probably have to use trial and error to get it right. I won't get a chance to work on it again til saturday. Tommorrows the wifes b-day.
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well good luck and happy birthday you your wife. let me know if you get it or nor or if you have any more questions.

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Will do Thanks
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That end of the shaft should definitely swivel by hand. If its any harder than that I think you have a problem. It might be time to find a used shaft somewhere.
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That end of the shaft should definitely swivel by hand. If its any harder than that I think you have a problem. It might be time to find a used shaft somewhere.
no he doesn't to get another shaft, he just needs to put it back together correctly.
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no he doesn't to get another shaft, he just needs to put it back together correctly.
IIRC my ***** didn't escape my cage. They stayed put when I took it out.
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did you take the joint apart or just open it up? there shouldn't be anything that would hold the ***** in the cage.
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That end of the shaft should definitely swivel by hand. If its any harder than that I think you have a problem. It might be time to find a used shaft somewhere.
i have a good used one, but needs a front U joint.
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I got it together I didn't have the spacing staggard and thats why it wouldn't pivot. It was a pain in the a**!!
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Thanks again Chris, your comments helped me figure it out.
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yup, no problem man. glad i could help.


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IIRC my ***** didn't escape my cage. They stayed put when I took it out.

aaa hahahaha,

Sorry, couldn't help it.. and not really helping in any way.. other then, GO TEAM GO!
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