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Old 12-18-2010
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Anybody swap to a aluminum driveshaft?

A friend of mine owns a performance shop, i was there today and he game me a aluminum driveshaft out of a 95 F-150. I would have to get it cut and rebalanced to fit on my 2007 2.3L single cab for it to fit but before i spend the money. Would it weigh less than the factory steel shaft or even be worth it?

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Wayne

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THat is sweet...but it's going to cost so much money to get it cut down and welded and rebalanced (because its aluminum). I would figure the time it would take to pay back that investment would be too long to warrant the swap.

Although, it is a super badass upgrade. I wish i could find an AL shaft for my std. cab.
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Oh, and it'll weight less than the factory. THis means less rotating mass, and therefore increase in power/mpg.
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just get an aluminum driveshaft for the same powertrain and wheelbase you have from an older truck that came aluminum...thats what i did on mine and my dads old 93 he had
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just get an aluminum driveshaft for the same powertrain and wheelbase you have from an older truck that came aluminum...thats what i did on mine and my dads old 93 he had
OP has a reg cab. AFAIK, they never offered an aluminum shaft on a reg cab. only the ext cabs.

To the OP, if it's out of a f150, the yokes may not even work for your trans or rear end. i would just sell it. if you have any plans to lower, the larger diamter shaft becomes an issue as well.
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I dont plan on doing a full drop. I cant decide if i want to level the front up or level the rear down. This shaft was free, all it cost me was a Big Mac at Mickey D's. If it cost alot to make it work then i wont be doing this mod. Im going to be doing some research and seeing what the cost will be to make it fit.

I wonder what if any performance/mpg gains i would gain!?

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honestly, probably none that are noticeable. it may weigh a little less, but has more surface area. a lot of people swap them into the ext cab to get rid of the 2 piece shaft with the carrier bearing.
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I guess it will just depend on the price to make it fit. Would look badass polished out under the truck, not that you would even see it!

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i dont think it will be worth the time or money
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Aluminum driveshaft

I have a 94 short bed std cab, swaped in a 97 4x2 4 dr. aluminum shaft, you will need a front slip yoke from a ranger and a combination 1310 to 1330 u joint but it fits like a glove for under 100 dollars!!!! M50d trans forgot to say that. 95-96 explorer 4x2, or 97-00 explorer 4x2, 50 9/16th" shaft legnth center to center, 55.5" pinion flange to trans seal. Wish I had this info but I'll share to save some gas on ya'lls part.
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Their is a 1330 slip yoke but it has a big balancer on it so I went with the standard 1310 yoke and a combination U joint. No vibration up to 90 mph so far.
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