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4" ruff country front drive line wont fit!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BiggerRigger, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. BiggerRigger

    BiggerRigger Registered Member

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    As the title says My front drive line is about an inch to short. Is this common on this kit and is there a fix or do I need a new front shaft?
    Thanks
    Aaron
     
  2. trailblazr81

    trailblazr81 1/2 ton status

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    When I did a 4" lift on my K5 about 6 years ago it was long enough. I had to grind on the driveshaft so it would droop down enough and have full articulation. Sorry, dunno what to tell you.
     
  3. Leper

    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    Unusual. I just did a 4" TC lift on 1 K5 and a 5" on another with no length problems. My only concern was that the front shaft hit the exhaust, and the exhaust had to be rerouted.
     
  4. ZooMad75

    ZooMad75 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I put a 4" rough country lift on a few months back on my K5. No problems with the front driveline. In fact we never even removed it when installing the lift. Just dropped the axle onto jackstands and supported the frame with a large pnuematic bumper/frame jack. I had enough length on the slip portion of the shaft to address the new postion of the axle.
     
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    BigCountryx 1/2 ton status

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    Have you pulled on the shaft to extend the slip? Probably stating the obvious, but the driveshaft does extend and colapse you know. ;) Also is the suspension at full droop or is it sitting on it's own weight compressing the springs?
     
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    Leper 1/2 ton status

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    Ditto
     
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    It should work fine. I put a 6" Rough Country kit on mine and the d-shaft was long enough.
     
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    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    Mine was alittle rough to get everything to "connect" but with alittle "help" with getting extended to where it needs to be, it will fit..

    As i mentioned, mine was abit rough, i thought because it had never been that far out and needed alittle coaxing.

    Grease it up, slide back and forth, pull it out,,,,,, :thinking:

    That just doesn't look/read/sound right there.......
     
  9. BiggerRigger

    BiggerRigger Registered Member

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    I tryd every thing I can think of to make it fit and nothing! I put the shaft in a vice and pulled pushed from one end to the other and it is just to short. At full drop it is over an inch to short. The only way I see to make it work is to
    A. get a longer shaft
    B. Machine a spacer to fit inbetween the transfer output and the cv mounting flange.
    Is there something Im missing here?
    How much movement should there be in the slip yoke on the drive shaft?
    Aaron
     
  10. Zeus33rd

    Zeus33rd Smarter than you GMOTM Winner

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    You should be able to take it completely apart.
     
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    mudslinger99 1/2 ton status

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    This is a subject that I have never found the answers to be the same.. It seems like what works for one truck dosen't work on the same truck for somebody else..

    Here is a good example.. We put a 6 inch lift on a 86 Blazer and the driveshaft is fine.. We put a 4 inch lift on a 89 Blazer and it needed to be extended.. Both with 35 inch tires..

    Here is another example.. We put a 4 inch lift on 85 Chevy 1/2 ton and the driveshaft was fine.. Now I'm going to put a 6 inch lift on a 84 Chevy 3/4 ton and I'm going to need a longer driveshaft.. Both with 36 inch tires..

    So I don't think there is a one answer fits all in this situation..
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    My question also. I never disconnected mine whenI did my 5" lift. No problems except for the y-pipe getting it the way.
     
  13. Smitty

    Smitty 1/2 ton status

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    I put a 4" kit in one of my trucks and the drive shaft ended up being too short. I bought a 1" spacer that attached to the transfer case output flange. It solved the length problem and has worked well for the past couple of years. I found it by posting in the Parts Wanted section.
     
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    Thanks for the replys guys. It looks like im off to fimd a spacer
    Any one have one for sale?
    Aaron
     
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    Try superlift, I can't remember the part number, I want to say 4130 but don't think it is right, anyways the have for like 30-50 bucks.
     
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    Depending on what you have, they do make longer yokes also.
     
  17. blazinzuk

    blazinzuk Buzzbox voodoo Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    You might want to check some local driveshaft shops to get my front lengthened they charged me 120 will all new U joints its only like 60 buck with out the u joints
     

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