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Driveshaft recommendation - 87 crew cab

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by snoman87, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. snoman87

    snoman87 Registered Member

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    I am converting my 87' 2wd crew cab to a 4wd. I have the 4spd tranny and 205 t-case, front (Dana 44) and rear (14BFF) 4.10 diffs and all the springs and hangers. Now I just need to figure out the drive shaft. Would it be better to stay with a 2 peice or build a thick sidewall'd single shaft one?

    Thanks

    Oh BTW ... I am also going to chop the frame to fit a stock shortbed.
     
  2. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    do you have a fixed out put on the t-case or a slip yoke, that will tell what type of driveshaft you need. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I would make the two piece work. That way you will end up with better clearance on the rear shaft (keep it up high).
     
  4. 84_Chevy_K10

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    Would it be better to stay with a 2 peice or build a thick sidewall'd single shaft one?

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    A thick walled shaft that long would whip at high speed.

    Your only and best option is to make your two piece work. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. tarussell

    tarussell 1/2 ton status

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    You will need to go with a carrier bearing style two shaft set up in a 164" wheelbase truck . A single shaft would be way to long ( no matter how thick it is ) and would warp under strain - this is why a two saft set up was used on many applications from the factory .
    Talk to your favorite shaft builder and they will give you guide lines on shaft diameter / tubing thickness / and length rules.
    HTH , Tom
     

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