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driveshaft spline lenght

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DERBINATOR, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. DERBINATOR

    DERBINATOR 1/2 ton status

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    I just installed a front dana 60 in a 76 chevy. I have a 4" lift and a 203 t-case. I put the driveshaft back on and I only have maybe 3/4" of travel before it is fully compressed. This doesn't seem like much or is it OK. I suppose it is somewhat vehicle specific but is there a number to shoot for?
     
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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    well this is what you can do....

    take the front shaft out... go flex the most the truck will.. and try and put the shaft in.... thus showing if it is ok....
    if it does bottom out.. you dont want the driveshaft going through your t-case :crazy:
     
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    Leadfoot 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    3/4" is not enough
    You will more than likely bottom out the shaft, and if that happens you will either break the case or the adapter (neither are cheap or fun to fix). Find a shorter shaft that will work or get that one shortened. The good thing is that it's cheaper to get a shaft circumcized than to add length to it :blush:
     
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    So if I shorten it, how much should I go. At ride hieght do you want to be in the middle of the spline travel or ????
     
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    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    If you don't mind the extra height, you could use a set of zero rates to move the axle forward. This would give you more clearance and solve your length problem. Would kinda be tackling it backasswards but if it works it works.
     
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    Just run Rough Country springs :grin:

    Measure from the top of the spring packs to the bumpstops. That is how much uptravel you might get if you jump the truck or something. Then simple high school geometry will let you figure out how short the shaft could get.

    As a general rule of thumb, yes, you want to be in the middle of travel at static ride height, but you might have more droop than stuff or vice versa.
     

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