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front driveshaft

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by otisringle, May 25, 2006.

  1. otisringle

    otisringle 1/2 ton status

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    I need to get a new front driveshaft. The one I have now is shot. About how much are these suckers and is there any brand better then others. Im going in the morning to pick one up. Dont wanna be suprised on the price.
     
  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Most driveshafts are not "off the shelf" items you can just go pick up somewhere. Good driveline places IMO would be either Tom Woods, or High Angle Driveline. Pricing can run up to a grand or so...although that's a pretty extreme shaft. $300 seems to be the right neighborhood for a stockish shaft...

    Getting the shaft you have now repaired is probably going to be the most cost effective thing though. Front shafts often wear out the slip joint...which isn't that expensive to fix. Even a re-tube isn't that spendy.

    You will have to supply them with measurements though, so have a tape measure handy.

    Rene
     
  3. Brians89K5

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    I paid 440 for both of mine, my rear drive shaft is a CV unit. Both are bitch and balanced and made by a company in Phoenix Az. They are brand new for now se we shall see how long they hold together, but for the price I am QUITE satisified.


    ~Brian
     
  4. otisringle

    otisringle 1/2 ton status

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    ohh boyyy. I was hoping this would be a easy and cheap fix.....

    would it be a good idea just to get a factory replacement or an aftermarket one.
     
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    what do you have tranny/tcase/axles? or the length of the one you have now?
     
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    RootBreaker 3/4 ton status Premium Member

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    I basically used a junkyard special $75 shaft... and yes it is holding up to the detroit locker, 4.56's, 40" hawgs.. and the revved up clutch drop in the mud :bow:


    I will probably get bashed on this but to me if ya gotta spend that kind o dough on a shaft.... $400+ that is a tad obserd.... I can get a brand new shaft made down here for about $200-$250.... I want to go talk to those guys to get a bigger slip part and it wont be over $250.....
     
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    If we knew what year it was and how muck lift it would help- Jess
     
  8. otisringle

    otisringle 1/2 ton status

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    its a stock 1990 k5. This truck will be with me a long time, so after college I will be lifting it and making it worthy of some mud and rocks.
     
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    otisringle 1/2 ton status

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    well I went to the chevy dealership to see if they had any. 880 bucks for one, I think I will be rebuilding mine.....
     
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    Dude, if you just want a stock setup, go to a driveline shop in your town. $2-300 for a new shaft, less than that for a rebuild of what you have I'd imagine. Where do you live?
     
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    I'd rebuild a stock one for ya for 179.00 no core- Jess
     
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    Take yours off and head down to the JY. Find one that matches it and doesn't have any slop in the slip and go for it. I have done this twice now and haven't had any problems. I also only paid $50.

    If you don't have access to any decent yards I would def take Jess up on that offer, that's a good price.
     
  13. otisringle

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    does sound like a good price... but in two days im heading back up to the bitter north or humboldt county. My mechanic knows a place in oakland where I could get it rebuilt, just gonna do that when I come home in a month or so... no wheeling for a month..ehhhh
     

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