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question about the front drive-shaft

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by justwhatido, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. justwhatido

    justwhatido 1/2 ton status

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    There is a velocity joint (double u-joint) arrangement with a very small diameter shaft connecting the front drive-shaft to the front differential.

    Can the front driveshaft from a later K-5 be used. Seems like there should be a heftier through piece than what's on my 1973.

    What are my options?

    Fred
     
  2. CyberSniper

    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The 73 uses a Spicer style driveshaft (yoke on transfer case). Later ones (~1978) use a Saginaw style driveshaft (flange on transfer case). These later ones use a S44 (roughly the size of a 1330) joint in the double cardan part as compared to your 1310 shaft. I believe the splines are the same.

    You could have a Jeep front driveshaft on your 73. I've seen people do this before. The splines are much smaller.
     

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