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square drive shafts-my experiance

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ducttape114, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. ducttape114

    ducttape114 1/2 ton status

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    just before we left for blazer bash i slaped together a square front shaft shaft. i had a stock front shaft with destroyed splines i used your the yokes. the the steel cost about $25. after BB i noticed the front out put seal was leaking slightly. the fastest i ever drove with the hubs locked was maybe 10 mph. after i returned i made one trip to pismo and the seal was DONE. i probably went about 30 mph tops with the hubs locked. so i replaced it, went out to pismo last night and the brand new seal is wasted. if it is chewwing up seals this fast i have to imaging the pinion bearings and T-case bearings cant be real happy either. so after my square shaft experiance, this is my opinion: square shafts will be great for spares or very low speed crawling. other than that, no sir i dont like it.
     
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    And you know what? They work better when the yoke is welded on /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    And you know what? They work better when the yoke is welded on /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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    Alright.....just calm down there Mr. Waterpipe driveshaft.

    ...to my recollection, there were TWO trucks on their way to the welding shop that day. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Yeah, there were a few driveshaft issues that weekend.../forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

    Rene
     
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    DUDE!!! Square is cool but rectangle would be the sh!t!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    DUDE!!! Square is cool but rectangle would be the sh!t!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    Pretzel-shape is another common one... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    DUDE!!! Square is cool but rectangle would be the sh!t!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    I think a cork-screw style would be the best to help get over the big rocks. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    just before we left for blazer bash i slaped together a square front shaft shaft. i had a stock front shaft with destroyed splines i used your the yokes. the the steel cost about $25. after BB i noticed the front out put seal was leaking slightly. the fastest i ever drove with the hubs locked was maybe 10 mph. after i returned i made one trip to pismo and the seal was DONE. i probably went about 30 mph tops with the hubs locked. so i replaced it, went out to pismo last night and the brand new seal is wasted. if it is chewwing up seals this fast i have to imaging the pinion bearings and T-case bearings cant be real happy either. so after my square shaft experiance, this is my opinion: square shafts will be great for spares or very low speed crawling. other than that, no sir i dont like it.

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    It sounds like you didn't have anything in the square shaft for in/out movement. Did you just use a solid piece of square tubing with yokes welded on each end?
     
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    It was a two piece shaft. Larger piece had one yoke, smaller piece had other yoke. They slid in and out of each other.
     
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    Gotcha,

    I was hoping thats the way it was /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    DUDE!!! Square is cool but rectangle would be the sh!t!!! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

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    Pretzel-shape is another common one... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif


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    I like the unicorn horns like the one I made out of Rene's shaft on Pritchet.

    Seriously though, my square shafts have not been in long, but already they have taken a beating and I have no noticeable vibrations running in 4WD up to about 35-40 mph. I'm very happy with mine. <shrug>
     
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    Guess it depends how precise you make em. Could you get them balanced?
     
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    All hail the unicorn shaft.../forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    After watching Russ's shafts rearrange rock pile after rock pile without more than a scratch on the bling bling primer I figure I will eventually build at least one square shaft to keep on board as a trail spare.

    Rene
     
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    Seriously though, my square shafts have not been in long, but already they have taken a beating and I have no noticeable vibrations running in 4WD up to about 35-40 mph. I'm very happy with mine. <shrug>

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    i looked at yours and they deffinetly looked better built than mine. maybe mine is WAY un-balenced. either way, after two out put seals in two weeks, i think its time for a real shaft.
     
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    I have one tied to my cage as a spare, will work on either front or back, maybe I will not have to use it because I carry it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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