I stopped by our local off road shop last week to have my front shaft lengthened. Dropped it off, told him I needed 1.5" longer, and went on my merry way. I got a call this morning from the owner, he said that he put it in his lathe and the splines were pretty loose causing it to vibrate badly. I explained that I was nearing the end of my budget and I'd like him to lenghten it anyway. His reply was something to the effect of I'm sorry, but the shaft is in bad enough shape that I personally wouldn't wheel it so I'd really rather not see you put it behind those 40" boggers, it probably wouldn't last very long and then a bad shaft would have my name on it, it'd be better for you to get a good one or have one made. I immediately perked up because an honest shop owner is kinda hard to find around here. (ask me how I know) I said alright, I'll come pick it up at the end of the week, wait, you make shafts don't you? He mentioned that he did and by the time I got done finding a new shaft and having it lengthened, it'd probably be about the same price. I chuckled and jokingly said right....and how much would that be smartass? He went and measured to get the tubing length and quoted me $190. This is for an all new CV front shaft. I about gagged because I've seen his work before and it's damn impressive. My options are these: #1. Get my old shaft back and have somebody else lengthen it. #2. Get a better shaft and have him lenghten it. #3. Have a new shaft made. #4. Have a new, upgraded shaft made, 1350 CV and 1410 at the other end. Like I said, I'm nearing the end of my budget so even $190 is kind of a stretch, but if I stay with the 700/241 combo for a while, it'd probably be worth it. I never asked to see what a larger one would cost, but I doubt it'd be too much of a difference. BTW, a 700/241 shaft is about the longest front shaft chevy made that I know of, so finding a factory one that's the right length is probably pretty unlikely.