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94ranger#22
03-15-2010, 09:05 PM
SO if igured out what was wrong with my truck, the driveshaft is bent about an 1/8 inch. Any ideas on how much it would be to fix it? or should I just go to the junk yard and get one? Also how much are front wheel bearings?

adsm08
03-15-2010, 09:07 PM
Wheel bearings usually go for about $12 a pop. As for your drive shaft, it's scrap now. The boxes they come in, and the new shafts both have a tag that says "scrap if dropped" once it's dinged, dented, or bent it's junk.

94ranger#22
03-15-2010, 09:10 PM
oh alright. What year shafts will bolt up? its an ext cab

adsm08
03-15-2010, 09:13 PM
You should be good for 90-97 if you want a 2-piece, long as it's an X-cab. But since you already need to replace the shaft, great time for a 1-piece swap, I'd go 98-99 because those are a bit smaller around. Less trimming to do.

94ranger#22
03-15-2010, 09:15 PM
Oh ok. Should i go to a yunkyard or get one new?

01_ranger_4x4
03-15-2010, 09:17 PM
i had my stock driveshaft re- built locally with a new tube and new spicer u-joints for $100, it was bent badly when i bought the truck. they are fixable, check local axle/ drivetrain shops.

94ranger#22
03-15-2010, 09:32 PM
alright i will check out some shops tomorrow thanks

adsm08
03-15-2010, 09:35 PM
i had my stock driveshaft re- built locally with a new tube and new spicer u-joints for $100, it was bent badly when i bought the truck. they are fixable, check local axle/ drivetrain shops.

I've always been told they aren't, but yeah, if you replace the tube and get a total rebuild. By that point it's basically a new shaft though.

srteach
03-15-2010, 11:51 PM
If the shaft is dented or kinked, find new or new to you. If it is just arched, a good shop can straighten and balance it for about $75 - $100 in my area.

My brother had a shaft with a 3 inch deflection in it. Shop said "NO" to fixing it (didn't want liability). I've had one straightened by the same shop with no problem.

01_ranger_4x4
03-16-2010, 05:24 AM
I've always been told they aren't, but yeah, if you replace the tube and get a total rebuild. By that point it's basically a new shaft though.

yeah they replaced the entire tube on it. it was like a brand new shaft when it came back. its been on the truck for 8 years now with no issues.

Shran
03-16-2010, 11:39 AM
I've always been told they aren't, but yeah, if you replace the tube and get a total rebuild. By that point it's basically a new shaft though.

Drivelines are definitely fixable - Inland Truck Parts (my local shop) can straighten them if they're not really bent. They can just replace the tube too. You can expect to spend around $100 having it straightened or the tube replaced versus around $250 to have a new one built.

lil_Blue_Ford
03-16-2010, 11:47 AM
Shouldn't we be asking how he bent it to begin with? :icon_rofl:

Doom's Day Custom
03-16-2010, 01:40 PM
If you have the skill just cut the tube at each end and reweld it and then get the shop to balance it..
http://www.4x4wire.com/jeep/tech/shaft/diydriveshaft/

94ranger#22
03-16-2010, 07:27 PM
I think i am just going to go with the one piece swap if i can find one for cheap. if not i will have the old one rebuilt. thanks for all the input

adsm08
03-16-2010, 07:48 PM
You can expect to spend around $100 having it straightened or the tube replaced

At which you've hit what seems to be about the average cost of the 1-piece swap.

I'd probably do that now that I have a 1-piece in, but I wouldn't spend the money on a 2-piece shaft.