TRS 20th Anniversary
- Oct 31, 2018
- Reaction score
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Vehicle Year
- Make / Model
- Engine Type
- 2.9 V6
- 2WD / 4WD
So, in getting ready to put the 8.8 Explorer axle in my ranger, I picked up a one piece driveshaft out of a 1999 extended cab.
The forklift operator at the junkyard I use typically annihilates driveshafts on pickups, and today I THOUGHT I got a hold of one that he didn't mangle.
Until I took it out of the bed of my truck when I got home.
So, the new one piece is dented from forklift forks. It's not "bad" per se, but it definitely has a flat spot in it. Maybe 1/16-1/8" deep dent, 6" long. It's forked up. (trying to make myself laugh here)
I'll post some pics tomorrow morning
So... What are my options?
So what you're telling me is that I can get a measurement off this one, then use the 1995 two piece with the same ends and slip yoke and go to town with chromolly tubing?I make a set of v stands from whatever scrap I have. Cut the yokes off leaving extra room (leaving the weld). Then with the yokes off carefully cut the welds and clean them up, check the ends are straight. Put the new tube on the v stands, very very lightly tack on the yokes and then use good squares to make sure they are dead center. If you've gotta break them off and reposition them a few times do it. Make sure they are clocked right as well. finish the weld, check again.
I built the shaft in my mustang and have driven that over 110mph with no vibrations. I also did the one on my old ram charger and never even bothered to balance that beast. It's really not a complicated job at all, just need to prep and check, and check and check then check again before finishing the weld.
Draw four quadrants one your drive shaft, making lines in line with the bolts is easiest.All ears.