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Old December 31st, 2009, 10:41 PM
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So, 3 weeks ago I Snapped my drive shaft after gunning it into an intersection, "time for a drive shaft upgrade" I told myself. Just way too much power, I knew some day it would happen for which reason I wanted it snap sooner than later, then I would have a reason to upgrade. I'm some what not happy that it snapped but I'm glad it did and more so, I'm glad it snapped on the road rather than on a trial off roading.







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Aaawwwwwwwwww !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The Good news is, I picked up my truck today 12/31/09, the really big bad new is after taking off on the third street light my new and "improved" drive shaft FAILED!!! That was literally, in every sense of the word, drive shaft #2. What a shitty situation that was let me tell ya!

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damn man, ive never seen one break like that. did it shear off at the welds? Ive seen them snap at the u-bolt before but never like that


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Geeze... might need a solid one! CNC'd from one piece of aluminum.




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on the second driveshaft, what type of u-joints are you running? id upgrade to 1410 they are big and strong.


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It is and upgrade, dunno what size it is though. Here is the stock one as a matter of fact I have it right in front of me:

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hard to tell by the pictures but i know my stock u-joints are dwarfed by the 1410's but the 04+ F150's came with a bigger driveshaft.


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I'd take dixpix's advice

Steel drive, make it thick, and use large u-joints. I've seen one time on a frontier build (magazine) they used a fused driveline set to break (with driveline hoop) at a specific TRQ that way it was repairable on trails.

ditch the aluminum and DONT look back. Aluminum is much too soft for heavy rotational loads, in a round pipe stock. if it was shafting, solid, it would obviously be much different.

I think the steel line was using u joints that looked like stock size.

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Lil update on my #2 drive shaft; shop just called and said that Tom Woods Custom Drive Shaft http://www.4xshaft.com/index.html confirmed that it was definitely a defective U joint and that they are making everything possible to fabricate a new one and overnight it as soon as it becomes available. Hmmmm.......


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