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Old 08-06-2005, 04:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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front driveshaft

I just resently lifted my truck 4" and after getting everything tourqed and back in place it was time to put in my front drive shaft. I bolted it to the T-case first and then was going to bolt it to the yoke and to my suprise it was about 3" from even touching it. The driveshaft has the slip yoke on it and it was fully extended. Is this common, because 4 wheel parts said I shouldnt have to replace the driveshaft. So what options do I have, the truck is a 85 chevy with 33's and 10 bolts. This is my daily driver that will see light offroad duty because I dont want to tear it up. Im thinking of making this my toy and getting something else for the daily driveing. So in the future I might beat it harder than I will now, and have thought about doing an axel swap. Thanks for any help
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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New springs backwards?
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:35 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have been running them like this for 2 weeks now with out a problem. It wasnt listed on the spring which way is front so I compared the two. The old ones had one leaf that wraped around the front of the spring were it bolts to the truck. And so do the new ones so thats which way I put them. Any other way to tell if there on backwards? I have been doing my own mechanic work for 7 or 8 years. And would hate to have made a mistake like that.
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Old 08-06-2005, 04:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Measure the distance between the center bolt and the eyes. See if there is an offset or if they are even.
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Old 08-06-2005, 07:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If the springs were backward I would think youd have a problem with steering linkage. I would almost think the slip yoke isnt extending all the way. My ,02$
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i have NEVER heard of a 4in lift causing driveline issues with a older chevy 4x4.

if the shaft is dry, give it some grease, its probably just stuck at the stock length.
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Old 08-06-2005, 08:42 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I know for a fact now that they are not on backwards so thats not it. So I think you may be correct about the slip yoke not extending all the way. It was real dry when I first tryed to install it but I greased it. So is there any way to take it apart and see if the splines are all gummed up? Or should I take it to a driveline shop.
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If you cant see the splines they it is fine length wise.
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Old 08-07-2005, 09:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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i have NEVER heard of a 4in lift causing driveline issues with a older chevy 4x4.

if the shaft is dry, give it some grease, its probably just stuck at the stock length.
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i left my driveshafts connected when i did a 4 inch lift. my front shaft was fine on my k5 i got the 700r4 208 combo. some combos of trannys wont work with stock driveshafts sometimes. im sure it will extend to 4 inches unless you have a really odd ball driveshaft. grease it and it should extend or put liquid wrench to free it up
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Need help!

i have just purchused a 1990 silverado 1500,it has a 454 big block,38" swampers,and my front driveshaft is out,how can i fix it or can i still drive my truck??
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