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Old 02-26-2005, 09:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Losin my tranny lowering spacers

Can I lose the 1in square tubings that has my transmission cross member lowered if I buy the U joints that allow 10 degrees more flexability? I seen the new U joints in the march 2005 4wheel drive & sport utility mag.Their from Tom woods custom drive shafts. It would be great to lose the spacers and gain more clearance. what do you think?
Edit to add: My cj has a rancho 2 1/2in spring lift and a t18 trans that must be to long.

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Old 02-27-2005, 01:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think that with only 2.5" of lift, I would not worry about the spacers or the special u-joints. But that would depend upon the angles at your current driveshaft and u-joints. Are they so servere now that the loss of the spacers would cause the joints to bind up when the suspension droops?
Most likely all you need is a CV driveshaft and rotate the axle pinion up some to get rid of the spacers. There are other tricks available, such as lifting the engine. Lifting the engine has the same effect as lowering the t-case. It still just changes the angle at the rear output yoke. Just make sure you have enough clearence under the hood.
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Old 02-27-2005, 11:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply Robert. The guy that put my trans in insisted I keep the spacers, so I was worried about removing the spacers. Ths angle dont look that ,bad to me, but what do I know, Im just a newb! Thanks again!
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Probably just a shop trying to cover its ass from you coming back bitchin about vibrations. Don't worry about it. Remove the spacers and drive it. If it vibrates, then start looking at other ways to fix it.
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