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ATM I still have the standed two piece rear drive shaft and have for the last 4 yrs been woundering if a one piece shaft would be better since it woundn`t have that POS centre bearing.
The biggest down side I see from a one piece is that it is closer to the ground sooner then a two piece one.
So who runs what and why???????
 

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An article in 4WD Australia recommended swaping the 2 piece drive shaft for a one piece unit, due to problems with the 2 piece one

failing at the joint

i guess it is up to you, i have a one piece and dont have any probs with hitting the ground to soon (then again i have not been to ttc <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> )

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Originally posted by Bubs:
<STRONG>dave


as u know i am only running 2 inch OME's in my rig

but there is still heaps of room (clearance) in there

<IMG width=305 height=208 SRC="http://www.pirate4x4.com/ubb/uploads/bud_shaft.jpg"></STRONG>
That's it <IMG SRC="smilies/mad.gif" border="0"> , I'm gonna have to get JD to send me out a 3L. <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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<STRONG>anyone else?</STRONG>
I like the two piece for several reasons... It keeps more of the shaft up; the part of the shaft that does get in the rocks is shorter and seems less prone to getting bent out of shape than my friend's longer 1 piece; my trail spare pulls apart and fits in my bed box.
 

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Why spend lots of $ for a center bearing when you dont even have an idea how long it will last? Yeah yeah i know yours has lasted 5+ years blah blah blah. My second bearing I bought from the Toy dealer and it lasted a whole 2 years, what a waste of $. For the price of 1 center bearing I can buy 3 stock(junkyard) longbed drivelines that bolt right up, or I can buy 4 stock(junkyard) shortbed drivelines and have them lengthened and still save $. There is one sure way to kill the c.b. and that is mud and water. Sounds like I have dealt with a few of these? Yep. Would rather spend my $ on ujoints and spare shafts than pay for an inferior peice of engineering on a 4x4 truck. The question is, if they are so great why did they stop using 2 peices on toyota 4x4s?
 

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After three center bearings (one aftermarket and two OEM) I went to a one piece and have no problems. I have a 84 CV up front and a stock rear U-joint. As far as hanging up on rocks, have not had that problem ( I should say my wife) on trails like Big Johnson, 4-Dice, "Con". It is called wheel placement. Do I recommed a one piece, you bet.
 

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Go one piece. I had that 2 piece on my 85 till last week. With the lift and 35's it shook pretty bad due to a bad center bearing, but once the rear was locked it shook so bad I couldnt even drive it. I found that an 86-88 long wheelbase rear shaft is the same length. I went to Toyauto mart down in Rancho, by the junkyards, picked up a stock rear shaft from an 88 ex-cab for 125 bones. Bolted it right up and goodbye vibrations. It would have been 180 bucks for a new center bearing, so I chose to go with the one piece. I called ADCO up in Shingle Springs to price having a one piece built. He wanted 350 dollars, so I went with the junkyard shaft, which works great and is smooth. I lost a few inches of ground clearance, but thats no big deal. If you want cheap go to the junkyard. Just not TAP, they wanted 25 bucks more for the same part.
 

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I just took the rear half to a driveline shop and dropped it with the measurements- no probs- or wait till you want to do a crawler box and you wont loose so much clearance from the angle of the DL......yeah... <IMG SRC="smilies/trooper.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by skank-the-sock-puppet:
<STRONG>I like the two piece for several reasons... It keeps more of the shaft up; the part of the shaft that does get in the rocks is shorter and seems less prone to getting bent out of shape than my friend's longer 1 piece; my trail spare pulls apart and fits in my bed box.</STRONG>

This is the same as I have been thinking.
 

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Originally posted by Trooper:
<STRONG>wait till you want to do a crawler box and you wont loose so much clearance from the angle of the DL......yeah... <IMG SRC="smilies/trooper.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
But then is is the other thing I have been thinking and since I`m putting in a 2nd T-case soon it makes sense.

BTW I already have crawler gears in my single case, but having another one with standed gears is going to be SOOOOOOOOO <IMG SRC="smilies/cool.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Guts:
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This is the same as I have been thinking.</STRONG>
I was just counting up on my fingers how long my last carrier bearing lasted... 2 years! Longevity does seem to be a downside... If I keep going through them, a one piece may be in my future!
 
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