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anyone know about Tom Woods? Are they good drive shafts? what about Skyjacker SYE's to. let me know.
 

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Bro of mine has broken TWO of his ! Another buddy has one that is out of round ? I called em, dude was rude as hell ? DENNY,S is what I,m runnin, works good , strong as heck ! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
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First, it's Tom Wood, not Tom Woods...you probably wouldn't want your name misspelled or mispronounced (sorry, but with a name like Brosofsky, I'm probably a bit more sensitive than most about name spelling/pronunciation).

Second, Tom uses only new Spicer parts. If the parts broke, it because they were not sized for the job (or the driving style). Don't blame Tom....he makes a great shaft that works well. If you're breaking his shafts, you need something bigger. Tom stands behind his product too...with his optional trail hazard warranty, he'll build you a new shaft, even if it's your fault it broke.

Third, and finally, I've know Tom for several years, even met him in person a few times. I've heard many stories of him bending over backwards to help folks at big events, even on stuff that he didn't build. I've spoke to him on the phone literally dozens of times. But in all that, I've never heard anyone say he was rude or provided anything less than great customer service. If Tom was rude to you, I'd wager it was in response to the way you were talking to him.
 

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Gotta go with Harry on this one. Tom's shafts are quality. He does stand behind his stuff. Again, like Harry said, this is the first bad coment I've heard about Tom. Wieghed against the literally 1000s of positive coments, and it's clear to me that Tom is doing right by his customers.
 

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Here is what i have heard.

I have ALWAYS (until recently) heard that Tom Wood was the best shaft you can buy hands down!

I have recently here A LOT of stories about his shafts failing for some reason. Most breaking at the yoke ears.

My good friend Tom (TBONE) on most forums just snapped one of Tom's HD shafts pulling out of his driveway. He called Wood and he sent it and replaced it for free but this still shouldnt have happened.

I have spoke on the phone with him many times and he is a very helpful, polite and knowledgable guy.

What i an GUESSING here is that since he has been so busy lately, MAYBE he starting using different, cheaper material in his shafts and now everyone is snapping them? This is just a thought.

One of my other good friends with a 4Runner has one of his long travel front shafts ($500) and it is only a year old and they splines are pretty tweaked (twisted)

My .02
 

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I just installed 2 TW shafts in a guys jeep this weekend as part of a lift install. Both used new Spicer parts (at least they were new looking...no dents, gouges, etc). I doubt he's scrimping on parts.
 

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Ok...

1) I do NOT have one of Tom Wood's Drive Shafts.

2) ...stands behind his product? My Story Follows.

I called Tom Wood's for a new set of drive shafts when I installed my KluneV. The person I spoke to was "fairly" friendly. I asked "How short of a CV style drive shat can you make for my Jeep?" And the reply was "About 10inches." I was all jazzed, but then the conversation continued. "CV?" I was asked. "Yes, I installed a SYE." "Who made it?" I replied with "Rubicon Express". I then got a pause and "I will not sell you a drive shaft. I was like "Why?". To tell the truth, I'm still not sure why. I was then told basically that He WOULD indeed sell me one, but I could not say for what application, and that if it indeed broke, it would not be warrantied.

This all took place about a year ago, and thing may have changed. However polite he was, the insecurity of his voice was enough that I bought mine elsewhere (irrelevant where).

3) Nice guy? I think so, from our 5 minute phone conversation.


My Point? I'm not sure, just wanted to post because I was bored, and had this piece of experience to share.

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rumor has it, he got a lot of shafts sent back because of vibs...turns out it was because they had the RE SYE and it requires you to drill & tap you stock output shaft. people who didn't drill the holes perfectly straight had vibs and blamed 'em on the shafts.
 

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Well, since we're at this again... called, placed my initial order. Was told that they'd be shipped next day. Three days later I still hadnt recieved it, so I called. "Oh they'll be shipped today". This went on for over 2 weeks with excuses like "I went fishing". Anyway I finally recieve the shafts.. The rear fits, the front is too long... great send it back and get it fixed. Wait another 2 and a half weeks to get the front shaft back go wheelin'. Everything seems cool.. about 2 weeks later I go wheeling again and grenade the rear shaft. Look at the break and theres air bubbles throughout the weld and the metals crystalized. Call and tell him this, send the shaft back.. wait another 2 weeks.. once again with lame excuses and "I'll ship it tomorrow"s.. finally get it back do a little wheelin' and it breaks driving to work one monday morning on the street. Got home and called gloeco. Got the shaft in 2 days as promised and havent had a problem with it since.
 

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Strange.

Every time I have spoken to Tom Wood he has been helpfull and service has been fast and reliable. The quality of the shaft I got was great. It lasted where the local shops shafts where busting every other trail run.

Both times I used him I got the shafts in 3 days. Always a perfect fit.

I just can;t belive his service went that bad that fast!
 

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Originally posted by wsuxjer:
<STRONG>rumor has it, he got a lot of shafts sent back because of vibs...turns out it was because they had the RE SYE and it requires you to drill & tap you stock output shaft. people who didn't drill the holes perfectly straight had vibs and blamed 'em on the shafts.</STRONG>
I don't quite see how that would matter. Even if the hole is a little off center the yoke can still only fit in the position that the splines mean it to. The kit is made so that you can goof on the centering and it will still work. It could be that the bolt throws off the balance of the output shaft but I can not belive that that little weight in the center of the shaft could create that big of an out of balance condition. As much as I liked his service and shaft that sounds like a rather lame excuse.
 

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All this talk makes me want to deal with the local guyover in concord.

Wait I already have.

Showed up at his shop at 4:30 one evening.
He closes at 5:00.
gave him the measurments told him what I was using it for and he said no problem I'll have it ready by noon tomorrow.
Next morning I get a call at 10:30 he says come awn over and pick it up the paint should be dry by the time you get here.

Haven't had a problem yet with the shaft except for the fact that with the larger size CV I some times get some rubbing on the xsfercase linkage <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Tom tried to post himself, but could not for some reason. He signed up today after someone tipped him on the bashing he was getting here. Here's what he wrote to me and asked me to post:

Harry:

I've been looking at Pirate4x4.com and noticed your post concerning myself and my products. Thanks for the kind words. I've attempted to log in after registering but just can’t seem to make it work for me. Possibly you can help. Or post this letter, if you feel it appropriate.

TJ hoop has incorrectly shown my web address. The correct address is 4XSHAFT.COM

2XTRM4U. Please let me know who has had a problem with my drive shaft or have them contact me, so that I can make every effort to correct the problems. Have them call me toll free @ 1-877-497-4238. If you perceived me to be " Rude as hell," I apologize, it is never my intent. Was it me you spoke with? And would you be kind enough to contact me again? I will accept and appreciate specific criticism so that I can correct any offensive behaviors

And to the Boston Mangler I certainly hope the photo shown with your post is not an expression of your feelings toward me or my products. Yes I have been very busy, But in my mind this is all the more reason to give every effort to providing the best quality product, as I simply would prefer to avoid the time consuming and very expensive process of correcting problems that would most surely increase as a result of using an inferior grade of components. I have not changed the brand or grade of components that I use. It was good to see that you pointed out that I took care of TBONE'S damaged drive shaft at no charge. I agree his failure shouldn't have happened. If you will contact TBONE and ask him to contact me I would like to speak with him for my own peace of mind so that we may confirm that we have determined the root cause of his failure. Your friend with the Toyota front shaft should also contact me immediately; if he has twisted splines there is a very real possibility that this can cause a catastrophic failure as a result of the slip binding under compression. Of the many thousands of drive shafts shipped I have experienced only a very minuscule portion of failures, most of these were for reasons beyond my control. Occasionally someone will experience a problem with a drive shaft that I've built. But in every instance I will give every measure to correct the problem.

Best Regards

Tom Wood
 

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Well, The question is, will Tom make a rear CV shaft for a jeep with the RE sye? Im getting one for free, and plan on using it... therefore, I will need a new shaft, but if Tom won't make shafts for the RE kit, then I'll have to buy elsewhere!
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