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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:16 PM
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Rear drive shaft needed. MAR!?

My truck is a piece of junk right now and I am trying to still bring it to MAR. anyone have a rear drive shaft in the NY/NJ area or someone can bring one to MAR for me?

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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:34 PM
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Tom Woods can send you one today.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 03:40 PM
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Tom Woods is the reason I don't have one that is working.. oh yeah and my front Tom Woods blew 3 weeks ago
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Honestly Dan, is Tom Woods to blame or might your maintenance and driving have something to do with it? What happened to your shafts? With that crap you guys wade through in NJ I would not expect anyones u joints to last long at all, even with a shot of grease each time before hitting the highway home.
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Not sure if it's the TWs or the pine barrens that's killing them... I'm on my third rebuild of the front d/s and 2nd of the rear, but may need to get the rear rebuilt in the near future.. I try to lube it as much as possible, but going forward, I know I have to do it after each time.

I'm considering trying to find the Spicer Sealed for Life ujoints, even if I get 50k out of them, that's a lot better than how fast they are going now.
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Honestly Dan, is Tom Woods to blame or might your maintenance and driving have something to do with it? What happened to your shafts? With that crap you guys wade through in NJ I would not expect anyones u joints to last long at all, even with a shot of grease each time before hitting the highway home.
Not saying I am not at fault either. I think its a 50/50. They are build well, but I don't think the u-joints and centering balls are sealed as well as genuine Land Rover u-joints. I imagine they work very well out west and that the constant water and sand and mud in NY/NJ take a toll on them. LR u-joints never gave me problems when I ran them. TW u-joints give me problems around 6 times a year.

Regardless, I called Paul and he is has one for me.
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I agree with you there, I am even considering starting to carry one of those little compact grease guns to hit the u joints before the ride home. The TW does have the advantage of using the larger and more readily available 1310 size u joints that you can buy in whatever flavor you choose.
The double cardon has held up on my rear but I did wear out the lower TW joint very quickly which is down in the muck. We are building a decent number of examples of the same issue here.

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I think the replacement I put in the lower joint was a Precision brand greaseable and so far it has held up fine. The tightness of the seals may be the issue as you said.
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I would like to try out a bunch of different 1310 size u joints in the Tom Woods shaft and see which has the best results. The Gold Seal ones they use might not be as good.
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i put my woods on before moab and it was done 2000 miles later. total miles 6000 miles not hapy with the woods....
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Same thing Ron, prematurely worn U-joints?
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My front tom woods d/s blew out on the way home from moab as well... that one probably had about 3k miles and I don't think it actually spent any time in the pineys... the fork itself broke... they exchanged it under warranty saying that it was probably just a random occurrence..
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I might have 500 miles and it feels like one of my Tom Woods shafts is starting to go.
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Dan,
Shavit picked up the driveshaft tonight - It will be at MAR tomorrow.
Have Fun!
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Dan,
Shavit picked up the driveshaft tonight - It will be at MAR tomorrow.
Have Fun!
Thanks Paul!
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Yes kevin both joints are toast.... never been in the mud.

highway, MOAB, highway, blown
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TW should see this thread.
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