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Old November 28th, 2010, 01:56 AM
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Front U Joint exploded on Road trip home... have questions anyone. around Twin Falls?

So on my adventure from Ft. Knox, KY to Olympia, WA my D90 has suffered an injury. Outside of Twin Falls, Idaho a sudden vibration turned into a "boom, clang" immediately pulled over to discover the front drive shaft dangling from the transfer case. I disconnected the driveshaft and I managed to get towed into the parking lot of the hotel I was planning on stopping in. It looks like the u joint bracket on the differential end sheared the u joint looks to have suffered some dings when it rotated around but day light will reveal closer inspection...

So recommendations? How far can I go (safely) in 2wd. Anyone around the Boise/ Twin falls area?

Thanks for the help
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Old November 28th, 2010, 02:12 AM
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Had the same thing happen once, you can take the drive shat all the way out and drive with the TC locked but just around the corner distances to be safe or to get to a shop, but other than that I wouldn't drive it too far or fast.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 02:26 AM
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Pretty much looking like the yoke on the Differential end and the U joint are in need of replacement...
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Old November 28th, 2010, 02:33 AM
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take the drive shat all the way out and drive with the TC locked but just around the corner distances to be safe or to get to a shop, but other than that I wouldn't drive it too far or fast.
I dont think that is 100% true

If you take the drive shaft out and lock the transfercase you can drive it in rear wheel drive as far as you want. I drove a couple hundred miles like that before, it is totally fine.
Check the rear U joint and grease them as they will be getting more load.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 03:11 AM
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what is the max safe range i could baby it in this condition?
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Old November 28th, 2010, 05:53 AM
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The max safe range is as far as you want. Yeaste's front shaft went when I was driving from PA to GA right after I bought her. I pulled the shaft and drove a couple hundred more miles to my destination. Then I drove around for a week or two while I waited for parts. Its just not a problem.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 06:10 AM
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Let me correct my comment, when I had this happen I did some other damage, so I only drove it to a parking lot then had it towed.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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If you choose to drive in 2wd (I would) then you should probably go ahead and order parts and have them delivered to your destination. I know that simple things like u joints are not always easily found at local parts houses
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Napa 344 u-joints will work fine.

The driveline might sound a little clunky with out the extra load of the front prop shaft/axle/diff, but it's highly unlikely you'll do any damage driving in rear wheel only. Series Rovers did it for 32 years!

There are a bunch o' folks here that could probably get you a complete shaft anywhere you want it delivered by Tuesday am. Good luck!
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Success rear portion of the front driveshaft removed from the Transfer case. Shaft itself looks okay... U joint will be on order, now I just need to find a yoke for the front differential.
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See if you can find a used one off a Disco 1.
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Why not just get a front from a D2. They are better anyway, right?
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Why not just get a front from a D2. They are better anyway, right?
You need a new t-case output flange to install a D2 shaft - they've got a different bolt pattern. Not super hard to swap, but not bolt-in either.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 09:38 PM
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I blew 2 driveshafts in Canada last September. Blew the rear one and then a day later the front went out. I nursed it to Maine and took a front driveshaft off Bruce's truck and drove 9 hours home on it. It vibrated like hell with the lift but I made it!

You should be fine on a single DS but when you let off the gas at high speed let off it slow so the slack take up isn't too bad
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You need a new t-case output flange to install a D2 shaft - they've got a different bolt pattern. Not super hard to swap, but not bolt-in either.
Yup. I stopped chewing up U joints after doing the swap last year.
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Update... Successfully made it the additional 600 some odd miles home... now to get on the business of fixing this
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Does any one have suggestions on axel and drive shaft replacements options ?

I went under my truck last week, while it was on a lift to install winter tyres. I saw the anti-sway bars where damaged, so I took them off (was in the plans anyway). I also saw that the axels where quite rusted. So I want to get some used axels and refurbish them and then replace the ones on the truck with the new units. After following this thread it seems like they may be options I did not consider (like D2). Any opinions on this ?

I can get axels and drive shafts pretty cheap from local scrap yard.
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