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Old October 29th, 2013, 11:35 PM
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Rear propshaft with CV joint question

I ordered a new rear propshaft for my defender 90 with 300tdi and it came with a CV joint on it. I have seen on a lifted NAS rover I did work on a piece that goes between the brake drum/output shaft and this prop shaft that adapts the two patters to eachother but can not find one in parts listings. does anyone know what I am talking about???
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Old October 30th, 2013, 05:24 AM
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What year/model Defender? OE, aftermarket propshaft?
I'm pretty sure no OE D90 has a double cardan u-joint. Some aftermarket propshafts require the adapter which is supplied with the shaft.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 12:50 AM
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Stock driveshafts have regular universal joints. Aftermarket driveshafts often come with double cardon.
Older aftermarket propshafts may also need an aluminum adaptor at each end to change the yoke bolt pitch. Tom Wood's shafts have not required adaptors since a couple of years ago.

Note that the axle setup for a double cardon is diferent from UJ setup to avoid drive train vibration and resulting wear

The DC joint should be on the transfer case end of the shaft. The axle must be rotated to align the diff pinion shaft with drive shaft.

The Tom Woods website has a good writeup on the diferences in axle setup between the two types of shaft joints

IMHO, If you can, get replacement stock UJ type driveshafts and avoid the setup and maintenance hassle of a switch to double cardon. Especially true if you have stock (no) lift.
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