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96 Rear Drive Shaft

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tomjodi, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. Jun 26, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    tomjodi

    tomjodi [OP] New Member

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    Have a 96 Tacoma and the rear drive shaft is "double cardan" with 2 u-joints. The center joint went to **** and needs replaced. I have been told the u-joints on this can't be rebuilt - and I need to buy a whole new rear driveshaft? Any help or sugesstions? A u-joint is maybe $40 and an afternoon in the garage - whole driveshaft is close to $500!
     
  2. Jun 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    biggdog747

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    that is true you need a whole drive shaft. you can try savage yards or if you can find someone with a rusted 95-2000 that is getting ready to turn it in for rusted frame buy back just swap drive shafts.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2010 at 5:54 AM
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    The manual shows that it all comes apart, take the shaft into a good driveshaft place they should be able to fix it. The double cardan is tricky though as it is spring loaded.
     
  5. Jun 28, 2010 at 7:01 AM
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  6. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM
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    tomjodi

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    The center bearing is totally loose, looks like it "gernaded". It is actually my daughters tacoma, and we were not in any extreme conditions.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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    tomjodi

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    Thanks for all the advice. I live in a small town - and every shop in town basically laughed at me. I found some drive shaft repair places on line that will rebuild it for around $250 (plus s&h). I'm waiting on a quote from Tom Woods Custom Drive Shafts. This is actually my daughters "baby", she is starting Grad School in Logan, UT this fall and Tom Woods shop is in Ogden, UT ----Daddy's "little girl" wants ..... Have heard nothing but good about them and the price looks like it will be reasonable- Toyota wants $450
     
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