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Anyone have a Tom Woods drive shaft?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Bearskill, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:06 PM
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    Bearskill

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    Anyone get one of Tom Woods one peice drive shafts? Does it replace the slip joint? Was it worth the $500?
     
  2. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:10 PM
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    sorry for the partial thread jacking, what are the advantages to a one piece driveshaft?
     
  3. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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    less vibrations due to lifts and such.....smoother rotation than the 2 piece shafts.

    to the op...........evertaco23 has one...........abut im sure someone with a 2nd gen truck has one also.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:40 PM
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    No, No by all means. Jack it. Im trying to get info on them too. I have a sticking slip joint, or so I beleive. Im getting new stiffer springs to corect some wrap, there for the sticking, but if that does not help my prob I was thinking about a one peice Tom Woods as well. They have replacement slip yoke/joints that have grease zerts. My 06 does not have them. Any info for me and this other guy is welcome!
     
  5. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:41 PM
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    The drive shaft has to have some way of being able to adjust the length according to suspension movement. That being said, Yes, they do have a slip joint. :)
     
  6. Apr 26, 2009 at 7:50 PM
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    Hey, whats up Chris! Ya, if these Dakars and carrier bearing drop does not fix my prob Im going to go in that direction. As soon as I get back from this deployment in a week Im ordering the whole Wheelersoffroad.com OME Dakar set up. Shocks and all. I hope it stops my clunk. If it doesn't, Im going to look into that one peice and new slip joint. Hey, question for ya. The guy at Tom Woods told me I would have to get my angles for him before he could give me a sold quote. I assume it's the angles from the tranny-drive shaft then drive shaft-diff, but with my two peice still in there what would be the most acurate way to get those angles for him? And am I over looking and messurments he would need? Granted I need to get my Dakars on before I messure anything. Just want a head start.:D
     
  7. Apr 26, 2009 at 8:38 PM
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    Not sure why he needs the angles. He should just need the length from the mounting flange, and to the tranny.....Really not sure he needs the angles, Buddy. Maybe ask him what it is hes looking for.
     
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    The angles make a difference on the U-Joints. It Tom Woods has driveshafts he can engineer where the joints are more effectively managed instead of a single shaft going off the stock angle.

    The only reason I say this is because... If you ever owned an early 80's Chevrolet Blazer you know. By cutting and re-welding the shock mounts on the the rear axel you will eliminate the need for new U-Joints every 4 months.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2009 at 6:23 AM
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    I know all about Why the angles are nessesary. The factory location is the best spot for U joints, The closer to the point at which the shaft direction changes, the better. Interesting how the shock mounts on the Blazer would affect the U joints......THe angle of the diff/DS is controlled by the spring mount on the DS. Not the location of the shocks.
     
  10. Apr 27, 2009 at 7:31 AM
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    The double cardan joints can be a paint to grease, but its worth it. I had one on my first gen. Never a vide.
     
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    I'm thinking he meant cutting , rotating and then rewelding the "spring perch", not the shock mounts. That would rotate the pinion up and realign the angle of the driveshaft.

    I did it on an early model Blazer I had. You better have all the math done and a reputable welder cause if one side is off even a smidge....you're dicked.
     
  12. Apr 27, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    BIG difference between "Shocks" and Spring perch. Hes a chicken......he doesnt know vehices.
     
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    I think the vibe issues appeared about the same time they did away with the double joints.

    And they really aren't that much more effort to grease, my 79 came with a needle joint fitting in the tool bag and it was important to keep them greased especially the front shaft cause the joints were not replaceable due to the way they were installed in the cap yoke.
     
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    I'm refering to where the shocks mounted to the 3rd member on the older K5 Blazers and how it affected the angle of the diff. If you cut them, rotated the axel slightly and rewelded the shock mounts to the axel you would eliminate the u-joint destroying problem. That series Blazer had a single driveshaft and for some strange reason the stock angle of the rear diff chewed up u joints but only the u joint closest to the diff
     
  15. Apr 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM
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    They mounted the SHOCKS to the THIRD MEMBER!!?? WTF!

    Still not seeing how shock mounting can affect diff angle......Are you drunk?
     
  16. Apr 27, 2009 at 11:12 AM
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    It did. Toyota cheapened out, and issue arose.
     
  17. Apr 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM
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    Ok, meant the axle housing. No not drunk. Look under your truck at where the rear shocks mount to the axle housing. They are opposed yes? By cutting those, loosing the u-bolts connecting the rear leaf's to the axle housing slightly rotating the whole axle housing. Then tighting up the u-bolts and rewelding the point where the rear shock connects to the housing (commonly known as a mount) will change the angle of the differential.

     
  18. Apr 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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    NOW THAT makes sence. Shocks attached to Third members, and such, didnt. I can see now how that would have an affect on the U joints. Your changeing the pinion angle. Shocks have nothing to do with it.
     
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    Shocks themselves no but where they are connected on the housing can.
     
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    Well........"maybe". The pinion angle is the most important, as that dictates the angle the power is going to be transfered thru the U joint. All the shocks do is dampen up and down movement of the axel. For them to have an affect on the U joints, they would have to also hold the axel in a fixed position preventing rotational forces to reach the U joint. Being as the shocks are connected by bushings on the top and bottom (which allow them to pivot), they have a very small inefective role in this.
     
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