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matt
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2/04/2007
12:16:30

Subject: Front driveshaft problems
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does anyone know if i can put a driveshaft in my 02 that uses the double u-joint at the transfer case instead of the driveshaft that has constant velocity type joint?



OBIO3
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2/04/2007
18:46:30

RE: Front driveshaft problems
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You need to know this. It is the constant velocity joint that allows you to drive at highway speeds in 4 wheel drive without vibrations. all though it should be possible, the Dakota front shaft turns all the time, disconnecting the Right wheel for its so called free wheeling mode. For this reason, the system used on the front shaft allows reasonable life. You would lose this long life and gain some vibration, neither of which you want. If your truck is used strictly OFF ROAD, It should work ok but it won't be as good as what you have. These are my findings from years of owning a shop.Others may disagree.



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2/14/2007
19:53:12

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I had the same question recently when I had to replace the front drive shaft assembly. My bearings went out on the transfer case side of the front drive shaft where the cv type joint is. Apparently you canít go over 60 mph for a long period of time in 4WD. I happened to be traveling at about 80 when mine seized up. My Chrysler mechanic is the one that enlightened me on the max speeds for four wheel drive. I was quite surprised however because you would think that the cv would hold up better than the regular universal joint like on the front side of the front driveshaft. My friend agreed, but he said the bearing does not hold up. It gets way too hot and self destructs. Hopefully that info helps a little in your decisions.



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2/14/2007
19:55:14

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oh yeah, I forgot to say. I also asked him about replacing the cv with a standard universal joint. He said it wonít fit due to clearance issues.



Bert
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4/26/2010
15:55:57

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My mechanic has rec'd 2 replacement front driveshafts for my 2001 Dakota Quad Cab V8, both had two U-joints and both were about 1/2 inch too long. He then tried for a used part which came apart as he installed it.
Any other suggestions?



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4/26/2010
16:21:18

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There should only be one u-joint? The side of the drive shaft that attaches to the front Differential should have a u-joint and the side that attaches to the transfer case should have a CV style joint. If your mechanic is replacing it with a factory part it should be the exact same and fit perfectly. If your mechanic has a shaft with 2 u-joints it has to be an aftermarket shaft but I've never seen an aftermarket front drive shaft for a Dakota. It's possible it is a rebuilt shaft, and if that's the case, it's probably not going to fit correctly. What fell apart on the used shaft? They're pretty straight forward complete assemblies with nothing to really fall apart? I would order the factory replacement part from a Chrysler dealer. Then you will have a guaranteed fit. It takes about 20 minutes to replace the whole assembly. (Ive done it 4 times now)



tyler
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11/08/2013
08:23:25

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Just as some useful info on this. There is
a company called car dome that makes a
perfect replacement for the stock front
shaft AND had 2 universal joints. It still
uses the 6 bolt on the TC and has no
clearance issues. Just thought I'd throw
my hat in the ring hope it helps!
Card one part number is 65-9513 or 65-9514
for standard transmission




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