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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

I took it to a transmission/gears shop. I don't think the dealer has the capability to actually fix it. The shop is sending off my drive shaft to a custom shop where they're going to see if they can replace the u joints. If not, they're going to do an estimate on a custom one. I'll see if I can get the measurements for you once I hear something.
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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

Thanks mate.
Some I have heard have been able to machine the groove to take circlips in the end. Don't know how many places can do that though.
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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

Just heard back but they ended up taking it off and sending it over to the shop so they could take a look at it. So in cant get it measured compressed as is.

They cant service the u joints. They look really dry so they're going to custom make one for $600.
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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

The joints are sealed and they arent serviceable but there are a few things you can do instead of making a "custom" shaft.

1 replace it for the 1k for JUST the part lol... yea
2 cut the rear flange off use your stock tube and then put new ends on and just fit a new joint with a cap of the same diameter of stock to fit the pinion flange
3 make the whole shaft new (aluminum/cf orwhatever you want really) I dont suggest going lighter due to you do want some rotational weigh going.I personally like a little of a heavier shaft with a smaller diameter (normally the lighter the shaft the larger the diameter of the whole tube)

Also these shafts "new" will feel notchy in the joint. Anyone who has taken one off will tell you how they feel. They never feel smooth like a truck or car shaft, its just something these always have done.
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Just heard back but they ended up taking it off and sending it over to the shop so they could take a look at it. So in cant get it measured compressed as is.

They cant service the u joints. They look really dry so they're going to custom make one for $600.
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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

FINAL UPDATE:

Just got my Jeep back. I now have a brand new Jasper rear differential that's the most quiet my rear diff has EVER been. So far so good. Knocking noise is gone. 3 years/100k mile warranty.

They also put in the custom driveshaft since he said the joints look a little dry. But the second I hit the highway at 55mph and up on the way home it had a vibration. I turned around and had them put the old one back on. No noise, no vibrating. Ended up sending it back to the people who made it and claimed I didn't want something they can't seem to balance correctly. And for $800, I might as well get the OEM one. So that saved me $800. Plus, I'm unsure I even needed a new driveshaft.

Grand total....................$3,400!!! I'm sure I got ripped off.

My bearings were torn up. The mechanic said the only thing he can think of is that the diff case was warped from the factory. I had parts thrown at it at 25k on warrantly, so this makes sense that I had to get a new diff at 55k. No way my dealer will recognize my complaint so I won't bother fighting with them over it.

I can't help but feel like I overpaid for this thing though. I know I could have picked up a used rear diff. but I definitely wanted something new and warrantied. Still, $3,400 is a bit much.
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Re: Driveshaft/U joints replacement cost

Interesting the stock one had no vibes. Still deciding if I should get a steel one or use a spacer to make the near new stock one long enough.
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