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Old 12-07-2017, 06:12 PM   #1
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Ordered a one piece shaft from a local yard for my '91 extended cab 4WD (4.0, A4LD,1354M, D35,8.8) and received what they claim is a '99 shaft.

Both yokes are the large 3" bolt pattern and it's 1-1.5" too long installed. My truck is stock height right now and at ride height the shaft only has roughly 1/4" of compression left in it, if that. Is there a possibility that they sent me the wrong shaft?

I called and they are pulling a shaft in another yard, from a '98 this time around. Won't know till Tuesday if that one is correct or not. Hoping that this doesn't just turn into an opened can or worms. And I REALLY don't want to end up with a silly long shaft stuffed through the back of my t-case.

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Has anybody run into this length issue when swapping shafts? The bolt pattern difference is simple enough to solve. Really hoping that this second shaft they are sending is shorter, though I've never heard or seen any length differences in them. What gives guys?

And I'll admit now, I have Explorer leaves and Belltech shackles under the rear, minus the overloads and factory blocks. The height is within 1/2" of stock but my pinion angle is 3-4 degrees high as a result.

Buuuut...This makes very little difference in regards to driveshaft length. Dropping the pinion back down, which will happen as soon as I swap in the disc braked Exploder 8.8 I'm picking up tomorrow, will only gain me about 1/16" of shaft length. That leaves me at around 5/16" of compression travel in the slip splines. Still not enough compression travel. As it is, I have to STUFF the shaft in there to get it in the truck at all.

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