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Old 04-01-2012, 05:28 AM   #1
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Anyone change to a lighter one and how was your experience?
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Re: driveshaft

An aluminum driveshaft reduces the rotational mass a bit and dampens vibrations to provide you with a smoother ride.
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An aluminum driveshaft reduces the rotational mass a bit and dampens vibrations to provide you with a smoother ride.
Yeah that would be nice
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One kid said he made the switch but had tuned up his motor quite a bit and said he "twisted" two of these aluminum shafts. Idk how valid this comment was but one thing to keep in mind. If you are planning on beefing up your motor a lot then you'd probably better stick with the stock steel one cuz it is stronger but if you're not doing stroker kits and turbos then I think an aluminum one would be a great drivetrain addition
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One kid said he made the switch but had tuned up his motor quite a bit and said he "twisted" two of these aluminum shafts. Idk how valid this comment was but one thing to keep in mind. If you are planning on beefing up your motor a lot then you'd probably better stick with the stock steel one cuz it is stronger but if you're not doing stroker kits and turbos then I think an aluminum one would be a great drivetrain addition
You have a valid point, but they also make the aluminum and carbon fiber versions for racing purposes too, if the regular versions do not work out.


I have the FMS aluminum driveshaft and it will be installed behind a built, supercharged 306 engine. I will find out eventually if it is strong enough and if not I will have an interesting piece of wall art.
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Oh yeah well there ya go, the one this kid was talking about was the one off AM. But yeah if you have a racing one that would be sweet
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Re: driveshaft

The one on a.m is from ford racing btw
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #9
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But is it a real "racing" shaft or just produced by Ford Racing?
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The ford racing one piece aluminum is actually much stronger than the stock unit.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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Yeah I figured I just read that kids comment and wanted to pass it along. I am planning on getting the Ford racing shaft for my stang cuz those tranny vibrations are annoying and I would like the weight savings.
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Re: driveshaft

they do help, every 1lb of rotational mass you shave off is about like 10lbs of dead weight, my old 01 went from a 25lb ds to 15lb so thats 10lbs which was about like 100lbs of dead weight.
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Yeah I noticed that difference when I made the switch to an aluminum flywheel. The car instantly felt like 200lbs lighter.
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I noticed that same difference when I put a set of heavy *** chrome 19's on. Felt like I lost 50hp and 100ft of braking distance. Put the stock ones back on immediately after my test drive around the block. That ratio of 1 pound of rotational force equalling 10 pounds of weight sounds about right.
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I can drive in 5th gear at 40-45 mph without the car vibrating like crazy, this aluminum drive shaft get rid of that or do i have a different problem?
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From what I hear it gets rid of a lot of that.
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Yeah when your in the upper rpm some vibration and helps get that out a bit
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I can drive in 5th gear at 40-45 mph without the car vibrating like crazy, this aluminum drive shaft get rid of that or do i have a different problem?
No, it is not a cure all.
If you have a bad vibration, your driveshaft may be out of phase if it has ever been removed or you may have u-joints failing or some other problem.


What it will do is to further dampen any slight vibrations that a normal driveline has.
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Which brings up a question, there is a iron block(about the size of a big matchbox) bolted on the rear end of the tranny. Id that for vibration dampening?
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Which brings up a question, there is a iron block(about the size of a big matchbox) bolted on the rear end of the tranny. Id that for vibration dampening?
Yes.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:19 PM   #21
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That's what I figured. I ripped mine off cuz I thought it was dumb lol it only vibrates bad when you bog the motor.
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