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Old 03-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #1
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Lightweight driveshaft before my gears?

OK, so I decided to rehab the 95 and not toss it. I have to put in a TOB when the weather gets nicer. That exploded into a lot of parts. New TOB, stage 2 clutch, Flywheel, adjustable clable, quadrand, new hardware, new transmission retainer. I figured What the hell and even got a new exhaust since the old had to come off while working, why not put new back on.

My question is, since the drive shaft is coming off is it worth getting the ford racing aluminum one or spend the cash on new gears and say piss on the drive shaft.
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i do not have any exprience with the aluminum drive shaft but gears make a big diffirence in the way the car launches and feels.
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If your stock driveshaft is not vibrating or giving you any issues its a complete waste of money to replace it.
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I do have vibration at speed but I have no clue if it is the drive shaft or something else. She is no spring chicken anymore

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I love my alumn driveshaft!! the weight diff is crazy
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I do have vibration at speed but I have no clue if it is the drive shaft or something else. She is no spring chicken anymore

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It could be the DS or a U joint or the harmonic balancer or a rim or a tire. I mean you are saving weight with an aluminum DS and it could potentially cure the problem but its not exactly smart to just huck parts at a problem when you aren't sure what part is bad.
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Gears are much more bang for your buck. Even if its your u joints, its probably cheaper to get them replaced than a FRPP driveshaft. 300 bucks for a minimal weight reduction is the last thing I would do. And btw I have one, got it used for 120 bucks when my u joints went bad and the drive shaft broke. I didn't notice a single difference with it on.
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i know that you could also use a aero star drive shaft. there aluminum and cheap at a junkyard. just make sure you get it balanced first cause they use fork lifts sometimes to lift and move the cars witch can damage the driveshaft... new yokes, used aluminum driveshaft, and balanced at about 150 dollars probably.
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OK, so I decided to rehab the 95 and not toss it. I have to put in a TOB when the weather gets nicer. That exploded into a lot of parts. New TOB, stage 2 clutch, Flywheel, adjustable clable, quadrand, new hardware, new transmission retainer. I figured What the hell and even got a new exhaust since the old had to come off while working, why not put new back on.

My question is, since the drive shaft is coming off is it worth getting the ford racing aluminum one or spend the cash on new gears and say piss on the drive shaft.
I would do the repairs to the clutch first then drive it to see if that solved any of the vibration issues. Like Scotty posted check out a few things first. 5.0s are know for rubber internals failing on the balancer. I would do the gears first if your stock driveshaft is in good condition. The driveshaft wouldnt fall off my list I would just move it a little further down. What gears do you have, if I remember correctly the 2.73 and 3.08 cars have an external weight attached to the rear end, you can check it also.
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I have a balanced aluminum driveshaft from ford racing and 3.73 gears if I could pick only one of those id toss that f***ing driveshaft in the ditch....... I've noticed minimal difference if any..... And this is on a 95....... Gears are the way to go man
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