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Old 01-27-2015, 12:39 PM   #1
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One piece driveshaft installed.

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Recently picked up a one piece driveshaft from the Axle Exchange for my 2012 V6.

Installed it today, a few hours ago. Installation was not the most difficult, however I was using jackstands and had a tad problem with clearance issues which i will get to.

Simple hand tools were used: Breaker bar, torque wrench, 12 point 12mm socket, mallet, screw driver and socket extensions

Removing the bolts were not to difficult, did have to use extensions due to the fact that my breaker bar head was to large and the driveshaft got in the way.

Most difficult part for me was breaking off the driveshaft after removing all bolts were removed. I used a rubber mallet as well as a screwdriver between the rear axle flange and driveshaft to break it off. This was where i ran into clearance issues, I was on jackstands and couldn't get enough force to hit the screwdriver hard enough. However after enough swear words, i got it

Slid the stock driveshaft through the rear and compared it to the new driveshaft. completely different, weight is definitely noticeable.

Installed new driveshaft with ease, I used blue lock tight, torqued all bolts down to 75 ft, completed this much faster than removing the stock Ds.

The first drive did feel different to me personally. The shifting through the power bands did feel a lot smoother, i didn't get any rough shifting or anything weird. No vibration at all in the higher speeds, overall a very well built, quality made driveshaft and i am completely happy with my purchase.

TL: DR- Bought new driveshaft, installed was fairly easy, driving is fun.
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Nice write up man. How much did you get it for and from where? I'm in the market for a new one

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Nice write up. How long did it take? Can you post again after a while and let us know how it affects your mpgs? A while back there was a discussion about whether mpgs would go up or down, and consensus ended up being that it would depend on whether you do more highway or city driving. The idea was that in the city the reduced rotational mass of the one piece helps accelerate easier, but on the freeway the added rotational mass of the stock driveshaft helps maintain cruising speed with less energy. It would help to see what happens on yours.

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Hello forums!

Recently picked up a one piece driveshaft from the Axle Exchange for my 2012 V6.

Installed it today, a few hours ago. Installation was not the most difficult, however I was using jackstands and had a tad problem with clearance issues which i will get to.

Simple hand tools were used: Breaker bar, torque wrench, 12 point 12mm socket, mallet, screw driver and socket extensions

Removing the bolts were not to difficult, did have to use extensions due to the fact that my breaker bar head was to large and the driveshaft got in the way.

Most difficult part for me was breaking off the driveshaft after removing all bolts were removed. I used a rubber mallet as well as a screwdriver between the rear axle flange and driveshaft to break it off. This was where i ran into clearance issues, I was on jackstands and couldn't get enough force to hit the screwdriver hard enough. However after enough swear words, i got it

Slid the stock driveshaft through the rear and compared it to the new driveshaft. completely different, weight is definitely noticeable.

Installed new driveshaft with ease, I used blue lock tight, torqued all bolts down to 75 ft, completed this much faster than removing the stock Ds.

The first drive did feel different to me personally. The shifting through the power bands did feel a lot smoother, i didn't get any rough shifting or anything weird. No vibration at all in the higher speeds, overall a very well built, quality made driveshaft and i am completely happy with my purchase.

TL: DR- Bought new driveshaft, installed was fairly easy, driving is fun.
ahh good ol clunky sittin next to a shiny new 1 piece! notice any clunks now when moving around between 1st/2nd gears at low speeds?
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I actually found mine off of craigslist, used with 2500 miles on it, got it for 350 so it was pretty cheap, i did do a full inspections ect to make sure there were no cracks or anything of the sort. Guy bought a new 2015 gt so was selling all parts.

I will definitely keep an eye on my mpg, i never do highway driving I do all city driving.

Overall from jacking up the car to putting all my tools away it took 1:30 hours. Started at 8:30 finished up at 10.

I did have that low speed kind of clunk with the stock driveshaft, felt unnatural. Feels a lot more smoother and refined at that shift, feels a lot better.
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I have that exact same shaft sitting in my room waiting for me lol. Waiting to get the UCA and safety loop then knock everything out at once.

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I actually found mine off of craigslist, used with 2500 miles on it, got it for 350 so it was pretty cheap, i did do a full inspections ect to make sure there were no cracks or anything of the sort. Guy bought a new 2015 gt so was selling all parts.

I will definitely keep an eye on my mpg, i never do highway driving I do all city driving.

Overall from jacking up the car to putting all my tools away it took 1:30 hours. Started at 8:30 finished up at 10.

I did have that low speed kind of clunk with the stock driveshaft, felt unnatural. Feels a lot more smoother and refined at that shift, feels a lot better.
350 is a good deal from what i know. this is on my list sooner than later....

Are Drive shafts different for GT and V6?
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I have a Bmr adjustable upper control arm as well as the mount in my closet. Saving that for when i do my suspension. Im just waiting on shocks and struts, currently have caster camber plates, upper control arm and mount, bumpsteer kit, h&r super sport springs and lower control arm relocation brackets

On the car i already have my front and rear sway bars (s&r) and bmr lower control arms

The shafts are different between the v6 and gt
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I have a Bmr adjustable upper control arm as well as the mount in my closet. Saving that for when i do my suspension. Im just waiting on shocks and struts, currently have caster camber plates, upper control arm and mount, bumpsteer kit, h&r super sport springs and lower control arm relocation brackets

On the car i already have my front and rear sway bars (s&r) and bmr lower control arms

The shafts are different between the v6 and gt
Did you check your pinion angle before/after? The consensus says it should change but by such a small amount it doesn't matter.

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I havent installed the upper control arm or mount i plan on doing it when i lower the car to get the final pinion angle needed
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