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    buggies and trailer queens... What size driveshaft tube do you run???

    I'm finally to the point where I can measure and buy/build drive shafts for the rig. I'm trying to decide between building them myself or buying built and balanced shafts. I'm also trying to figure out what size tube is the correct amount of overkill for the new shafts so I don't need to worry about them again. EOR sells a builder kit made for 2.5" .25 wall DOM tube that I'm considering, or Rocky Mountain Driveline says they could build a similar one, but their first quote for a 1410 shaft is a 3" or 3.5" thin wall shaft (.083 I think). The smaller diameter, thick tube seems like it would be a better set up for clearances and rock impact.

    For Reference:
    '05 Superduty axles
    Yokes are all 1410 and will be non-cv shafts. (angles are decent enough)
    This is on an LS powered truggy. Right now, it's a 4.8, but want to be able to handle a 6.0 if I trade it out ever (or forced induction on the 4.8).
    The front shaft is about 38" and the rear is about 33".
    I gave up on plates, so it's not going to see street time.

    What size and thickness tube do you guys run?
    Any preferred local shop to buy from?

    '01 "Cherokee" - Kind of....

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    all my drive shafts are 2.0 x .120 wall. but I don't have a V8..


    I have been using Rocky Mountain Driveline for sometime and had pretty good luck as they were super close to my old house... however i think Drive Line Specialist is a better shop but they are in Henderson.
    rig- 04 TJ for going to the malls and tow pig- 15 F350

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    i should add... i have made a few my self and they worked out ok for a trial only rig. but if i had a way to chock up drive shafts and check the run out on them i would just order the parts and make them and save a ton of cash no need to have a balanced shaft in a trail only buggy imo

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    I think I'm going to order 1 kit and see how the first build goes, then decide if I want to buy the second pre-made shaft or do another build.

    Looks like RM is in Arvada close buy if all goes horribly wrong!

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    check out this place they sale a ton of stuff and this is where i get my 1350 tube yokes

    http://www.northerndrivetrain.com/ca...shaftcomp.html

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    Front is tractor spline for 11" of slip. It's like 2" tube. Rear is 2.5 dia, not sure what wall but it is chromoly. I can swirl paint but so far have yet to dent it. I've had all my stuff done at Bill's for the last few years. Reasonable prices, quick turn, and have been good to me so far.

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    My front is 2" .250 wall. But it's looong. Like 42". Rear is short and up out of harm's way better. It's just stock 3.5" 1ton chevy cut down. Never had a problem with either. But I would not want thinner up front. It has sat on a few rocks.
    CJ/buggy,FI406,465,205,D60,14boltFF on beadlocked 39.50 swampers.See build.
    http://www.colorado4x4.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=134201
    '70Jeepster, 225,T-14,D20,10bolt,12bolt on 34/9.50/15 Swampers
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    I found shafts that had the ends that I needed and cut them up and sleeved them with some .188 wall tube.

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