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Old 04-05-2007, 02:50 PM
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Question Driveshaft retube

I'm taking my DS in to get retubed at englewood DS (unless there is somewhere better) as soon as my u joints come in.

I'm guessing they will know what to retube it with but should I go up in thickness?

Romer, what thickness did you get yours retubed with

I don't want to slow down the 95HP with more rotating mass a whole lot more than I aready have.
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:53 PM
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.120 for durability. .096 for a little more "street."

frontrange driveline at federal and 285 always does a great job for me.

I've had 3 shafts fixed up/made there and they all are still driveable. (one just has a really worn out slipyoke. nobody's fault.)

Thicknesses:

I destroyed a stock mini-truck shaft on a single rock in lefthand carnage canyon once. I think that was about .060. I drove Boulder to Aurora at 35 mph on that one.

I had that wreck re-tubed by a shop out in Commerce City. That shaft got wrecked again on rocks @ billing's canyon. The tube was smaller in diameter for the last 4 inches after rubbing it on the ledges. It didn't fail, but it sucked driving home to Aurora from Grand Junction on the necked down, slightly bent shaft at 70mph. I think that shaft was .096.

My FrontRange driveline shafts have not dented or broken yet. I told them I plan on parking the truck on the driveshafts and when the guy looked under my truck at the dents/scrapes he understood. So far, the front range shafts have only lost paint and a few grease nipples. I cannot tell the difference in the tubing thicknesses while driving on the road. I say go thick. My current units are .120.

My spare square front driveshaft is .250. That is a little overkill.
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Englewood will take care of ya...
Specify Toyota U joints if needed, however. He likes Spicer.
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Specify Toyota U joints if needed, however.
I'm taking in Toyota u-joints when they arrive(hopefully) fri.

so what's stock roughly on oem tubes?
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Don't remember, but it's thinner than what he usually uses. "These Toyota u-joints and yokes are fine, but the tube is kinda thin." That's what he told me when he retubed my rear fj40 driveshaft in 2001.
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I'm taking in Toyota u-joints when they arrive(hopefully) fri.

so what's stock roughly on oem tubes?
.060" or maybe a hair more for OEM. .120" is really stout and can withstand serious abuse but it then transfers the abuse to the next part in the chain - the U-joints and then to the pinion or t/case bearings. Two different drive train shops I have worked with may prefer to sell you their favorite brand u-joints but both have had nothing but the highest regard for Toyota joints. With regular maintenance they are virtually bullet proof. Imagine that!
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I went .120 on my 100 rear. Tagged it once and it's still straight and balanced.
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I think stock is .065". I did .120 wall on my 80 and the Tom Woods shafts on my 40 are .120 as well. It takes a lot to dent .120 wall! Stock will dent very easy and once it dents it will twist soon after!
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I don't recall the exact number. I know I went there with a recommendation from Mud and they talked me out of it saying it was too thick. Those guys know their stuff and I went with what they thought.
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I don't recall the exact number. I know I went there with a recommendation from Mud and they talked me out of it saying it was too thick. Those guys know their stuff and I went with what they thought.
If they said it was too thick that tells me they didn't stock what you asked for!
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