Wow let me tell you.... If there's anybody out there in the frame of mind I've been for the last week, or anybody trying to upgrade their 2-peice driveshaft to a 1-peice aluminum one, don't shy away from the Dorman products! Please don't! I know the feeling of not trusting aftermarket parts that claim OEM quality, but man this driveline is so well made! For one, the factory Aam/Mopar product comes with those stupid plastic inserts which are why I ended up having to replace the driveshaft in the first place, while the new Dorman product comes with nice u joints with snap rings. Their not greaseable, but they are what's referred to as SERVICEABLE, while the factory u joints are clearly stated as being Non-Serviceable. Now, I'm a machinist, but these were my first u joints with the nylon insets and they kicked my . Long story short, I didn't do my due diligence before the project and beat on the u joints for about an hour and a half before realizing they needed to be heated to successfully remove the cups. This is where I said some choice words and realized, being a machinist, that I was ed. I had already stressed the fragile aluminum by beating on it, now I've gotta heat it up. Both yokes ended up toast on the driveshaft, and after researching and being in a certain financial distress, I chose the Dorman product for my truck from Stockwiseauto.com I'll embed a link at bottom. They were the cheapest, while claiming OEM quality, and they were the fastest claimed receipt date. I recieved the driveshaft yesterday and DAMN! It was beautiful! Aluminum welds look very good, nice penetration and they used AAM slip yoke and flange yoke! The test drive went well on the driveshaft end of things, though apparently sitting for a week killed my driver battery or my alternator, one of the two, or both, whatever happened now my alternator and driver battery are dead, with no charge coming from alternator whatsoever and the driver battery only holding 10v. Gotta love that goddamned luck sometimes
. Anyways that's for another thread or another time, this post is to praise Dorman for the excellent product they manufactured for my truck and for MANY of our trucks, and while everyone may have different experiences, I'm hear to tell you guys if you've been thinking about it, have dealt with woes similar to mine, or just aren't sure where to go, Dorman offers a great product. The experience was really good for me, Stockwiseauto.com shipped it fast, ordered it last Sunday it got here yesterday, was very well packaged and exceeded my expectation. Also relieved my rear end vibration completely. I guess I'm posting this because there wasn't a lot of info on these dorman shafts for our trucks, and I'm hoping to help someone out of a bind. Also in my research I heard a lot of guys are looking to upgrade to 2-peice to a 1-peice and are going thru driveshaft shops that may be a little over the price range if what the old lady's have in mind
I would rather bring my business to a place like that or more local but my pocket book and the current distress I was in caused me to pay one of the little big boys and they didn't let me down. Anyways I'm gonna cut this off, I'll post later to provide some pics, I'm at work right now, then afterwards I got a ton of to do as well as put a new alternator and battery on
hope this helps someone.
08 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 6.7 Cummins 68RFE Mega Cab SLT - DPF & EGR Delete H&S Mini Maxx w/ Trans Unlock running Performance tune - 295/70/R17 MT's on stock alloys 283,000