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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Front Drive Shaft Woes

Looking for experience here. Hopefully from a vendor

I have been chasing a loud, habitual, binding noise from my front end for months now. It rarely goes away and vibrates through the floorboards at high speeds.

The truck has been to 3 different shops in Elkhart Indiana. To date, all of my ball joints, u-joints, wheel bearings and carrier bearing for the front shaft have been replaced. The third shop even rebuilt my front differential, but found nothing wrong once they got inside. Problem has never been fixed and each shop said they had run out of ideas. Hence 3 shops....

$2500 later, a friend recommended I remove the front drive shaft and see if that is the problem. Truck drives like a dream! It’s defiantly the front drive shaft.

I took the front shaft in to be rebuilt. $450 and it was completed. Shop said there was nothing wrong with it though.

I put the front shaft back on and it drives fine........for 2 blocks. I decide to drive it with the noise and all, in hopes that it just blows up. Three weeks later the noise is still there as well as the vibration. However, the noise is becoming more and more faint.

WTFrick. Any ideas? Should I get a custom shaft made? I’m scared to put another $500 into it and not be the problem for the 5th time. I’m $3k into it now and nothing has been resolved. I have narrowed it down to the front shaft I think. It drives like a Cadillac with it off. 2nd shop drained the fluid to the transfer case and said it was fine.

Truck has a 4.5 Febtech lift. w/35 12.5 tires. I have had the truck since new. The lift has been on for 5 years with no previous drive shaft issues. I did not extend the shaft, or index the transfer case. The kit did not recommend either. This problem just popped up. I’m am ready to beat the truck to death with a hammer!


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A 4.5" lift shouldn't be causing the misalignment issues you are having... But...
In my '09 with a 10" lift, I had the same symptoms you are having, and I ordered a custom length front driveshaft from Tom Woods (I got a Woody!) Driveshafts... And no issues ever since 👍

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Have you been greasing your cardigan joint ?

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you should have ordered the Tom Woods shaft instead of paying to have the stock one rebuilt. You know if it comes apart on you at high speed it will cause lots of high dollar damage..
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You may want to have the double joint ground for high angle. I had driveshaft shop do that to mine when they built a new one for me.

The noise and vibration could definitely be the result of joint bind due to the higher angle from the lift.

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