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Tom Woods will build you a better quality front driveshaft.
 

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I wonder what Tom Woods does with the POS CV joint. That tiny little aligning pin & ball receiver is definitely the weak link in the stock shaft. Once that alignment pin breaks it’s all over especially at highway speeds.
On a non lifted truck, I don’t even know why they need a CV joint. The angles aren’t that extreme. I’m sure glad I have a free spin kit. Saved my butt a few times when the CV joint started to fail.
 
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I need to remove my front shaft until I can order one from Tom. I really don't want to risk this happening.
 

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The same thing happend to my friend in idaho. He has a 2003 third gen with the manual shift transfer case. It jumped into 4wd while the automatic was shifting into overdrive going 50-60 miles a hour. Exploded the transfercase and put a hole in the transmission bell housing. Dropped a driveshaft on the freeway which hit a car behind him. Huge expensive mess.

I believe there was a recall for these trucks because the transfercase was too easy to shift causing these problems.
 

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Also I hate to burst your bubble, but for the guys with a 68RFE trans they're the most problematic because they were literally designed for a front wheel drive mini van, and when they ran out of 48's for the trucks they started putting the 68's in the trucks. Nice...
 

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The same thing happend to my friend in idaho. He has a 2003 third gen with the manual shift transfer case. It jumped into 4wd while the automatic was shifting into overdrive going 50-60 miles a hour. Exploded the transfercase and put a hole in the transmission bell housing. Dropped a driveshaft on the freeway which hit a car behind him. Huge expensive mess.

I believe there was a recall for these trucks because the transfercase was too easy to shift causing these problems.
That may be the story he told you, but I doubt it lol. I have an 03, and that's just not very likely...A more likely scenario was he tried shifting on purpose at the wrong time and grenaded it, that they will do.
 

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That may be the story he told you, but I doubt it lol. I have an 03, and that's just not very likely...A more likely scenario was he tried shifting on purpose at the wrong time and grenaded it, that they will do.
I was about to say...

My T-case shifter is on the floor where any other manual shifter should be. If I don't touch it, it doesn't shift. Easy isn't a word I'd use to describe shifting from 2-hi to anything else. Mine takes a bit of effort. I don't see how it could be done on accident unless someone was doing something else they probably shouldn't be doing.
 
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My 273 once shifted on my own. Unfortunately it was with the free spin hubs unlocked at highway speeds. It only happened for a split second but made a nasty noise trying to engage without the front shaft spinning. Had to rebuild the transfer case after that mishap.
If the hubs were locked or in factory form, it would not know the difference since shaft speed is the same front to rear
 

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I do remember replacing the shift linkage on my TC a while back the shift lever was moving all over the place and that worried me. It just needed new rubber vibration isolators and good to go. If you're worried, or see it slopping around you may want to crawl under and inspect it.
 

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That may be the story he told you, but I doubt it lol. I have an 03, and that's just not very likely...A more likely scenario was he tried shifting on purpose at the wrong time and grenaded it, that they will do.
I find that highly unlikely, his truck makes 600 horsepower on the highest tune and possibly the poor transfer case couldn’t take it all. The transfer case was very easy to shift according to him.
 

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I find that highly unlikely, his truck makes 600 horsepower on the highest tune and possibly the poor transfer case couldn’t take it all. The transfer case was very easy to shift according to him.
Might have been loose linkage like @Gator1 said above. They sell beefed up linkage for anyone that wants it. I'm considering it just in case.
 

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Best story I ever heard was my brother trying to explain how he was just driving along and his $11000.00 race trans blew up, and sent a gear flying through the air. Turns out what really happened was he blew a shift, over revved it, and then slammed it into gear, and KABOOOM!!! Like I said, we all have our stories, the ones we tell our selves, the one's we tell our friends, and the one's we tell the police.🤣
 
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