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Old 05-11-2015, 10:39 PM   #1
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Driveline shudder!

Looks like another victim of abuse and neglect was the driveshaft. The AEDs (Rear End Diesels) have a cute little driveshaft thats a two yokes coupled by a spline.

I noticed a significant vibration that started about 35 mph. I found a significant amount of play in the spline and ujoints. They look pretty dry. I'll update my odyssey on finding a new driveshaft.
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:59 AM   #2
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Let me know if I can help. One of my customers owns an excellent driveshaft company that can fabricate any driveshaft up to 12 feet long.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:54 AM   #4
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The drive shaft was installed out of phase.

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Lucky not more damage
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:51 PM   #7
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Driveline shudder!

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Anything can happen under a shade tree.

Unfortunately, this was done by a shop.

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Based on the receipts the previous owners were incapable of even changing oil.
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:56 PM   #8
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Here's another bit of quality work:

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Ready for reassembly.
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I was a little surprised that the splines go straight through and are open to the yoke. It's possible that a rubber baffle or something is missing. In any case it's important to keep the splines lubricated to keep contamination out. Turns out everything was well lubricated and the splines were in good shape. The out of phase shutter beat up the u-joints but didn't appear to damage anything else. I hope!

U-joints were about $75 each. $10 for a new spline seal. Could have been worse. Used Spicer series 1610 driveshafts run about $600 and you would probably have to have it shortened. New from Spartan are about $1200.
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