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Old 05-21-2020, 12:36 AM #1
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Can I drive with the rear drive shaft off and center diff locked?

I've been fighting a vibration for a while now. From 1-10 (10 being a death wobble), it used to be a 6 and after replacing a bunch of parts (UCAs, LCAs, UBJs, LBJs, inner and outer tie rods, steering rack bushings, steering shaft, road force wheel balance, ECGS bushing), I got it down to a 1. It's a very slight vibration now when going 60+ mph. Doesn't matter if I'm on the gas or off, it's still there.

Now I'm thinking of replacing the u joints but after checking them out, the drive shaft feels nice and tight. I figure that if I remove the rear drive shaft and lock the center diff, I can see if it still vibrates. If it doesn't, then I know the rear drive shaft needs either a balance, u joint, cardan or all of the above.

Has anyone driven without the rear shaft before? Seems like it'll work but I don't want to mess it up in any way.

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I donít think thereís any harm in trying that. I wouldnít put a huge load on your driveline as your front diff isnít designed to take the full load of the vehicle, I think if you take it easy itíll be fine. You might get some speedo/abs issues with it off but thatís probably it.
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Many folks whoíve broke u-joints and other rear drive parts have drove home in front wheel drive.
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No problem at all.

Mark the drive shaft yokes before you remove it so you can re-install it the same way.
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