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Rilsy
04-17-2006, 08:06 PM
i am in need of a front drive shaft and planning on making a square shaft... has any one done this before using the ends of a stock front shaft... what size metal did u use... any problems?thanks

Billjohn
04-17-2006, 09:36 PM
Ever do rocks? Ever scrape bottom?

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Food for thought...

Itsmejoe231
04-17-2006, 09:57 PM
It is a cheap alternative, but not very reliable. You will be welding cast to carbon steel but it can be done and like Bill said it is loud clankin cause you will not get a perfect fit. I think people are using 1 1/2" and 2" respectively.

Zee
04-17-2006, 10:12 PM
most of the ones we have been doing are made from hitch stock.
If you DD your rig,you will not get one balanced.
Z

bigflex
04-17-2006, 11:32 PM
i know quite a few guys that run them with mucj sucsess. but as Zee stated they are not good for on road rigs. so if you drive you rig on the street i wouldnt go that rought. and ItsmeJoe already told you the size.just be sure it has a 1/4" wall . i have actually seen them come in handy on the rocks when high centered. it will walk the rig over some.:dance:

Rilsy
04-18-2006, 12:20 AM
i don't see how i cant DD my truck with a sqaure shaft.. i wont be driving on the streets in 4wd? thanks for all the measurments.. i think im gunna try it out.

txzuk1988
04-18-2006, 09:38 PM
Penetration........built my front drive shaft from square tube......not enough heat on first attempt. Joe watches me blow up my goober welded square d shaft:oops:

tow my junk home and pull apart the shaft and crank the TIG to bug zapper mode:mrgreen: problem solved......

It will work. but mine does clank some......keep welding and grinding to get the tolerance closer......the price is right thou:dance:

Rich

bigflex
04-18-2006, 09:57 PM
i don't see how i cant DD my truck with a sqaure shaft.. i wont be driving on the streets in 4wd? thanks for all the measurments.. i think im gunna try it out.

Duh! I didnt even think of that. :funny: im fealin a little stupid right now.

i say go for itbigok

purevil71
04-18-2006, 10:12 PM
one of the guys in our club is using the square PTO shafts you find at farm supply stores. Got the thick stuff and it has a spline on it as well to help hold it together. Works well for him!

maxduty
04-18-2006, 10:31 PM
don't use 1 1/2 and 2inch. Use hitch stock, they make a 2" OD and a 2" ID. You'll have to grind off the weld seam to make it slide though. Probably want to put in a grease fitting while you're at it.

Bull
04-19-2006, 09:41 AM
I've seen driveshafts on Ebay and Craigslist go for $25 or less, or go to a wrecking yard and get a Kick, Tracker or Toy driveshaft and modify it to fit the Sammy.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987-suzuki-samurai-front-drive-shaft_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33728QQitemZ80576 73690QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW