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H8CHEVY
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From: Southern Cali
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posted 04-20-2001 02:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for H8CHEVY   Click Here to Email H8CHEVY     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anyone can tell me if the driveshaft that I have with my 8" will need to be altered when I install the 9" rear end in my car???? thanks.......

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ccode67
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posted 04-20-2001 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ccode67   Click Here to Email ccode67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It depends on the yoke, they do have small short yokes which mean you can reuse the u joints and not have to modify the length of your driveshaft.

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steve'66
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posted 04-20-2001 10:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree w/ ccode. It worked on our '66 w/o changing the driveshaft, but we did need a special u-joint because the short small yoke on our 9" was made for a larger dia. u-joint bearing cap.

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TomP
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posted 04-20-2001 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve

small U-joints

thats something that should be changed before it breaks ,or will need to be after!

The big U-Joint short yoke and large joint slip yoke should be easy enough to find, look at the T5 yokes to fit that toploader. Then a big U-Joint driveshaft can be gotten from a wrecker just measuring the center-to -center length . (guessing 49-50")

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steve'66
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posted 04-20-2001 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom,

Thanks for the tip! I'll keep an eye on it. But so far so good.... Maybe when it hooks?!?!? I've got a trailer so if it does break it'll get a ride home. LOL

SteveW

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jjy
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posted 04-21-2001 09:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjy   Click Here to Email jjy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i switched in a 9" a few weeks ago. i had to shorten the driveshaft about an inch and a half with the 9" in. my yoke bolted right up, just measure how much needs to be taken off the driveshaft to allow 1/2 to 1 inch of the slip yoke to hang out of the trans, just enought to bolt everything up. the machine shop charged me $40, i think.

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