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      02-23-2021, 02:40 PM   #1
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Experience with Ebay Special Front Driveshaft?

Title says it all. I'm looking for experiences, not Sinophobic rhetoric, thank you. If they went wrong, what was their failure mode?
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      02-23-2021, 04:33 PM   #2
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I've had an Amazon special front drive shaft for a year or so. No problems so far.

Factory one the ujoint bearings went bad. Ujoints were very stiff but no catastrophic failure. Only noticed cuz I took the shaft out for trans job.

I had called a local drive shaft repair company cuz I always like to try repair before replace, and local small biz before multi-national conglomerate. They said it cannot be repaired and a new one was like $500. I said "new ones on amazon are $106, sell me on why I should by from you." He said the amazon one is unlikely to fit and won't have balancing weights welded on.

So I got the amazon one anyways. Fit seems perfect. Has balancing weights welded on each end.

Amazon one probably isn't as good as genuine, but genuine lasted over 10 years. Even if Amazon lasts 5 years, that's good enough in my book.

Why the shaft doesn't just have replaceable ends/bearings, IDK.
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I bought one from ebay a long time ago, no issues at all. I think it was like $100, plenty of hard shifts on it.
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I bought one from ebay a long time ago, no issues at all. I think it was like $100, plenty of hard shifts on it.
Did the same on my brothers car. Probably has 5k on it now. Would have went amazon but they didn't list the manual as a car it would fit. I emailed them and confirmed. Pretty certain though the auto and manual are the same.
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Thank you!
For all those considering--90% of junkyards sell these shafts from crashed cars, some of which have been wrapped around telephone poles and they won't tell you(bent the shafts slightly). The OEM shafts seem to have a life of 70,000--130k-miles, which is right around the mileage the yards sell them to you.
They are expensive for a near-dead unit, require local pickup often, and, honestly, the OEM shafts are of pretty poor quality to begin with.
I suppose between the glass front diff and a transfer case designed by a Machiavellian monster, the Sch40 Pipe with some wobbly-bits on the end isn't, and won't-be the principle point of concern.
Can you tell I'm fed up with seXDrive?
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