I went through this (detailed in this thread). All I could find out is that there must have been a parts changeover at some time and the newer models have that extra 1/4 clearance that ours doesn't have.I'm replacing my front driveshaft on my 02 Dakota sport. I went and bought a reman. I got home tried installing n the new one was 1/4in to long. This new part measured 24 1/4in. Reading through post I see I'm not the only one who has this issue. Any suggestions?
See your local driveline shop, bring your shaft with you and they will replace the entire rzeppa head from anywhere from $185 to $225 depending.I called the Dodge dealer today. They matched the part number off of my original shaft and said it was $412. Also, it's on backorder until 2/23 .
I called a local fabrication place but I need to take the original shaft into them before they can quote any specifics.
What a PITA.
Probably not. There are several different part numbers over the years and they don't match between '98 and '01.My 01 dak has the front drive shaft with the cv joint but at my local u-pull it yard theres a 98 durango with a drive shaft with u joints on both ends. Will it work on mine?
measure the old shaft. There are two lengths available. 26-1/4 and 24-1/4. Looks like yours is a 24-1/4. You can tell the difference, the 26" has an extendable boot. The 24 inch is just a rubber seal.I am replacing my front drive shaft due to the torn CV boot that grenaded the joint.
I got the old shaft out, and when I went to fit the new one I've found it's not fitting in. It's a double U-joint model, with a slip shaft. The shaft is completely compressed and it still seems like I need another 1/4" to get it in.
If I mount the front yoke first, I can't get the back in, if I slide the back in, the front won't go in because of the lip that fits into the front yoke.
Is it possible I have the wrong part, or am I missing something?
The old shaft will compress down to almost 1/2" less than the new shaft at full compression, which worries me.