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Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask for?

Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask for?

Postby Scred [OP] » Jul 24 2019, 6:05pm

Hi, this is my first post here, from Boise, doing footwork for my son-in-law and his '02 K1500 Extended Cab, please bear with. We just had his 4L60E rebuilt and during the opening dismantle, the tech called to my attention a corkscrew-ish swipe on the 5-inch diameter, 68-1/4 inch long aluminum driveline, near the rear cap: it's 6 inches long, has some twist, indicating it hit something while rotating, and the impression is about 1/8 inch deep (if that) for its length. I was told that it's okay to run for a short time while seeking out another driveshaft but not for forever.

So, I began looking around: out of all three Jalopy Jungles here, the Nampa store had a 4-inch, about-ish 68-1/4 driveshaft...but from a '94 Sierra. Was worried as to whether or not the splines would match up so I refused. Seems all the Boise boys got to the other driveshafts. Figures. I'm not at all a fan of aluminum driveshafts so I'm now looking around to see if a steel driveshaft (as they should be) can be found for a good price. Aluminum just doesn't cut it for working trucks here in Boise. Thanks!
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Re: Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask

Postby 19trax95 » Jul 24 2019, 6:10pm

Why not just have one made? Any drive shaft shop should be able to get the parts to make one. These trucks are very common. Can even try some performance shops.
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Re: Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask

Postby Scred [OP] » Jul 24 2019, 6:14pm

Will look around here for a shop then, was curious as to whether or not there were any vendors that sold 'em ready-made. Google isn't much of a help in the quest and my last query resulted in one of the results being a recipe for onion dip. O well...will search for a shop, thanks!
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Re: Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask

Postby Walkers » Jul 24 2019, 8:20pm

You can buy it on Rockauto.com for $360.79
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Re: Is a steel driveshaft for an '02 really too much to ask

Postby 19trax95 » Jul 24 2019, 8:24pm

The potential issue with buying one, is that the yolk sizes are different between the aluminum and steel shaft trucks. The aluminum shafts had a larger joint cap size.

You could probably get a conversion joint, but its definitely something to be aware of.
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