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I twisted the passenger halfshaft tonight to resemble a licorice stick.. I thought my tire blew out initially. When I looked under the car, the halfshaft twisted to the point where the splines separated from the wheel. Pretty crazy stuff considering I am running a stock motor. Any input on what new halfshafts run or should I just upgrade to beefier halfshafts? (anyone have em for sale?)
Another thing, how difficult is it to change out the halfshaft?
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funny you should ask, i went through the process last week. the half shafts take 4 bolts a piece to remove. nothing major, did it on the floor of my garage under a jack. i would go with Unitrax, the heavy duty run 800ish, and the titanium are 1200ish.
 

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Roadkill said:
I twisted the passenger halfshaft tonight to resemble a licorice stick.. I thought my tire blew out initially. When I looked under the car, the halfshaft twisted to the point where the splines separated from the wheel. Pretty crazy stuff considering I am running a stock motor. Any input on what new halfshafts run or should I just upgrade to beefier halfshafts? (anyone have em for sale?)
Another thing, how difficult is it to change out the halfshaft?
Thnx..
Consider yourself lucky! I know MANY guys who lost a halfshaft and it took out their differential housing. The bright side is you didn't, and can now get beefier halfshafts. You should be able to get stock shafts cheap, since so many upgrade there is a surplus of used stockers on the market.
 

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Any decent driveshaft shop will be able to re-tube your stocker. They can probably up the wall thickness at the same time. This can most likely be done for less than buying a takeoff, with faster turnaround. These things are not magic.
 

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Gonna give my local dodge dealer a ring on monday.. See if this is covered under warranty, if not, who has a set of gen II stocker halfshafts for sale?? Worst case i will either buy a set of upgrades or go with GTS Dean's idea of getting a driveline shop to retube em.
 

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Roadkill said:
Gonna give my local dodge dealer a ring on monday.. See if this is covered under warranty, if not, who has a set of gen II stocker halfshafts for sale?? Worst case i will either buy a set of upgrades or go with GTS Dean's idea of getting a driveline shop to retube em.
The stock halfshafts list for $900 each (totally rediculious).
Which warranty you have will decide if it's covered under warranty, 3 year/ 36K original, or an extended warranty (there are several versions of the extended).

I twisted one on my 94, it was covered under the Added Care Plus warranty ($50 deductible).
I ended up with the twisted one and had it re-tubed for about $60-70 dollars if I remember right.

I bought the BTR halfshafts for my 97 GTS, with shipping about $700.

Good Luck!
 

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Ive got a set from a 2001 if it doesn't work out with RedSnakeGTS,
 

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96 R/T 10 said:
Ive got a set from a 2001 if it doesn't work out with RedSnakeGTS,
hey! leave my sales alone! seriously though, if you want to take them off 96's hands, feel free. mine are still on the car, and i really want what is best for you. dont feel you are tied up with me b/c i said i had them first. good luck in getting your car back on the road. if you still want mine, they are here to be had
 

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Redsnake and 96 rt/10 check your private messages.. Question though.. are the 96 halfshafts considered gen I or gen II?
 

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Fellow over on the club site offered to sell me his GTS stockers for $50 for the pair.. Awesome offer, I should have my viper up and running again by the end of the week! Thanks much to those on this board who offered to sell me some though! :thumb:

A pict of the damaged halfshaft:
 

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wheeeeeeeeeww, nasty. Would the car drive at all? I assume it seperated from the wheel as it pulled away.
 

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You're not kidding about 'twisted'. I thought a twisted half-shaft would start to twist and then just tear in half, but apparently not!
 

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Classic torsional failure of a thin walled tube. That's just what it's supposed to do. Get it re-tubed and you'll have a good spare.
 
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