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Center Support Bearing Removal

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Old 07-31-2006, 08:19 AM   #1
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Center Support Bearing Removal

I just wanted to give thanks for Steve at South Bay Driveline for helping me solve a irritating problem that I was having. After lifting my '84 Extended Cab I was experiencing some "spine tingling" vibrations coming from underneath the truck. After climbing under the truck, I found that the center support bearing was completely worn out and the rear half of the driveshaft's pinion angle sucked. Once I discovered this, I weighed the options and found that I could either replace the center support bearing and have the same thing happen down the road, or I could cut it all out and replace it with a one piece shaft. After doing some looking on the net, I stumbled across this article and it grabbed my attention (http://www.4x4wire.com/toyota/tech/driveshaft/).

After reading the entire article a couple of things stuck out. This shaft was, in essence, a chevy shaft built to fit onto our Toyota trucks. This shaft was completely ready to go and outfitted with Dana/Spicer u-joints which means they are strong, as well as easy and cheap to replace if needed. I was sold, so I contacted Steve and all he required was the flange-to-flange measurements in order to get the shaft built. I provided him with these numbers and he custom built and shipped the shaft the same day. When I recieved the shaft, it was noticably lighter and beefier, so I put it in and haven't looked back.

I just thought I would give Steve some "props" since he treated me really well and the price was more than reasonable. That's just my two cents.

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