Originally Posted by mortyrman
I did a little research with this lift kit, so I knew that i'd have to replace the driveshaft BUT Superlift hints that the front driveshaft lasts for about 20k miles, but after speaking with some 4x4 shops in CA, they were REALLY surprised that my front driveshaft has lasted over 10k miles. They told me that typically they have to replace them in less than 3k miles. It still is a bit of a pain.
They could last 50k, they could last 200mi. It's not a matter of if.....it's a matter of when. Puts that rear joint in a bind. Whenever someone is looking into a Superlift, I always suggest carrying the tools with you that remove the shaft at all times just in case that joint goes poop. Mine required a 50mile tow since I didn't have the torx tools with me. But I had all my other tools including the allen sets. My 70k original shaft only lasted maybe 4k after the SL install. Yet a local guy's Superlifted 150k Ranger is still on it's original past 20k after install.
How do you remove it?? Well......sorry. It's not all too hard to figure it out. Look under there and get to wrenchin'! One end has 6 8mm bolt heads. The other end has 4 torx head bolts with straps under 'em holding the shaft to the axle. I don't recall the size at the moment but I want to say T25 to T30. I highly suggest replacing those with allen head cap screws. I've had those torx bits break off in the screw about 3 times on different trucks.
Alternative to the SL shaft?? Build your own. I built mine brand spankin' new for under 300. Start with a junkyard shaft and that price would be cut down to maybe 200 tops including shortening & balancing, the adapter, and new joints. I'd post a link, but the other Ranger Forums links are blocked.
The SL shaft is basically what Ford used to have in the front of the older trucks(97 and older). But has an adaptor that mates the stupid ass CV bucket design on the tcase to the way more typical and common U-joint flange.