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Old 10-04-2009, 05:14 PM
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its 50" 1/4 of a inch from center to center of u joints and ya its aluminum
That's the same length as the Explorer DS
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:18 PM
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sweet i think
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:24 PM
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P.S. me thinks aluminum is best for mpg and horsepower
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Old 10-04-2009, 05:26 PM
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Maybe that's why ford only puts the aluminum one behind the automatics, since a manual transmission uses less power which = less gas?
More than likely, it's a difference in powertrain deflection / vibration issues. Aluminum shafts generally use a thicker wall and have different deflection characteristics. Unfortunately, they also cost more to produce. Like any other engineering compromise, Ford uses the least expensive option that gets the job done for a given powertrain combination.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:05 PM
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Mine is a 5 speed with aluminum DS, unknown length.

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Old 10-04-2009, 08:07 PM
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Wanna trade Clem??
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:47 PM
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my 00 has a alum shaft.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:51 PM
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my 00 has a alum shaft.
You probably have the auto trans then.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:55 PM
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I have a steel DS on my 02 2.3 5spd manual.
10rwhp though eh? sounds like a good deal to me, I gotta find my local junk yards and see if I might find an aluminum one.
didn't get a chance to measure it tonight though.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:33 AM
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my 07 5 speed has an aluminum one
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:53 AM
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my 07 5 speed has an aluminum one
4x4s are different.

Only in the 2wd does the D/S seem to be steel for 5spd manuals & aluminum for the auto's.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:46 AM
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My old 96 2wd long bed was aluminum.
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You probably have the auto trans then.
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4x4s are different.

Only in the 2wd does the D/S seem to be steel for 5spd manuals & aluminum for the auto's.
nope got a 5 speed trans it came factory on the truck the only thing ive done to it is change the u joints
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:08 PM
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yeah im pretty sure i have an aluminun shaft on my 02, it and auto
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:46 AM
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Not really Snowball.
I am curious how thick the tube material is on the aluminum DS.
Not enough to drill a hole though.

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