Toyota Tacoma Rear Drive Shaft
Single piece drive shaft replacement for those troublesome two piece Toyota Tacoma shafts, no more carrier bearing! This double cardan style drive shaft, in addition to working better at higher angles, it also reduces the amount of complexity of the drive shaft. Less moving parts means less things to fail. If you have a lifted Tacoma, you may be experiencing the typical Tacoma drive shaft shudder. This is usually felt upon take off or at low speeds while accelerating. If that is what you are experiencing, your problem is most likely the drive shaft angles. Most of the time this shaft fixes the shudder and vibration problems created by lifting your Tacoma. Sometimes however the vibrations will persist. Because of this, we recommend that you only buy this shaft if you are experiencing problems with your stock drive shaft. If you don't have any vibration issues currently, it may be best to stick with the stock shaft. If you get a shaft from us and it does not meet your expectations, you have 30 days to return it for a refund. Overall our customers have very good success with our Toyota Tacoma drive shafts, but every once in a while our drive shaft does not fix the customer's vibration problems.
Tacoma drive shaft lengths and flange patterns vary. In our experience there is no single standard length or flange patterns for any particular model. To ensure that you get the right thing you will need to take a couple measurements before ordering your drive shaft. You need to measure the distance from your transfer case flange to your differential flange. You will also need to measure the bolt pattern at each end. It is important that you measure the bolt pattern on each end because they are often not the same at both ends. Sorry, we are not able to build rear drive shafts for 2WD prerunner Toyota Tacomas.
Key product features
- Eliminates the carrier bearing.
- Eliminates the complexity of the two-piece stock shaft.
- Double cardan design for smooth operation on lifted trucks.
- Uses 1310 series universal joints. These are the most common size of u-joint there is. Replacement joints are much easier to find than stock Toyota style joints.
- Shaft uses 3.5" diameter DOM steel tubing. Better quality tubing than most stock Toyota shafts use.
- Can be built using our greaseable Goldseal universal joints or non-greaseable joints.
- Includes 8 new bolts which may be required at either end of the shaft.
If you have any questions along the way, give us a call.
Watch the video below for to see how to measure, how we build, and how to install a Toyota Tacoma rear drive shaft.
I really wish I would’ve bought this earlier for my 2013 Tacoma. I fought with the vibrations from my drive shaft for about a year and a half. I replaced the carrier bearing and all the u-joints to try to fix the vibration and although it worked temporarily, I believe this is the only permanent fix. Great buy, would highly recommend!
I had a mild vibration since I bought my 2016 tacoma with 6k miles on it. I put a 1 inch lift on it with 265/70r17 tires and the vibration got worse. I replaced the needle bearing in the front diff and still felt the vibration. I drove like this for thousands of miles and almost traded my truck in. I went under my truck and noticed that the u-joints were shot... but apparently they've been like that since the truck had 6k miles on it. Instead of paying to have the u-joints fixed I just bought a Tom Woods drive shaft and installed it myself in my driveway. Took me an hour and a half and it was super simple. Took it for a test drive and I couldn't even explain the happiness I felt because all of the vibrations were completely gone. The shudder at take off and clunk when going into reverse... gone. It fixed all the driveline issues. I love my truck again. Highly recommend. Thank you Tom Woods!
U-joints and carrier bearing were going bad on my Gen 1with 2.5" lift, the whole shaft was vibrating and slapping really bad. Ordered the 4" greaseable from Tom Woods. Easy install took about 1.5 hrs after work. This thing is awesome. Vibrations and noise are completely gone from 0-however fast I drive. My truck has always had a pretty good vibration on the interstate, even before the stock shaft went bad. This new 4" shaft from Tom Woods has completely gotten rid of it. Truck has never drove straighter. Very high quality parts as well. I was nervous that the 4" would not have much room at the carrier bearing bracket so I was planning on cutting the bracket off. No need, I have plenty of room even under flex. If you are having similar issues just buy one and thank yourself later. Best money I've spent - not to sound like every other review on here.
I own a 2010 tacoma and have been through three carrier bearings in 7 years, so when I learned someone was making custom one piece shafts I had to jump on it.
Now it rides so smooth it feels like I have a new truck.
Best 700$ I spent on it!
New bolts that came with the shaft were wrong size, but the factory were reusable, so no worries.
Thank you Tom Woods and shaft builders for your expertise!
Have a 97 Tacoma single cab that had my old drive shaft extended for a while but took a crap on me. Threw the Tom woods driveshaft in and it’s smooth as can be, never had the truck feel that way before, no more vibrations or noise and it’s smooth going down the highway 😁 10/10 recommend!