Toyota Tacoma Rear Drive Shaft

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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 Spicer joints. 
  • Includes 8 new bolts which may be required at either end of the shaft. 

Please check out our Toyota tech page below. If you have any questions along the way, give us a call.

Click here for more technical information and for photos showing how to measure for the correct shaft. 

Watch the video below for to see how to measure, how we build, and how to install a Toyota Tacoma rear drive shaft. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 75 reviews
Rodney Bates
awesome driveshaft

I own a 2014 single cab 4wd Tacoma. 2 years ago I had a 6" lift installed with 33" tires. I loved the look of it, but hated the nasty noises and vibrations that came with it. I was recently told that Tom Woods was the place to go to for a custom driveshaft that would most likely make the issues go away. It worked and I love driving my truck. Great workmanship and knowledgeable staff. I only wish I had heard of TW sooner than I did!

Colton Calandra
Wish I bought it sooner!

Have had my driveshaft running for a couple of months now and it is night and day difference! Gave the truck new life and a smooth ride, no more hopping on acceleration. I have a 2009 Tacoma 150k miles and 2.5” lift. Much more reliable/durable than the 2 piece shaft.

D Cain
Super Shaft

Install was easy and test drive 0-85mph was vibration free. My Tacoma has an Old Man Emu 3" lift. I did install 3 degree spacers under my spring shackles, but did not install a T-case drop.

In retrospect, I was somewhat hesitant about installing a one piece driveshaft after my local driveline service didn't want to do it, and an eBay driveshaft maker said it couldn't be done, but after watching the videos and reading the reviews, I decided to give it a shot. Now, I can't understand why anyone would have problems with this driveshaft. A quality product from a quality manufacturer.

Thanks to all at Tom Woods!

Bryan Stephenson
Just what I needed!

for my 2020 Tacoma, I installed a 3" Ready-Lift kit and was super excited to drive for the first time until "it" reared it's ugly head...the Tacoma Vibes... Yes, if I would have researched lifts on Tacomas a bit more, I would have found the ugly truth about what lurks under the truck when you install a lift. Needle bearings, shims, drop spacers, blah blah blah, this list goes on! Well, after nailing down what is really causing the issue and the 25mph vibration, that is when I discovered pinion angles. I won't bore the masses, just Youtube Tacoma pinion angles and that is all you will need to know and the exact reason as to why you just need to stop wasting your time (Like I did), scrap the 2 piece problem child, and purchase a Tom Woods Driveshaft. My rear pinion was off about 3 Degrees, give or take, and my front differential angle was about .4 degrees. Sure, I could have purchased 2 degree shims but honestly, I wasn't sure that THAT would even do the trick. I found many Tacoma faithful on the Tacoma World message boards, talking about this drive shaft and how they swear by 2 things... Replacing the needle bearing, which I did myself, and ordering a TW driveshaft. It took me an hour in total and I have to admit, if It wouldn't have been my first time, I could have done it in 20 minutes. It is NOT hard to do at all. Once I installed and torqued everything to spec, I test drove my beautiful white taco and could not stop smiling! This literally is a must have folks. Ok everything I said above was quite theatrical but it is all true. I have done many mods to this truck and if you are going to do a 3" or higher lift, just do yourself a favor and purchase this, or else you will fall down the rabbit hole of reasearching "Why is my damn 20xx Tacoma shuddering?". Great work on making this process seamless from order to delivery! Oh, the one thing that kind of bummed me out was that my new drive shaft did not come with the fancy Tom Woods sticker on it so I am deducting .25 stars. :)

Ryan Olivieri
beautiful work

its smooth and silent and I no longer worry about dropping a driveshaft on the freeway. It looks nicer than the OEM to me.