JK Front Drive Shaft, 1350 Series
Jeep JK front drive shaft noise. . . it is a common problem and is inevitable on nearly all lifted Jeep JK Wranglers. It comes down to the design. The stock drive shafts use Rzeppa CV joints that were designed only to work in stock Jeeps. Two or three inches of lift is enough to cause these CV joints to fail (watch the video below). JK drive shaft rebuild kits just don't cut it. That is why almost all JK drive shaft replacements are upgraded to a double cardan design (a double cardan is also commonly called a cv). The double cardan shaft will handle the angles that your stock drive shaft can not. The double cardan drive shaft is a time tested design that has proven itself in thousands of other Jeeps.
Tom Wood's 1350 series JK front shaft comes with the required output yoke for the transfer case and the bolts directly to the stock pinion flange. If you don't have stock flanges at both the transfer case and axle currently this shaft may not work and you should call us for more information.
Key product features
- Double Cardan design. Eliminates problematic CV joints, torn CV boots are a thing of the past.
- 2" diameter 0.120" wall USA made DOM tube.
- Extra long "X" spline for greater stability and greater range of movement.
- Forged slip yoke.
- Your choice between Tom Wood's exclusive Gold Seal greaseable universal joints or Spicer non-greaseable joints.
- Comes with required transfer case yoke (some "cheaper" shafts don't come with this part which means that you pay more in the long run)
- Comes with new double cardan bolts with reduced head for ease of installation.
- Best of all every shaft can be custom built to whatever length you need. So you can be sure that you will get the right thing the first time around.
Look at the chart in the photos for guidance on which series shaft is right for you.
As others have noted, they ship the custom driveshaft quickly, very well packaged. The only issue I had with install was getting my rust 14year old bolts out, installing the new was like gravy after that, got rid of all my clinking noises from the drive train. I off road a fair amount so I went with the 1350 ujoints!
The installation was intimidating at first, but was easy once I got started. Everything you need to know is in the instruction sheet. I swapped mine out in my garage without a lift. I can't believe how smooth these drive shafts are. They are better than stock, for sure. Excellent product!
Well -- I have to admit that I'm shocked about the quality of the driveshafts from Tom Wood's. I was reluctant to buy it [front driveshaft] because I was unfamiliar with the brand, but after watching Tom's video (Tom Wood's brand story, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7HCipVjsgs) and now experiencing the product, he's the real deal.
What did Tom say, "I don't really pay too much attention to what the competition does, I pay attention to what we do, and things take care of themselves that way." As a quality executive, I can tell you he's right, and his product speaks for itself.
I went to the only mechanic that I let touch my Jeep, New England Tire. And they are raving about Tom's driveshaft, and the manager will buy one for his wife's Jeep.
I can tell you; I love the drive of my 2015 Rubi with a 4" lift on 35's; it's a different experience, and it seems more responsive. After the holidays, I'm buying another driveshaft for the rear (and it doesn't need replacement). I like the difference I feel in my vehicle now. And, I appreciate Tom Wood's products and what their brand represents.
It was just a matter of time on my 2012 JKUR with an AEV 3.5” lift on the stock front shaft. Happy to have a great replacement in place from Tom Woods. Beefy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Super happy customer and will be replacing the rear shaft as soon as it gives me any indication of failure.
Took about a day for my custom driveshaft to get fabricated and on its way to me. Impressed to say the least. The install went perfectly because they provided all the right docs and info. I only did the front shaft this time, but no question my rear shaft will be a Woody.