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.
2012 Tacoma with 2.5" Suspension lift. Had horrible vibrations after lift that got even worse as carrier bearing failed. Installed the Tom Woods one piece drive shaft and I now have absolutely no driveline vibrations! My only word of caution is to remove your old driveshaft to measure bolt pattern. I did not and ended up mis-measuring one end. Customer service was great and they were still able to get me everything needed very quickly so I could get my truck back in service.
329,000 miles on original driveshaft. I tried rebuilding and purchasing from local parts dealers just to return the shaft a few months later. The Tom Woods drives shaft has smoothed out all vibrations and is riding like new.
Have been dealing with the vibrations since the truck was new. Bought the Tacoma in 2009 brand new. Toyota is in denial that there is even a problem with the split driveline design. Maybe some have it and some don't. Anyways the truck is now better than factory, it's unbelievable how smooth this truck drives now. Highly recommend the straight driveline for problem trucks.
Watched how to video sent in measurements. Three days later had a bad ass driveshaft . It fits like a glove and no more vibrations . Highly recommended
Should have just done this with the lift - sorry I waited. Thanks Tom Wood’s this was the fix I needed.