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Old 02-01-2011, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I keep hearing about an intermediate shaft... what is this?

P.S. I don't have a samurai yet or I would just go look. (I do a LOT of research before I buy stuff, I try to learn as much as possible.)
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on samurais the transfer case is divorced from the transmission and the transfer case actually sits around a foot behind the output of the transmission. the intermediate shaft is a drive shaft that connects and transfers power from the transmission to the transfer case. looks just like a driveshaft with u joints but is very short.
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Excellant explanation!

Here is a shot of a pair of them. One of each size flange (early and late models).
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on samurais the transfer case is divorced from the transmission and the transfer case actually sits around a foot behind the output of the transmission. the intermediate shaft is a drive shaft that connects and transfers power from the transmission to the transfer case. looks just like a driveshaft with u joints but is very short.
Oh o.k. cool, so I guess that puts the transfer case closer to the center of the vehicle then... The front and rear driveshafts aren't by chance the same length, are they?
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Oh o.k. cool, so I guess that puts the transfer case closer to the center of the vehicle then... The front and rear driveshafts aren't by chance the same length, are they?
no, they are not the same length.
The front is longer than the rear driveshaft.
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yup,
but the good part is that if you lift the vehicle and have to lengthen the driveshafts, you can actually shorten the front a little and put it in the rear. most shaft shops charge more to lengthen them than to shorten them.
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