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Fort Wayne Drive Shaft - ordered

Discussion in '2007 - 2010 Explorer Sport Trac' started by Tike, March 22, 2018.

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    1. Tike

      Tike Active Member

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      just bought the drive shaft should be here in a couple weeks.
      having my t-case rear output seal replaced too as its leaking.
      debating having them put the drive shaft in or not... i know it just bolts up but nervous about possible damaging it... but then again i rather do it myself and know its done right then trust a random mech.

      anyone have a write up or advice?
       
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      My experience if a shop can screw it up they will.
       
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      The rear case seal needs to be done by someone that knows what they are doing. The driveshaft install is simple, proper torque on bolts and loctite is a must but other than that it's straight forward. I've installed one and I'm near positive they include the torque specs on a paper that comes in the package with the new front bolts. There is a slight bit of side to side play in the carrier bearing bolt/mount, just make sure the driveline is straight when you tighten it down.
       
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      slight bit of play until your torque the bolts for it down or just in general.
       
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      The holes are slightly bigger than the studs that go through. The carrier bearing can move side to side about a 1/2" to help align the shaft straight. Once it's tight it's tight. Much more beef setup than the factory bearing.
       

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