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Driveshaft Information

How to measure 
(if needed) Info on measuring vehicles for a custom driveshaft.  U-Joint Flange- Pinion Yoke measurements.  ID of different Driveshaft Types. 

U-Joint Identification
Basic U-Joint series size guide with dimensions for Inside & Outside lockup

Performer Series Steel Driveshafts
High Performance Steel Driveshafts
For Muscle cars, Hot Rods and Race Cars.  Also a Hi-Strength OE replacement driveshaft.

Nitro Series Steel driveshaft
Race Duty Hi-Strength DOM Steel High Performance Driveshaft in 1350 series U-Joint.  2000+Horsepower!

Import Driveshafts
Listings for New and Remanufactured Import Driveshafts for rear drive cars and trucks.

Aluminum Driveshafts

OE  Type Aluminum
Muscle Car - Hot Rods
Import Cars - tRUCKS


Truck Driveshafts
Driveshafts for 4x4 and 2 wheel drive.  Front 4x4 Driveshafts. Custom Drive Shafts for lifted trucks. GM, Dodge, Ford, Jeep.

Chevy-GMC Trucks

Camaro & Firebird Driveshafts
New design 1 pc driveshafts for V-6 Camaro and Firebirds.  Custom Drive Shafts for ALL Camaro's and Firebird's.

Corvette and Cobra
Drive Shafts - Transmission Yokes - Flanges and Parts. 

Classics and Antiques
Carrier bearings for the older Buicks and Cadillac's as well as can rebuild most of the CV driveshafts.  Dodge and Chrysler Ball and Trunion driveshaft conversions.

Driveshaft type Diagrams
Diagrams of most driveshaft types used and measure diagrams for each type.

Driveshaft Part Listings

Transmission Slip Yokes
Transmission Yokes and 4x4 Transfer Case Slip yokes for cars and trucks.


Transfer Case Bolt-on Yokes
Bolt on fixed type end yokes for transfer case.  CV type and single U-Joint yokes.  See Transmission for Slip type yokes

Pinion Yokes - Differential
Differential pinion yokes and flanges.

Driveshaft Component Parts
Listings for Universal Joints, Carrier Bearings, U-Bolts-Bolt/Strap Kits, Mid-Slip Yokes, Splined Stub Shafts. CV parts and diagrams.

Driveshaft Questions
Common Driveshaft questions and answers.

Customer Comments
Email feed back and testimonials from our customers.

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aluminum driveshaft, drive shafts Sports Aluminum Import Driveshafts

Driveshaft Specialist Sports Series Aluminum Driveshafts
Listed are popular applications:

3.0" x .125 Aluminum 6061-T6 driveshaft tube - 1310 Spicer XL Universal Joints - New Transmission Yoke  - New Pinion Flange

Import Aluminum Driveshaft

 One of our customer's cars  on the right.  Nick's 300Z (click for larger image)

Sports Aluminum Driveshaft Advantages

 Driveshaft Specialist builds each driveshaft in our shop.  Explicit attention to detail and workmanship on each and every driveshaft. Our Hi-Speed Balancing of the the driveshaft ensures it will run perfectly smooth.  We use stainless steel driveshaft weights which will not rust and look bad over time. 

Less Weight - Sports Aluminum driveshafts can take as much as 50% total weight and rotating mass out the driveshaft compared to an OE steel driveshaft.  This can improve power and performance.  Possibly even a bit of fuel mileage improvement. 

Less Complexity - when compared to an OE 2 piece type driveshaft.  The Sports Aluminum driveshaft eliminates the center support bearing assembly and considerable weight.  1310 Spicer XL U-JointU-Joints - Sports Aluminum driveshafts use the Spicer XL 1310 series U-Joint. 

This is a larger and stronger upgraded size from the OE type U-Joint.  The Spicer XL is an Extreme Life and Extreme Duty U-Joint.  Superior quality steel alloys and grease seals.  This U-Joint will never sling grease all over the bottom of your car.    This U-Joint is easily replaceable.  The 1310 series U-Joint is the most common Universal Joint ever produced.  Any Auto Parts store will always have the 1310 series U-Joint, just not the Spicer XL quality.  Typical lifespan of 100,000 miles is common.  NO auto parts store U-Joint can compare with the Spicer XL U-Joint in strength and durability.

Most of our competitors are using a cheaper greaseable U-Joint.  Keep this in mind when comparing prices as the Spicer XL U-Joint is a premium product and would add $20 to their pricing.

 Shown below is a OE type 2 piece driveshaft from a Nissan 300ZX.  1 piece driveshaft shafts are similar, but missing the mid section with the carrier bearing.  Most brands have similar appearing driveshafts either in a 2 piece or 1 piece configuration.  old import 2 piece driveshaft 


old staked in U-JointThe OE 1 and 2 piece has staked in U-Joints which are not field serviceable.  Click on the photo to see an enlarge view of the staked in U-Joint.  Sports Aluminum driveshafts have easily serviceable 1310 series universal joints. 


1 piece Aluminum Driveshaft w/ Spicer XL 1310 U-Joints.

   short import aluminum driveshaft

Pricing includes Transmission Yoke - Pinion Flange - Shipping.

 OE Fitment - We have exact fit Sports Aluminum for stock applications.  Custom Fit - Modified vehicles?  Sports Aluminum driveshafts at NO extra charge!


Nissan Aluminum Driveshafts

$465-525 Free Shipping in USA - excludes Alaska and Hawaii 

 Models included:  200SX - 240SX - 240Z - 260Z - 280Z - 280ZX - 300ZX - Maxima RWD

350Z Aluminum Driveshafts are 3.5 x.125 diameter.  This is a replacement for the Carbon Fiber failure prone shaft.
Pricing is $525 Including shipping!


Infiniti Aluminum Driveshafts

$525  Free Shipping in USA - excludes Alaska and Hawaii 

 Models included:  J33 - Q45    3.5 x.125 Aluminum shaft


Mazda Aluminum Driveshafts

$475-525 Free Shipping in USA - excludes Alaska and Hawaii 

 Models included:  RX-7   93-95 and earlier models with a clearance check.


Toyota Aluminum Driveshafts

$475-525 Free shipping in USA - excludes Alaska and Hawaii 

 Models included:  Celica and Supra   This includes most models with a flat rear type flange.  A few Supra's have a rear GKN type enclosed CV.  We can't do that one.  Some Celica's have a small bolt pattern rear flange and a small trans output.  Can't do that one either.  Call for fitment details.    


Fitment Information

 measure sheetMeasurement Information if needed.  Use M1-4 as shown (click image) if a custom application.  We have most OE lengths on file.  Occasionally we may need this simple length check to verify fitment.  We like doing it right - the first time. 
NOTE: M1-4 measure sheet.  On IRS (independent rear suspension) the rear suspension DOES NOT have to be loaded as instructions indicate.   Transmission output shaft spline count (if necessary).  Accuracy is critical.  Please check at least 2 times (maybe more). 
We may need a bolt circle diameter and bolt pattern check on the rear flange.  See flange dimensions at bottom of Measure Sheet page for assistance.  Fitment Note:  Some of the transmissions have sheet metal type shield at the end of transmission.  This will have to be taken off in most cases.  It is a light press fit and taps off easily with a hammer.  Due to the increased size of the U-Joints and transmission yoke swing diameter it has to be removed.
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