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02-07-2008, 12:51 PM
When I was undoing the last part of the rear suspension,1 side only. I forgot to support the rear axle. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/blush.gif When it thunk to the ground the rear of the drive shaft doesn't look right.I think something broke. Yikes! /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/cryin.gif

02-07-2008, 01:01 PM
Don - yikes is right.

But more important that you weren't in the *wrong* spot when it thunked.


02-07-2008, 01:03 PM
I hate when that happens!

02-07-2008, 01:16 PM
Just talked to Woody and he says
"I warned you to put a jack under the rear so the brake lines don't get stretched"
Dang,I think the lines are now the worst of my worry!

02-07-2008, 01:18 PM
Bummer. Sorry. Next thread....repair.

02-07-2008, 01:23 PM
Not familiar with this cars drive shaft. What broke?

02-07-2008, 06:36 PM
I have a question for those who might know. On my car both the rear trailing and radius arms had bolts with UNF threads . Is this correct?

02-07-2008, 06:41 PM
Just found the info. It is normal. Why they change some of the threads when they made these cars? Where they burning up old stock.Anybody know.

02-08-2008, 12:19 AM
So you are all set Don? I can't help first hand, but I can post your question over on the TR8 mailing list if you want/need.

Mickey Richaud
02-08-2008, 08:38 AM
Hey, Don -

Not sure about the thread issue, but hopefully someone will pitch in.

The prop shaft has CV-type joints rather than U-joints. One of the "charming" aspects of the cars' design. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/jester.gif

Now might be a good time to pick up one of TSI's or Woody's special driveshafts with U-joints. Or have one made up locally.

The "might-as-wells" never end, do they? /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazyeyes.gif

02-08-2008, 09:00 AM
Not sure about the thread issue, but hopefully someone will pitch in.

That's phunny, bub. Really. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Don, when those things were built there was a real "movement" to "go metric" as the universally accepted fastener standard... it failed miserably. And now we suffer the teething problems of the transition. SAE ~should~ be what you find on the driveline components.

I will say i agree with Mickey: Get a modded driveshaft with U-J's and lose the CV's: They're too 'fiddly'. It'd have scatter'd sooner than later anyhoo. At least with U-joints ya have a bit of a warning before they let go, too.

Mickey Richaud
02-08-2008, 09:05 AM
That's phunny, bub. Really. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

I have my moments. /bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

But I usually get over them...

02-08-2008, 10:48 AM
So does it look like it's toast?

Mickey Richaud
02-08-2008, 10:59 AM
May well be. But this is one "Might-as-well" that really makes sense. I'm planning to change mine out, maybe before going to VTR this summer. Hate to have it self-destruct on the road!

02-08-2008, 11:05 AM
Was just on the big "2" sites. Put a call into Ted to see what it takes to enlarge the pinion flange holes. Got some other things to talk about too.

02-08-2008, 02:08 PM
Sent Woody the same pic and his response
"From what I can see it looks OK."


Can someone slither under their car and snap a photo of the same thing?

02-08-2008, 11:43 PM
as much as you are spending on the suspension, adding a uprated drive shaft would make sense. It did to me.

02-08-2008, 11:58 PM
Did you get Ted's?

02-11-2008, 11:46 PM
Our local driveline shop
is real familiar with the prop shaft. I am going to bring it to them and check on a price to reproduce with U joints. Also will check on the price for aluminum.