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Subject: 2 piece drive shaft vs 1 piece drive shaft

My SLS has had almost no problems for its life. In turn, I need something to play with.

My toy: 1982 Nissan Maxima – Diesel-----------Rear wheel drive

360,000 miles

The Drive shaft is a 2 piece (3 U-joint) drive shaft with a center bearing.

The front U-joint failed. The problem is that the U-joints are not replaceable.

The cost of rebuilding the drive shaft is $450.00

I found a one piece drive shaft at my local salvage yard

Cost $23.00

I believe that this drive shaft was made as a replacement for the original 2 piece. All measurements look good.

Technical experts

Will this one piece drive shaft work?

Should I expect any problems?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Vince P

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Possibly. Does the front of both drive shafts utilize a slip yoke out of the transmission? I had a Nissan 4x4 pickup with a two-piece driveshaft with the center carrier bearing, so I know exactly what you're talking about. As long as the driveshafts are the same length, and both utilize the same connection design at the transmission (probably a slip yoke), it should work. 1 piece driveshaft conversions were common with Nissan 4x4 pickups (although they did reduce clearance on lifted trucks).

I really miss my truck. It had about 190k on it when I sold it (to my brother). He still has it and drives it every day. It's gotta be over 200k by now. Still on the original clutch I believe.

Jason(2001 STS, White Diamond)

"When you turn your car on...does it return the favor?"

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