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seancutch
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 12:38 pm    Post subject: drive shaft drop? Reply with quote

Hello again, everyone!

Well, after owning my 94 grand for 6 months, I am definitely a convert to the brotherhood! I am still wanting to do a tcase swap (thinking 242 for my crappy 249), but I have still yet to find a transfer case that is (A) nearby, (b) in working order, and (c) less than $500. In the meantime, the 5.2 is mighty thirsty, and at $3+ a gallon, I think I'm going to drop one of the driveshafts nd just put it in 2wd for now (daily driver, no trail necessary for now). I have a couple of questions for the gurus out there:

(1) I saw this procedure labeled earlier as a "short term fix," and my question is how short? Is this going to cause premature wear on something, and should I be treating it extra carefully and watching for any specific problems?

(2) Some of the forum posts mention dropping the front shaft, but could I drop the rear shaft instead? Winter is upon us, and although we don't get copious amounts of snow here, we do generally get plenty of ice. It sure would be nice to have the 2wd be the front 2, under that big-assed v8. I haven't looked very carefully at the rear shaft, but I would assume it is removable in some manner. I guess I should mention at this point that my prior experience consists entirely of fan belts, alternators, and brake pads, so I don't have any special tools/welding experience.

Thanks in advance for all your help!
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RussellRowell
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have the same setup as you and I have pulled the front drive shaft off for other reasons. The jeep will roll freely if parked on a hill, at least mine will. And yes, it will eventially ruin your np249. Never pulled just the rear but I'll say things are made the way they are for a reason. Go changing it with out knowing can cause major problems. Either swap the xfer case or get a v-6 or give your jeep a 100K mile tune up.
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5.9 andy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what year is your jeep? that make a difference.


if it is pre-96, it will ruin the case

if it is 96 and later, it will be fine to take it off.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, after owning my 94 grand for 6 months,



First line of the post... Mr. Green


What Russel said for the other stuff.. Mr. Green
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seancutch
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2007 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. As always, I bow to the masters.
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