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front drive shaft

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jrm123180, Mar 3, 2006.

  1. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Has anyone ever removed their front drive shaft on the trucks with full time 4x4 to make it 2wd? I want to on my 79 Chevy k10 temporarily until I get a kit to convert it to part time 4x4...or at least until I can get the new u-joints on the front shaft itself replaced. I know I will have to drive with it in hi-loc while I have it like this.

    Also, this isn't a daily driver, just to screw around on the weekends running errands and what not.

    THanks again,
    Steve
     
  2. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Shouldn't be a problem once the shaft is removed. As you know, any position other than the 'Lock' positions will result in a no-move situation.

    The yokes on the axle and transfer case will just spin in the air.
     
  3. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Should I remove the "thingy" (can't remember what it's called) that connects the axle to the wheel itself? To would prevent the axles from turning and the differential...acting as if I had hubs and having them in the unlock position.
     
  4. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    You could, if you are so inclined to do the extra work now. You'll need to remove them anyways for the part-time kit.

    It may help give an extra mpg...?

    Obviously, put the dust cap back on after...
     
  5. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    I'm hoping for the extra milage....this thing is a real pic on gas....100mi to a 16gal tank...if i'm lucky.

    Thanks again,
    Steve
     
  6. Edgewater

    Edgewater Member
    Messages: 70

    Many of the landscapers who hae those old full time trucks in my area pull the front drive shaft for summer use. We are in a big city so there is a lot of turning on paved roads. With the shafts out it is much less wear on the front end parts.

    Adam
     
  7. jrm123180

    jrm123180 Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    grat to hear that there are many people who do this.

    Thanks
    Steve
     
  8. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Chage out the front hubs to manual locking , use Warn premium hubs. You will need to leave the truck in loc to move as posted before.
    I would use the manual hubs anyways when you do the conversion and it will still be able to leave the shaft in incase you need 4 wheel drive.
     
  9. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377


    Good plan, except:

    a) the kits come with the manual hubs, so he'd end up with a duplicate set

    b) without the rest of the kit installed, he's still spinning the entire driveline, so it would negate most of his gains