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Old 08-12-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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I have been running around the internet for a couple of days now looking for an aftermarket ( or even a genuine toyota ) driveshaft to replace the one on the 97 tacoma I just bought a week or so ago. does anyone know of anywhere that sells the rear driveshaft ??? I have found numerous front shafts but no rear shafts. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:09 PM   #2
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you can have them custom made from woodys driveshaft.. Google them, I'm almost positive that's there name. Guys name is tom wood(s)
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Old 08-12-2008, 05:38 PM   #3
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http://www.driveshaftshop.com/

This place can make you a custom driveshaft in any imaginable length,size, etc. You just have to do some measuring, give them your specs, and they'll make a sweet driveshaft for you.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:29 PM   #4
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so the only way to get an aftermarket is to get one made custom? I was talking to a local toyota dealership and was told that there is an international back order and they have to be shipped in from japan. basically they dont know when they are gonna have one maybe tomorrow maybe next year.


what are the benifits and draw backs to having a custom shaft Vs. OEM equipment?
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
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What model / style is your 1997 Taco? (Hint: Fill out your Profile ...)

Your references to 'front' / 'rear' make me think you've got an XtraCab with the two-piece driveline, right?
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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sorry bout not filling out the profile. Brand new to toyota trucks. Always had ford up untill now and after playing in the dirt with a relatives tacoma i jumped on this one when i saw it for sale. It is a 1997 tacoma 4X4 standard cab 5spd manual 2.7ltr. when i was using the "front and rear" i was meaning the front as in the driveshaft from the trans. case to the front axle and rear as the shaft from the trans. case to the rear axle.

sorry for the misscomunication there.
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:59 PM   #7
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No problem - thanks for the clarification ...

Now that I know it's a 4X4 ...

The OEM Toyota driveshafts have a generally good reputation for durability. As a result, most of the 'traffic' in stock-configured (length, etc.) driveshafts is used OEM units. Because the OEM units are pretty good, there's not a lot of people who swap 'em out. Unless ...

Custom / aftermarket driveshafts are mainly sought for (a) special configurations (e.g., suspension mods resulting in different length requirements) or (b) severe duty requirements (e.g., heavier-duty shafts for severe rock crawling).

One well-regarded vendor ( Toyota of Dallas - trdparts4U.com ) lists a new replacement 1997 4WD Regular Cab manual rear driveshaft (or 'propeller shaft' in official Toyotese ...) for around $700.

You could probably get a custom one built for a lot less. I've seen mentions of Woods custom shafts costing around $400 ... I've seen reports of local driveline / driveshaft shops fabbing up shafts for circa $200 ...
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i'd just hit up taprecycling.com for a used ont imho .. as enola mentioned the stock toyota ones are normally pretty stout
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I see. I figured the stock shaft was pretty solid being i have not seen a single report of one toasting. Thanks for the help looking for one. Ironically after posting this thread the dealership called me this afternoon to let me know they managed to get their hands on one. My pickup is sitting there now waiting to have the new shaft put in in the morning. Now that it is gonna be fixed up, I can't wait to get this baby out in the dirt..


sorry for wasting all your time here. thanks for the help.
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Usually the custom driveshafts are made one piece instead of two like the OEM, so with the one piece, you could get the power quicker to the pavement, the choice is up to you, I just gave you and idea.
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