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I finally found a local shop to install my Shaftmasters 1-piece aluminum drive shaft yesterday. My 06 GT is lowered so getting under it is a real PITA. One problem did arise....I didn't have the bolts that came with the new DS. The installer was having difficulties getting the stock bolts in so I called Shaftmasters. They confirmed that new bolts were shipped with the DS. Unfortunately, I didnít have the shipping box with me. When I got home I found them in the bottom of the box; a piece of tape was holding them in place so I had to do some digging to get them out. Long story short, the installer got the stock bolts inÖ.but they are too long. However, they donít appear to be rubbing anything so I wonder if I should go the hassle of replacing them with the new ones. So far no vibrations, but I havenít had her at high speeds yet. Any suggestions?


06 Mustang GT, Hurst short throw, Flowmasters, Steeda adj suspension system w/ Tokicko D-Specs, LCA's, panhard bar w/ brace, FRPP sway bars & Steeda endlinks, Steeda CAI, 18" deep dish bullitts w/ Nitto's (275's & 255's), CDC chin spoiler, Webasto power moon roof, MagnaCharger, Comp Cams XFI Stage 2 NSR cams, 4.10's, JBA Cat4Ward headers, Shaft Masters 3.5" al DS, MAC Prochamber, FRPP 62mm TB.
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I'd switch them just for the insurance and peace of mind. If you've never had a driveshaft come loose or bread at one end, believe me, it's scary. It'll beat the underside of you car to death before you can get stopped and if the front came loose and hooked a slab in the road, well, it wouldn't be pretty. Maybe invest in a driveshaft loop.


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I'd switch them just for the insurance and peace of mind. If you've never had a driveshaft come loose or bread at one end, believe me, it's scary. It'll beat the underside of you car to death before you can get stopped and if the front came loose and hooked a slab in the road, well, it wouldn't be pretty. Maybe invest in a driveshaft loop.
A couple of them will be extremely difficult to back out....what if I installed nuts with lock washers on the back side of the bolts?

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A couple of them will be extremely difficult to back out....what if I installed nuts with lock washers on the back side of the bolts?
You take the chance of throwing the balance off if you loose one of them. Suck it up and put the right ones in.


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Thanks for the replies and advice.....guess I'll be taking her back to the shop....

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I know it sucks, but Travelers is right.
++1! A lot of stuff we do is difficult, but we're talking safety here like crazy said, plus last thing you want is an unbalanced driveshaft.

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What driveshaft loop do you guys recommend?

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A couple of them will be extremely difficult to back out....what if I installed nuts with lock washers on the back side of the bolts?
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What we would recommend is that you install the bolts we provided. I would remove three of the OEM bolts(every other one) and install and tighten the new bolts. Then do the same with the final three. The reason we would switch them is not because we would be afraid of them backing out. As long as they put loctite on the OEM bolts they shouldn't back out. What we would be concerned about is with over 1 inch of threads exposed past the back of the pinion flange those exposed threads are being subjected to rust and crud. If you were ever to have to remove those bolts again they could be a PITA to remove. On another note, how fast have you got it up to so far with our new shaft?
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What we would recommend is that you install the bolts we provided. I would remove three of the OEM bolts(every other one) and install and tighten the new bolts. Then do the same with the final three. The reason we would switch them is not because we would be afraid of them backing out. As long as they put loctite on the OEM bolts they shouldn't back out. What we would be concerned about is with over 1 inch of threads exposed past the back of the pinion flange those exposed threads are being subjected to rust and crud. If you were ever to have to remove those bolts again they could be a PITA to remove. On another note, how fast have you got it up to so far with our new shaft?
Thanks...I got her up to 65 without any vibrations yesterday. Once I get the correct bolt installed I'll take her on the expressway for a test drive.....I'm kicking myself for not taking the shipping box with me to the installer....my bad!

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Here is a good one.
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I finally found a local shop to install my Shaftmasters 1-piece aluminum drive shaft yesterday. My 06 GT is lowered so getting under it is a real PITA. One problem did arise....I didn't have the bolts that came with the new DS. The installer was having difficulties getting the stock bolts in so I called Shaftmasters. They confirmed that new bolts were shipped with the DS. Unfortunately, I didnít have the shipping box with me. When I got home I found them in the bottom of the box; a piece of tape was holding them in place so I had to do some digging to get them out. Long story short, the installer got the stock bolts inÖ.but they are too long. However, they donít appear to be rubbing anything so I wonder if I should go the hassle of replacing them with the new ones. So far no vibrations, but I havenít had her at high speeds yet. Any suggestions?
What do you mean too long? The adapter plates simply have a threaded hole that the bolt goes through. Are we talking only a couple threads? Its an easy fix if you are that concerned. Four jack stands, some hand tools and some loctite. Mine has been in and out several times.
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What do you mean too long? The adapter plates simply have a threaded hole that the bolt goes through. Are we talking only a couple threads? Its an easy fix if you are that concerned. Four jack stands, some hand tools and some loctite. Mine has been in and out several times.
No adapter plate with a Shaftmaters direct fit DS. The stock bolts are about 3/4" too long.

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Have you noticed any change in acceleration? Curious because I had my shaft installed at gear time. So I never experienced them separate. Did the clank decrease for you? For me that clank was reduced about 80 to 90 %.

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