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Old 02-12-2018, 07:27 PM
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Not sure why I haven't been on here before, but looking for a little insight..

2 years back, decided to go with a 3" Teraflex 9550 8 arm (low) with Mickey Thompson Baja/35. Living in Chicago, doesn't see the trail much, but I do get out there once in a while. (not worked very hard) 2 weeks back, in 4 wheel drive, I heard the UV Joint rip the boot. Back to 2 wheel. replace, and move on. 2 days ago, same shit. After a little research, looks as though the angle/pitch of drive shaft to UV Joint is a bit extreme, even though most folks suggest making provisions 4" and up. Either way, I'm figuring this is the issue. Instead of spacers, or the UV Joint that Teraflex offers, its time to upgrade the drive shaft. If doing 1, must you do both at the same time? Recommendations? Ah, didn't realize these 9550 were, lets say, not as heavy duty. Thoughts on Falcon? Fox?

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Doing one at a time is fine. Adams, Tom Woods, JE Reel, Coast, etc, etc etc. Lots of other choices as well, but I think Adams and Tom Woods might be the most used/talked about here? And even if you choose someone else, there is some great info on Tom Woods website, in both the tech info and JK areas.

Take note of the price, the warranty, which type of joint they use, and whether they use adapter plates or a yoke/flange swap. There are pro's/con's, it's good to review the options before blindly ordering.

And a lot of people like that TF high angle rzeppa, if you choose to stay with the stock shaft.

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Jedi - thanks for the insight here. If folks are keen on the TF High angle rzeppa, that would be a good solution to the issue for the time beling until I completely reconfigure drive shafts. As for those TF 9559 shocks, 2 years, and they are shot, with little off road abuse. Thoughts on the Falcons by TF? Or move up to Fox?
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I've got the TF high angle on both ends of my rear DS and you'd never know any differently. Yes, it operates at a steeper angle without issue but there is zero maintenance or additional work to go with it. You just use it and it's done. Granted I'm only at 2.5" and on a 2dr, but I do try to wheel once a month.
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