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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 6:54 am 
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Inspired by the tailshaft loop topic, I'm curious if anybody has had a tailshaft break, where it broke and what the results were....
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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 10:24 am 
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Yes i have, last night, but i was lucky, the tail shaft fell onto the Y section of my exhust. so i just started free reving!

 

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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 11:11 am 
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i broke a tailshaft in my race car. ripped a hole through the floor and just missed battery cables and air lines. when the rebuild is finished it will have a loop fitted to stop this.
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Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 11:17 am 
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Get in touch with XR8Chic. Her tailshaft let go on the dyno, did a considerable amount of damage to the fuel lines.

XR8Chic had some pictures showing the damage. Scary stuff :shock:

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 06, 2004 2:59 pm 
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Depends on were it comes apart. I have seen what was left of a FC wagon that broke the front uni speared into the road tearing the car apart killing 4 young guys on the Bell Line Of Road.

A freind tail sharft broke at the diff and tore the floor out of his HQ stuffed his gear box but the car was fixable.

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Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2004 11:44 pm 
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My old WB panno let a tailshaft go leaving the lights....front yoke spread and dropped the shaft onto the handbrake cable. Tell ya what I was bloody glad it was there!

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 2:25 pm 
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The driveshaft let rip in my brothers EA farimont earlier this year, he was doing about 140kph at the time.

Fortunatly it broke in the UJ at the diff end. The shaft hit the road numerous times and pretty much flattened out the floor in front of the back seat before it folded in to a U shape as it exited.

The gearbox had split in two, (his fairmont had been converted to manual) bits of the front UJ came up through the hole for the gearstick tearing all the rubber bellows out of the centre console the fuellines, handbrake cable and exhaust were all ok.

My brother had to have a couple stiches in his hand as it he had it resting on the gear knob at the time but he was bloody lucky really.
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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:33 pm 
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Reading this s**t makes me scared to drive my car at highish speeds now, thanks as its probeerly a goos thing.. :?

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 3:38 pm 
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what do people make these loops out of??? just some bent steel and weld them to the under body of the car

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 10:18 pm 
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there was an XD ute at the drags here last year, it broke a shaft on the burn out pad. shaft broke at diff end then broke in half, a piece of the shaft came out from under the car and hit a guy in the legs. knocked him to the ground pretty fast.

 

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Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 10:27 pm 
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azza wrote:
what do people make these loops out of??? just some bent steel and weld them to the under body of the car


just a loop out of mild steel strap about 4mm thick and bolted into place.
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Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:05 am 
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does it have to be a loop or can it remaing flat? What are you guys securing it to?

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:44 am 
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Jaysen wrote:
does it have to be a loop or can it remaing flat? What are you guys securing it to?


You could put a flat peice under the arch/tunnel that the shaft runs through I guess.

 

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Jaysen wrote:
does it have to be a loop or can it remaing flat? What are you guys securing it to?


You could put a flat peice under the arch/tunnel that the shaft runs through I guess.


Depends how its placed, but a loop would be better. Due to the nature of it spinning around, its better for it to be sitting at the bottom of the loop in the centre, rather than shifting to the side. That way, the uni joint wont be making nice little O shaped holes every where

 

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Posted: Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:58 pm 
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Bozz wrote:
Inspired by the tailshaft loop topic, I'm curious if anybody has had a tailshaft break, where it broke and what the results were....


Not yet, But blown a flywheel of a crank at 6000rpm :) .
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