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Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:33 pm 
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Just wondering if manual and auto tailshaft's are the same.
I want to get a XR tailshaft for my Futura but its easier to find a auto 1 then a manual 1.

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Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 4:07 pm 
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No the slip flanges are different, auto is 38.5 mm in daimater and the manual is 43.8 mm. I think the auto shaft is about 60 mm longer than the manual. Another big difference is the XR shaft is alloy and the futura is steel. Alloy can withstand alot higher speeds before imbalance may occur.
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Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:09 pm 
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joolz wrote:
Another big difference is the XR shaft is alloy and the futura is steel. Alloy can withstand alot higher speeds before imbalance may occur.


Thats the reason I want to change the tailshaft, so when I am doing higher speeds I dont have to worry about it breaking

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:07 am 
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sorry didnt read the post properly! you shouldnt have a problem if they are both auto. Measure the shaft between the centres of the weld yoke eyes. if there is a diiference of only 10 mm it should be ok.
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Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 2:18 pm 
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Instead of buying a 2nd hand (and possibly unbalanced) shaft - why not buy one from a place that makes them?

They are not that expensive, and you will have the peice of mind knowing its balanced, and the right size for your car.

Mal Wood Automotive in QLD did mine for me (I got him to custom make me a 2 peice shaft).

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 4:01 pm 
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I used auto EF tailshaft in my manual EF with no problems.

I now use an alloy shaft from an auto EL XR8 in manual I6 EF and lengths are fine.

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 2:10 am 
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XR8Chic wrote:
Instead of buying a 2nd hand (and possibly unbalanced) shaft - why not buy one from a place that makes them?

They are not that expensive, and you will have the peice of mind knowing its balanced, and the right size for your car.

Mal Wood Automotive in QLD did mine for me (I got him to custom make me a 2 peice shaft).


If you dont mind me asking how much did it cost to get 1 custom made.

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:14 am 
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Sorry its only the V8 manuals that have the larger slip flange.
A 2 piece shaft will have to have a cardin joint on the rear instead of a CV unless the diff flange is replaced. Also the centre bearing mounting height is crucial otherwise on the initial spin the mid section of the shaft will wobble.
I would go for the alloy shaft as a 2 pce is involved and costly for no real benifit.
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