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Hey guys, something I have noticed with this '05 truck is that when I am towing and trying to take off I get a slight shudder. It doesn't last long maybe until 10 mph, but I do feel it. I was looking around and something that caught my eye was people were saying the shudder is caused by the two piece drive shaft. Anyone heard that? I know that on the second gen trucks a 1/4" spacer for the carrier bearing helped. Do you suppose I may try something like that? If I did, it might be a few months until I would find out if it helps.

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You not running a lift 9n your truck I'm going to assume the u joint angles are correct. The only u joint that could get weird is the one right at the pinion with axle wrap it might get some bind. Educated guess.

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Oh yea, I got 47" of lift on 17" rims!!:lmao: From what I have read guys have ordered a one piece and even had to shorten them by about 1 1/2". Some even claim it was the best thing they did to their trucks. I'm just wondering if the shudder is the driveline or the transmission. The truck had the shudder when I got it with 88k miles on it and it is still there at 97k miles three months later. I need to stay put more..........

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While it is impossible to give you much of a diagnosis without being able to feel the shudder, I can say that you can get some driveshaft-related vibrations with a 2-piece driveshaft, especially when towing. Axle wrap, as well as the different drive line angles come into play any time you put a load into/onto the back of a pickup. I can't say that I deal with it on a very regular basis, though.

 

You can try some spacers on the carrier bearing. That won't hurt anything. I know Ford had some issues with that back in the early days of the Super Duty body style, and they were shimming the carrier bearing to take care of it.

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Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate it.

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