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Old 03-31-2013, 08:59 PM   #4676
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so i'm driving home today & as my teeth are about to rattle out, i hear a clunk/thud-type sound followed by the most terrible racket & shaking ever. i thought "oh great, the tread's separated" as i notice something bouncing behind me through the warbled image in my side mirror.

i pull over to the side of the road to inspect... all tires look fine. next i crawled under to check & the left rear ain't got no weights. that'd explain the bouncing object (or so it'd seem), so i got back in & crawled to the next exit to pull into a parking lot & further inspect when lo & behold as i'm sitting at the light slowly letting the clutch out, another clunk happens, but this time the truck don't move. now to get out in the middle of the road and crawl under the truck, i see my driveshaft laying on the ground in front the diff... both caps from the diff end gone with the clamps still in place & some serious gouge marks.

being somewhat mechanically-minded, i thought for a second & put the shaft in the bed then used my second floor shifter to create the only front-wheel-drive truck in town and putted home down the back roads.

now what would cause a new (replaced last Jan) u-joint to separate like that? it moved freely by hand & had plenty of grease where the caps used to be.
...or do you think it might be in the diff? it rolled home relatively smooth.
Manufacturing defect? My center bearing did it from the factory. Was it easily more smooth? Sounds like it's no coincidence.
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:10 PM   #4677
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yeah, much less vibration - which makes sense if the u-joint was bad because last year when the stock 12yr-old one went it squeaked coincident with speed & had a vibration, but this one was new and silent. the old one had obviously sticky spots but this one moves freely in my hand. i'm still trying to figure out how the bearing caps that were bolted to the diff came off... the clamps are still there torqued down.

i jacked up the rear end and gave it a bunch of spins both directions - from each tire and from the pinion. all seems normal with the exception of the wheels not counter-turning (open diff) when i spin the other individually... but they both spin the same direction when spun from the pinion (as they should). no noises, no grinds

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Old 03-31-2013, 10:17 PM   #4678
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If one bolt wiggles loose then over time can't it cause an inbalance and go from there?

I'm not sure what you mean by bearing caps.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:25 AM   #4679
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but after some more reading, i'm considering the possibility of a driveshaft imbalance. but i don't know how or why it'd let go at 45mph or so - most guys that have that happen are spinning their DSs near 6000rpm @ 120-130mph. mine was at about 45mph & 1700ish DS rpm.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:56 AM   #4680
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Well the good news is it's cheaper than a set of tires and really lucky it dropped off at a stop light.

The front wheel drive had to be fun...
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:14 AM   #4681
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yeah, and it's really weird having my truck trying to pull the steering wheel straight. i'm used to it in my wife's Corolla, but not Penny...
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:18 AM   #4682
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Well like Mike said, at least you know what the vibration was.
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:54 PM   #4683
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went ahead & bought a new u-joint and put it in (so much for my lifetime warranty from Advance - they ain't got 1 store in this state). seems to be driving alright now, so that must've been it.

and as for the counter-rotation of the open diff, turns out it only does that if the pinion is stationary... which makes sense thinking back on it
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:32 PM   #4684
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Well like Mike said, at least you know what the vibration was.
Good good good goood vibrations..... lalllaaalhalalalalal...

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Old 04-08-2013, 12:05 AM   #4685
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Old 04-08-2013, 12:52 AM   #4686
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oh, you've got time to shine your donk wheels, but you just can't seem to straighten out a muffler?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:17 AM   #4687
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oh, you've got time to shine your donk wheels, but you just can't seem to straighten out a muffler?


I told you. It's a Vette. I will make them even MORE crooked if you keep it up.
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I told you. It's a Vette. I will make them even MORE crooked if you keep it up.
"it's a vette" means that it should at all times be kept in more pristine condition, mechanically and in appearance, than any camaro.
you oughtta know that by now

and i'm pretty sure Bonnie works out more than you & could kick your butt if you allow her superior automotive piece of excellence fall below the standards of lowly *other* cars




but on a happier note, we just put an offer on a house last night!
should find out by this afternoon what they say.
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ps - how them NT05s doing? depending on whether or not i end up buying new wheels next time around, they're still on my list (i knew i shoulda just bought them instead of the Invos in the first place)
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:24 PM   #4691
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but on a happier note, we just put an offer on a house last night!
should find out by this afternoon what they say.
Oh wow. Dude, congrats. When you buy it you should put a hammer through the wall and fix it just because you can.

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ps - how them NT05s doing? depending on whether or not i end up buying new wheels next time around, they're still on my list (i knew i shoulda just bought them instead of the Invos in the first place)
They are holding up well. Grip way better than the Pirellis ever did. Still break them loose easy but that's to be expected. I've still got over half the tread. I've been pretty good about not burning out much.
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haha, yeah. actually considered that when looking at some of them (one of the houses i saw Sunday actually need to have a bomb set off & fixed afterwards to make it worth buying me & the agent spent the whole walkthrough just laughing at how crappy the work was )

what's really crazy is the way these weirdos up here do houses - almost everything's a split-level, and rarely ever does the builder finish the basement, garage, or laundry room (which is almost always in the basement). the kitchens are tiny (guess most people just eat out probably because groceries are so daggum expensive here), and you gotta pay the big bucks for the master bedroom to actually have its own bathroom (even the old double-wide i grew up in back in TN had a master bath, walk-in closets, and a fireplace ). laminate floors are king over tile & hardwood. some people even landscape their entire yards with gravel instead of grass

and somehow, they charge (and get) more money for them
anyway, if they accept, we could be in before Memorial day!!


and i'm in the same boat with my tires. i try not to burn them up (although sometimes it's just inevitable ) mainly because i don't quite know what i want to replace them with yet & don't want to have to go through another full set of these before i change them all out. don't get me wrong, the Invos are great tires, grip way better than stock, and are amazing in the rain... but when it comes to playing around with almost 550hp/tq to the ground in a relatively light car, i need a little more grab-n-go
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i'm pretty sure the unfinishing thing is just to game the property taxes
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Oh wow. Dude, congrats. When you buy it you should put a hammer through the wall and fix it just because you can.

They are holding up well. Grip way better than the Pirellis ever did. Still break them loose easy but that's to be expected. I've still got over half the tread. I've been pretty good about not burning out much.
Not hard to break them loose on grass or wet roads...
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that's if he can keep it from dying
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you know what, Rob... i think i've seen a certain TVS C6Z with them same wheels you got.
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"it's a vette" means that it should at all times be kept in more pristine condition, mechanically and in appearance, than any camaro.
you oughtta know that by now

and i'm pretty sure Bonnie works out more than you & could kick your butt if you allow her superior automotive piece of excellence fall below the standards of lowly *other* cars




but on a happier note, we just put an offer on a house last night!
should find out by this afternoon what they say
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you know what, Rob... i think i've seen a certain TVS C6Z with them same wheels you got.
The new wheels or the ones in the sig pic???
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but on a happier note, we just put an offer on a house last night!
should find out by this afternoon what they say.
Good Luck...
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