How to Measure and Order a Custom Drive Shaft for Your Car

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Introduction

Are you in need of a custom drive shaft for your vehicle? In this article, we will guide you through the process of measuring and ordering a custom drive shaft that is the perfect fit for your car. With just a piece of paper, a tape measure, and a pen, you can easily measure your car’s requirements and ensure that you receive the right drive shaft. We understand the importance of accuracy, especially for drag racers who need a drive shaft that can withstand high speeds and specific tire sizes. So, let’s dive in and learn how to measure for a custom drive shaft!

Key Points:

  • The importance of measuring for a custom drive shaft
  • Requirements for accurate measurements
  • The role of a drive shaft measurement sheet
  • Determining the correct drive shaft length
  • Measuring the output shaft and the tail housing
  • Identifying the number of splines on the output shaft
  • Understanding the importance of slip yoke length
  • How to fill out the drive shaft measurement sheet
  • Contacting QA1 for assistance
  • Ease of measuring and ordering a custom drive shaft

Requirements for Accurate Measurements

Before we begin, let’s ensure that you have everything you need to measure for your custom drive shaft. You will need a piece of paper, a tape measure, and a pen. Additionally, you can print a drive shaft measurement sheet from the QA1 website or request one by contacting them directly. Having this sheet will help you gather all the necessary information for ordering the right drive shaft.

Determining Drive Shaft Length

When measuring for a custom drive shaft, it is crucial to consider the drive train components and their specifications. Begin by filling out the information on the drive shaft measurement sheet, including the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Additionally, provide details such as the engine’s maximum speed, the car’s maximum speed, the rear end drive ratio, and the tire size. This information will help the experts determine the correct drive shaft length for your specific needs.

Measuring the Output Shaft and Tail Housing

To measure the output shaft length accurately, ensure that your car is at ride height. The suspension should not be hanging as this can result in incorrect measurements. If necessary, use a four-post lift, jack stands, or cradles to elevate the car to the right height. Measure the distance between the output shaft and the tail housing using a tape measure. Record this measurement on the drive shaft measurement sheet.

Identifying the Number of Splines

Next, you need to identify the number of splines on your car’s output shaft. This information can be found by counting the grooves on the output shaft and recording the number of splines on the drive shaft measurement sheet. For example, if there are 27 splines, write that down.

Importance of Slip Yoke Length

If you have your old drive shaft, you can use it as a reference to determine the appropriate slip yoke length for your new drive shaft. Keep in mind that high-quality slip yokes may have slightly different measurements compared to stock ones. Take note of the old slip yoke’s length and use it as a rough guideline when discussing your requirements with the manufacturer.

Completing the Drive Shaft Measurement Sheet

Now that you have gathered all the necessary measurements, fill out the rest of the drive shaft measurement sheet. If you have any further questions or require assistance, contact the QA1 tech line. They are available to help and guide you through the process of ordering your custom drive shaft.

Conclusion

Measuring and ordering a custom drive shaft doesn’t have to be a complicated process. By following the step-by-step instructions provided in this article, you can easily measure your car’s requirements and ensure that you receive the perfect drive shaft for your vehicle. If you have any questions or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to QA1 through their tech line or other available communication channels. So, get ready to hit the road with a custom drive shaft that is tailored to your car’s needs!

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