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Old 12-19-2021, 02:40 PM   #1
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I have a 1991 D21 short bed, manual, 2WD. This is the 3rd time I'm having to do something about the staked in u-joints. We have a local fab shop that has changed out all but the u-joint at the rear end (can't find anything to work). My question is; has anyone replaced their 2 piece driveshaft (and mid-shaft bearing) to a 1 piece? If so, is it available as a part or did you have a fab shop make it?
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Old 12-19-2021, 06:32 PM   #2
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We had a shop build a driveshaft for my son’s truck when we swapped in the Toyota rear end. I had to cut the crossmember that the carrier bearing had been mounted to. It was around $3-400. You might just try to get a driveshaft from a newer hardbody that had replaceable u-joints.
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You will have to either cut the carrier bearing crossmember or lower the rear 3 inches to clear.
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I know the D21 KC trucks could be swapped with a D22 long bed driveline. I would measure a D22 short bed and see if it's the same length as yours.
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A local driveline shop should be able to make you one, also. They will be able to find the correct rear yoke flange and so forth. They would probably only reuse your slip yoke and make the rest. Around $200 to $300 range typically.
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A local driveline shop ...

If Inland is still around, and near you, I recommend them.


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If Inland is still around, and near you, I recommend them.


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Ummmmmm... the OP is in Georgia. Reserector does not need...


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