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Old 12-26-2007, 04:59 AM   #11
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I am thinking that you probably could get a whole new driveshaft built at a driveline shop for a whole lot less than $3500! with serviceable, greaseable bearing cups etc....

If any one wonders why "California cars" etc... are highly sought after - take a look and the spic and span underside of Seeks unit...Mine ceased to look anywhere close to that in under 5000 miles. Just too much snow, ice, road salt, pea gravel, bug guts, dust etc... up here on the bald prairie!

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Old 12-26-2007, 07:19 AM   #12
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I am thinking that you probably could get a whole new driveshaft built at a driveline shop for a whole lot less than $3500! with serviceable, greaseable bearing cups etc....

If any one wonders why "California cars" etc... are highly sought after - take a look and the spic and span underside of Seeks unit...Mine ceased to look anywhere close to that in under 5000 miles. Just too much snow, ice, road salt, pea gravel, bug guts, dust etc... up here on the bald prairie!

Ed

I don't want to come off as harsh, but before I got too upset about a cost report read on rv.net, I think I'd call a few dealerships/parts suppliers and get confirmation that replacement drive shafts (because u-joints aren't serviceable) is really going to cost me $3500.00.

Also, in case anyone's wondering if u-joint failure/costs are a good reason to dump the T1N for the current model year: it's not. NCV3 u-joints are integrated with the "propeller shaft" sections from what I can tell.... and there's easily visible zerk fitting for lube, either.


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Old 12-26-2007, 01:15 PM   #13
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I've had aluminum drive shafts custom made locally, they cost under $300. But, they weren't very long.

Like I said, I just found the information hard to accept for a popular commercial van, used world wide. Since Sprinters are relatively new to the U.S. market, I was hoping one of the more experienced owners would be able to shed some light on the subject.
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Old 12-26-2007, 03:22 PM   #14
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NCV3 u-joints are integrated with the "propeller shaft" sections from what I can tell.... and there's easily visible zerk fitting for lube, either.


-Jon

I dropped a negative. It should have read: "and there's NO easily visible zerk fitting for lube, either."
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Old 12-26-2007, 09:40 PM   #15
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This link was posted and shows that a company has taken this where we thought it should go.

http://www.driveshafts.com/pages/sprinter.html
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Old 12-26-2007, 10:04 PM   #16
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Thanks Topless. A good find and an interesting read.

I guess this will be on the list of things to do for the future.
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:24 PM   #17
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This link was posted and shows that a company has taken this where we thought it should go.

http://www.driveshafts.com/pages/sprinter.html
Well, I called and spoke with Jerry; Driveline Services of Portland is working on a change (he said 'tweak') for their current method of rebuilding the drive line and he could not give me a firm price but gave me a range of $600 USD to $700 USD and this includes a carrier bearing (Local dealer quoted > $200 USD for just the carrier bearing - bringing the cost of the drive-line to ~$400 to $500 USD, seems within the expectations set by topless in
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I've had aluminum drive shafts custom made locally, they cost under $300. But, they weren't very long.
. The price above did not include a core charge or shipping, but they do come with . . .
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Our remanufactured Sprinter driveshafts come with new u-joints, yokes and carrier bearings, and are straightened and dynamically balanced.
. . . in fact, we warranty them for 50,000 miles.
The drive line design has been a pet peave of mine for some time ( Replacing U-Joints? er, drive line! ) . Taking Richards thoughts and the experience (see thread ), I opted to NOT have one built and have put up with a much minimized RSN (the fluid level caused RSN remedied) and have awaited an increased vibration indicating an immanent u-joint failure before springing for a new OEM drive line and carrier bearing. If their pricing is where they said, I'll be springing and not waiting.

Brr. Not looking forward to climbing underneath in the unheated garage, but it will be worth it!

Regards to all,
Tim
(I think we've - um, ok, I've - hi-jacked this thread - sorry. Got carried away in the excitement.)

Last edited by tegimr; 12-27-2007 at 12:04 AM. Reason: re-read of thread from beginning - apologize for hijacking thread.
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Very cool.


It's also nice that Driveline Service of Portland is two miles from Portland Freightliner's Sprinter sales / service facility and about 20 miles from Upscale Automotive in Tualatin, Or.

For those of us in the neighborhood, this is all very, very good news.

Thanks Topless and tegimr!!!
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:05 AM   #19
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Here's a reprint of my March 2, 2006 posting (almost 2 years ago) in the Spritervan Yahoo groups site:

Thanks for the link to Driveline Service Co. There's good news and bad
news. They appear to be big players in the driveshaft business. I
called them and they don't rebuild Sprinter driveshafts "in
house"-yet. They subcontract the Sprinter driveshafts and their
pricing(which includes shipping) is essentially the same as "Dodge
new" except for some savings if you have the 3 piece 158
driveshaft.And that was wholesale prices they quoted! (They do plan on
doing them in-house at a later date. Maybe price will come down). You
also have a substantial core charge and shipping costs to return your
old core. The Dodge pricing on new driveshafts(which include the
support bearings is as follows- 118" about $850, 140"- roughly the
same , about $850, 158" owners have to purchase the 140" driveshaft
and an additional 3rd shaft(for an extra $635). Andy (again-almost 2 years ago)
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Alright you pulled me out of my Holiday break.Is there no rest for an old Devil?
3500 series as refereed to in the States, from drive-shafts ....State there may be a two piece tail shaft! on the 3500 series .
Fact they exist My 2005 MWB single rim 901-903 Unit By all definition is a 3500 series. not a 2500 series.
Seek Can you explain this photograph .
Model 901, ranges...901 902 903 904 905 906 each is based on variants to chassis design and weight capabilty.
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