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Old 02-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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Viggen Half Shaft Length / Tolerance

Hi All,
Sorry if this has been asked previously, but after an hour or searching I wasn't able to find any information on the Viggen half shaft. I've got a 2001 Viggen with a bad passenger side driveshaft (tripod bearing wore out). I removed it, and ordered a remanufactured unit from RockAuto (P/N 609243) which arrived a couple days ago.

I was going to install the new shaft, but after comparing the new to the old I noticed the lengths are different by an inch. The distance between the end where the axle nut threads on and where the speed sensor cut-outs seat at the hub is approximately 3.875" for both shafts. On the other hand the distance between where the cut-outs seat and the opposite end (where the tripod bearing sits) is 14.25" for the bad shaft, and 15.25" for the remanufactured shaft. So an overall length of 18.125" for the bad, and 19.125" for the new one.

I imagine there is an allowable tolerance for these lengths, but an inch seems way too much. Could anyone confirm the proper length? Also if anyone knows of a better place to find the correct driveshaft please let me know. As a side note would it be a bad idea to just pull off the lock rings and swap the good parts over to the older driveshaft?

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Chris

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You pushed the halfshaft into the tripod and CV joint all the way and measured?
You may have gotten a 9-5 axle, which is identical to a 9-3 viggen axle except for length.
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That intermediate shaft has become a problem for many. I would just replace the carrier bearing and reuse the shaft itself.
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That intermediate shaft has become a problem for many. I would just replace the carrier bearing and reuse the shaft itself.
Yup that's what I did.. I grabbed a 95 axle and used the inner cv joint and companion flange
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That intermediate shaft has become a problem for many. I would just replace the carrier bearing and reuse the shaft itself.
This is probably what I'll end up doing. I really want this car back on the road. Thanks for the help!

Edit: Ended up having to drop $200 on a new tripod bearing. Tapped it on in place of the damaged one and back in business.

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