Custom Built Drive Shafts

Step 1: Universal Joints

Step 2: Length

Step 3: Tubing Selection

All three steps are explained further below and in greater detail on click-through pages.  If this is your first time building a drive shaft with us, please use the click-through pages for directions.  Click on "Create a Drive Shaft" to begin placing your order.

Note: Your Custom-Built Drive Shaft will have open U-Joints on each end unless you choose to add on a Transmission Yoke or Flange Yokes at the end of the order.


Universal Joints

Universal Joints

Universal Joints Selection

We carry more than a hundred sizes and styles of U-joints, however for custom building drive shafts, we use only five as they are by far the most common on consumer vehicles.  For an explanation on how to determine which u-joints you need, click here(Note: the U-joint in the front may not necessarily be the same as the U-joint in the rear.)

Universal Joint Measurements

Inside Clips versus Outside Snap Rings

Inside Clips versus Outside Snap Rings

Cap Diameter

Cap Diameter

U-Joint Breadth

U-Joint Breadth


Length

The length measurement must be accurate.  Click here for details and if you have any questions please contact us: drivelineofpgh@gmail.com.  We will not be responsible if we are given the wrong measurement, so it's better to ask questions first rather than have to pay for a second drive shaft. 


Note: You will be prompted to give an exact measurement (within an 1/8 of an inch) along with which type of measurement you are using (from where to where) when your drive shaft is added to you cart.


Image showing tubes lengthwise to display diameter differences

Tubing

If a shaft is under 50", we highly recommend using a 3" diameter tube with a wall thickness of .083".  If a shaft is over 50", we recommend increasing the diameter to 3.5" with the same wall thickness of .083".  The .083 tubing is highly durable while not being overly heavy.  The main consideration when selecting tubing should be clearance.  Whatever tubing diameter you select, be certain that your vehicle has enough clearance for the shaft to be installed and spin freely.  (Note: tubing will effect the price of the drive shaft.)