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Old 05-14-2009, 04:11 AM
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$99 half shaft... FAIL!!!!

ok.. so when i did my JDM swap and Auto to 5spd swap i was told i didn't need a new half-shaft/intermediate shaft...

wrong advice.

so i look around and every shop on the web is selling this shaft for 99 bucks.. just went with the best shipping deal i could find.



ok.. so she looks nice when i get it.. but yeah.. 6000 miles down the road.. on a road trip between seattle and north idaho.. i get this wierd vibration in 5th gear.. i'm like what the duce?

i pull over.. pop my hood.. rock the throttle cable a bit.. no odd sound no vibration.. i'm confused.

I get back on the road and there it is.. 5th gear..

so i get on my phone find an oil shop open on a sunday.. right like any are going to be open.. but yes i find one about 20 miles away.

I get there.. i'm spewing tranny fluid and because my half shaft looks like this





WTF!!!!

the bearing is just gone.. the damn shaft is flopping around and i can do nothing about it.. 4th gear seamed to handle it well.. i don't know if it is because it is 1 to 1 and i just got lucky but yeah that is my magical answer.

So i get to Coeur d'Alene.. my destination monday morning order the part from honda this time.. around 400 bones.. install it and she's running like a champ.. for now... lol..

look in the AutoShow off section for the trip back. LOL! I LOVE MY CAR!
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Re: $99 half shaft... FAIL!!!!

Sounds pretty fortunate despite that trouble.

One of my biggest fears is serious car trouble more than 100 miles from home.

I get basically free service at 4 shops in my area and have known the people for about a decade each. I also know 2 people willing to trailer a car home for a lot less than a normal tow. Even the slightest possibility of paying for hourly labor with strangers and/or a long expensive tow home always messes with my head on long trips.

Knowing certain people has saved me so much time, money and headache.
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