Did you know that if you let your driveshaft die completely on your vehicle, the average lifespan that it will last is around 75 000 miles? Depending on your vehicle and driving style, they can last for even longer than that.

If you want to change or upgrade your driveshaft and want to effectively measure the driveshaft length, there are a few things you’ll need to know! Read on below to find out all that you need to know.

What Is A Driveshaft?

What Is a Driveshaft

A car driveshaft is a crucial part of equipment for any type of vehicle, whether it be a quad or a vehicle; the driveshaft is used to transfer the power from the transmission to the wheel axles.

A driveshaft, therefore, turns at high revolutions and comes under constant stress while the vehicle is moving. They need to be made with good materials and because of this constant stress is the reason that they have a limited lifespan.

People who want to consistently improve their vehicle for race purposes or to get an overall better ride, make up their own driveshafts that can handle more stress than a factory-fitted one with the end goal of going as fast as possible. This is why it is important to know how to measure driveshaft length so a performance driveshaft can be fitted.

How To Measure Driveshaft Length

How to Measure DriveShaft Length

By far the easiest way of measuring a driveshaft is to take off the existing driveshaft and use them as an example, or you can send them into the performance shop and they will take the measurements of the example.

What if you are building a race car from scratch and you don’t have an example driveshaft to use? Well, that’s where knowing what to look out for below and what to measure comes in handy.

To start with, if your vehicle isn’t high enough, jack up the vehicle to a comfortable height. To measure, if your vehicle has a flange type driveshaft simply measure the distance between the two flanges or if your driveshaft type slides into the transmission on the output shaft in the front and bolts on the rear, the measurement you will need is from the end of the driveshaft to the centerline of the U-joint.

For added assurance, while you are under the vehicle, you can take pictures of the back end of the transmission as well as the differential on the rear axle, if your vehicle is equipped with one.

Solid Driveshaft Makes The Difference

Solid Driveshaft Makes the Difference

Getting and installing the driveshaft correctly is a critical job when we are talking about the safety and performance of your beloved vehicle. Get it wrong and you’ll immediately feel the difference and ultimately, something could go critically wrong.

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