Thumbs up to the factory ds.

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  1. Racist Cat

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    image.jpeg image.jpeg Sorta.

    I keep hearing how small the driveshaft is on this 4,000lb car.

    It doesn't look bad with just a pic, but, put in something for reference......

    I'm not a huge guy either. No overly large thumbs here.
    Believe me, if I had huge thumbs, nose, and ears, I'd be letting every one know.
     
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    Looks tiny

    The DS not your thumb :)
     
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    You can see firsthand the damage a broken driveshaft can cause. Floor pans dented and beyond
     
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    While I appreciate the picture of your thumb, that is not the part of the drive shaft that generally fails. [​IMG]
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    Any chance you have pics of the undercarriage to show
     
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    Yah. That's crazy. I got under the car. Saw the shaft. Flipped my lid. Checked the other threads, and then I saw they were failing in the fat section?

    Is the oe driveshaft wall too thin?
     
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    A driveshaft gets its strength from material, wall thickness and diameter.....amazing forces at work here. It takes a bunch of torque to twist that like a straw.
     
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    You would think that would be engineered into the equation. These shafts are right on the edge from the git. Add some sticky tires and boom. No room for error. Got to hand it to Ford. 662hp and CF DS from the factory.
     
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    Amen on the GT500 reference. That factory driveshaft was a work of art.

    Me thinks maybe Dodge did engineer it correctly....for THEIR purposes. :)
     
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    Yes, it seems like some of the engineering decisions on this car (DS, crank pulley) were an afterthought rather than forethought.
     

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