Installation Time: Full Day
August 26, 2013
One Piece Of The Pie
After 49,000 miles and several performance upgrades upping my RWHP to 450 I could feel my original clutch was getting a bit grabby and my T45 transmission was refusing to go into 1st and R without serious effort, and when it was in gear it whined and I'd swear a vibration was developing in the rear. So I sat down and put together a list of gear from an aluminum flywheel to the rear differential and everything between.
A rebuilt and upgraded T45 with a 26 spline front shaft and Kevlar syncro's was first on the list, and The T45 Source took care of that for me. Royal purple fluid,l an aluminum flywheel, Ford Racing throw-out and pilot bearings, an OEM 2003-2004 Valeo Pressure plate to increase claiming force while retaining a light pedal for increased driveability, Mccleod 26 spline clutch disk, Steeda Tri-ax shifter, MMR clutch cable/quadrant, Ford Racing clutch release arm, and of course a Ford Racing Aluminum drive shaft.
What? This review is for a that unnamed driveshaft.. Well, I bought the Ford Racing first because it had a name, a good one, and was less expensive. It didn't work out. So I ordered this one and was almost stunned by how nice looking it was and the attention to detail. "Very Nice" was my first and my lasting impression.
Unfortunately it didn't fit! After discussion with the manufacturer we discovered it was the yoke. The new yoke was oversize, either by design or accident has not been determined. They recommended using our old yoke and they promptly paid my shop for their labour with this issue.
Everything has been great since. Did the driveshaft improve performance? I doubt it. Probably no more than replacing my ujoints on the OEM driveshaft would have done. What it does, in combination with the aluminum flywheel.. is change the driving characteristics of the car. Better for track use, probably less so for street.