Review & Install Video
Hey everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com and this is my detailed review of the 31 Spline Ford Racing One-Piece Aluminum Drive Shaft available for all '96 to '04 Mustang GTs and Mach Ones and all '96 to '98 Mustang Cobras. The Ford Racing One-Piece Aluminum Drive Shaft is going to be a solid upgrade for any SN95 owner out there. Looking to replace the heavy steel factory drive shaft with a strong and lightweight one piece aluminum option from a trusted name like Ford Racing.
This is going to be a great option for some of you owners out there who might be suffering from some drive line vibrations and are looking for an affordable fix. Or on the other hand it might be for the owners out there who subject their Mustangs to some serious track use and are looking for an upgrade in both strength and materials for some hardcore launches.
Again guys, this is Ford Racing's 31 spline option here, which is designed to fit the 8.8 rears in the GT Cobra or Mach One. Now on the site we say this thing only fits your manual Mustang. And that is true as this product sits right now. However, you can use this on your automatic equipped Mustang. All you have to do is basically transfer that factory yoke over to the new Ford Racing drive shaft here and you should be good to go.
So with the fitment out of the way, let's talk about some of the benefits you can expect when making the switch to this drive shaft. Now one of the major benefits when making the switch to an aluminum drive shaft is the big time weight savings you're going to be seeing here. In fact, Ford Racing's option is constructed from high quality T6 6061 aluminum which, besides being a little bit stronger than that factory steel drive shaft, is going to be far lighter than that steel drive shaft as well.
In fact guys, the Ford Racing aluminum drive shaft is going to weigh in around the 13 or 14 pound range. Compare that to the factory steel drive shaft around 19 or 20 pounds and that's a savings of roughly six to seven pounds or over 25%. Which I know probably doesn't sound like a whole lot, but you have to keep in mind here guys, this is rotational mass. Big difference than shedding some dead weight off the car.
And why is that? Well, because the engine doesn't have to work as hard to spin this lighter drive shaft, the car overall will feel a little bit more responsive. It should rev a little faster, it's going to pull through the RPMs a little quicker, and you might even notice a slight improvement in your 60 foot time. And maybe even a tenth or two off of your quarter mile time.
All right, so we know that this drive shaft will be much lighter than your factory drive shaft and we know there's some benefits that go along with that. But the weight savings is only one part of the equation. This Ford Racing aluminum drive shaft will also be slightly stronger than your factory steel drive shaft, thanks again to that T6 6061 aluminum construction. Along with the three and a half inch thick walled seamless tube.
Along with that T6 construction, the Ford Racing option is also packing some pretty serious 1330 u-joints here, which can sometimes be the weak link on the factory drive shaft. Definitely not the concern here with this new after market drive shaft from Ford Racing, as they have been upgraded and are much stronger than the factory units.
Now another huge benefit when making the switch to this aluminum drive shaft from Ford Racing is the reduction in drive line vibrations that I see a lot of SN95 owners complain about, at least here on the site. Now that factory steel drive shaft it can become unbalanced or even slightly twisted which will cause some drive line vibrations that do increase with speed. Now by making the switch to the Ford Racing aluminum option here, most if not all of the owners have reported back with great success. It basically eliminated all of their problems.
But perhaps one of the best things about this particular drive shaft from Ford Racing is the price. To be getting a brand new, well built, one piece aluminum drive shaft for right around $300 is pretty damn good. And it's by far and away your most affordable option here at American Muscle. Installing a new drive shaft on your SN95 really isn't a difficult task, per se. But of course, all of your work will be done underneath the car, so just make sure you have your jack and jack stands ready to go, race ramps, or a lift if you have access.
You're looking at some basic hand tools here, guys. Nothing too crazy. Twelve millimeter wrench, a torque wrench is always a great idea, and finally some blue Loctite for those drive shaft bolts. Now in order to remove and replace the drive shaft, you really only need to remove four 12 millimeter bolts, then replace the drive shaft with the new Ford Racing unit and you should be wrapped up.
A couple of hours in the shop or garage is really all you need to tackle this one, guys. And again, very straight forward stuff. So we'll say one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter.
Wrapping this one up, guys, the Ford Racing One-Piece Aluminum Drive Shaft will be a solid choice for your Mustang GT, Mach One, or Cobra and here's why. The benefits and weight savings and strength alone are a huge improvement over your factory drive shaft. And it's all coming for a price that's going to be very hard to beat. So be sure to check out a drive shaft option for your ride right here at americanmuscle.com.
Less Weight, More Power.
Ford Racing's Light Weight Aluminum Driveshaft for 1996 to 2004 GTs, 1996 to 1998 Cobras, and 2003 to 2004 Mach 1 Mustangs is designed to reduce stress on your car by reducing the rotating mass of your drive train. Less weight means better power transfer allowing you to put more horse power to the ground.
Constructed of light-weight, high-strength seamless 3.5" diameter aluminum tubing. Ford Racing's Light Weight Aluminum Driveshaft is built to last and is the perfect replacement for your street or strip car.
This Ford Racing drive shaft is made from lightweight aluminum and features a stock 31 spline design that is compatible with 8.8" differentials.
The Ford Racing drive shaft fits 96-04 Mustang GTs, 96-98 Cobras, and 03-04 Mach 1s with manual transmissions.
Technical Notes. For manual transmissions only. Will not fit 99-04 Cobra.
- What's in the Box
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 2 Hours
Difficulty Level:Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
- Tech Specs
- Ford Part# M-4602-J
- Fits 1996-04 GT Mustang with manual transmission
- Fits 1996-98 Cobra 4.6L with manual transmission
- Fits 2003-2004 Mach1 with manual transmission
- Stock 31 spline yoke
- High strength, 3.5" diameter 0.114" wall thickness 6061-RT62 aluminum seamless drawn tube
- 1330 U-joints 45.5" long (CL to CL of U-joints)
- Will not fit 1999-04 Cobra
- Will it fit my Mustang?
- Bullitt - 01
- Cobra - 96, 97, 98
- GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04
- Mach 1 - 03, 04
Not compatible with automatic transmissions or 1999-2004 Cobra Mustangs