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Ford Performance Aluminum Driveshaft - 31 Spline (96-04 GT; 96-98 Cobra; 03-04 Mach 1)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Reduces Rotating Mass for Quicker ET's
    • Light Weight Aluminum
    • Stock 31 Spline Design
    • Made in the USA
    • Designed for Manual Transmissions Only
    • Fits 1996-2004 GT, Mach 1 & 1996-1998 Cobra Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    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.

    Superior Construction. 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.

    Specifications. This Ford Racing drive shaft is made from lightweight aluminum and features a stock 31 spline design that is compatible with 8.8" differentials.

    Application. 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.

    Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

    What's in the Box
    Hardware included:
    • 31 Spline Yoke
    • U-joints
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs

    Specifications:

    • 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
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    Is it save to drive the Aluminium Driveshaft in winter on salty streets? Or should I clear coat it for protection?

    Dom

    • Aluminum corrodes, however, it will not rust. Aluminum is less prone to corrosion than iron, so it will actually last longer than the stock driveshafts which are usually made of iron/steel. With that said, this driveshaft would indeed be safe to drive in the winter and on salty roads.

      AMJEFF

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    Will this fit a 2001 Bullitt?

    McQueen

    • Yes, this aluminum driveshaft will definitely fit in your 2001 Bullitt without any problems!

      LisaS

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    When using this on an automatic GT I am told you can switch the automatic yoke to this driveshaft.Is a different u joint needed or is it plug and play with the automatic yoke?

    Stroker

    • The Ford Performance Aluminum Driveshaft would simply need the yoke swapped, with no special u joints.

      Rob D

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    I want to put an aluminum drive shaft on my 03 GT and wanted to know if you could give me the part # for the yolk I need to switch out? The car is an automatic. What other drive shafts would fit this car? [brand name]

    superstang03

    • Unfortunately we do not carry a yolk or driveshaft that would be compatible with an automatic 2003 GT, however I would recommend looking at Ford Performance part number # M4602J-K, and you would need a 31-spline yolk compatible with your specific model mustang.

      AMMikeS

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    So will this work with either the t45 or tr3650 trans

    JoshR

    • The Ford Performance Aluminum Driveshaft with 31 Spline will work with the T45 and TR3650 transmissions.

      AMCoalSVT

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    Does this have 1310 or 1350 ujoints? Will it fit a fox chassis with a tko 3550?

    KipperD

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    Overall Rating 4.8

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Afternoon

    Installation Cost:$100-$250

    • Performance Gain 3.753425 3.8
    • Fit 4.876712 4.9



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 29, 2018

      Good addition

      Bought this to help with vibrations after 4.10 year swap. Helped alot.

      Dcarr

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: 0-$100

      May 21, 2018

      Big improvement

      Item was delivered very quickly. Had my car in the shop for other repairs so i had them install it. It took a significant amount of vibration out of my drive line. If you haven't upgraded, put this on your list of items to get.

      BryanP

      Year: 1998 Submodel: Cobra

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 14, 2018

      Drive shaft

      Its aluminum. It's a drive shaft. No shakes. No problems.

      bill3536

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 03, 2018

      Good replacement

      Was in need of new u joints for my 04 gt. Instead of rebuilding my old driveshaft, I decided to replace it with this alunumium one. Was a super easy install, and noticed less vibrations through the seat on the highway. Would recommend to anyone looking to get a quality replacement driveshaft. Especially for the price

      StephenR

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      March 30, 2018

      Works well

      Product works as advertised, some vibrations with 4.10Gears at extreme high speed.

      Sarg

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 16, 2018

      Ford Performance Aluminum Driveshaft

      Exact fit. Reduced harmonics in drive train. Looks nice.

      p1jrevely

      Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 14, 2018

      Awesome

      No vibrations, looks like eye candy, really easy to install and works great in my Mach 1 with TR3650 trans.

      OldYeller

      Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 04, 2018

      alumn drive shaft

      easy install, much better than the rusty steel one I replaced.

      AndrewS

      Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      February 01, 2018

      Smooth

      Really made my ride a lot nicer. No vibrations at all

      ThomasF

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 31, 2018

      If you have 4.10 gears, you need this

      I did 4.10 gears in my 01 Bullitt and was not happy with it. On the highway, I was having bad vibrations at 2800 rpm and above. I read into the problem and the stock driveshaft was the culprit. Now the car rides like it was stock. It was well worth the price.

      PaulM

      Year: 2001 Submodel: Bullitt

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      January 19, 2018

      Aluminum driveshaft for 98 cobra

      As far as the driveshaft goes, it is 100 better than the stock one. The weight difference better the two was easily noticeable by hand once I took the old one off and put the new one on. My install took just a bit longer then an hour because my driveshaft bolts were on there petty good. There is no more vibrations while I'm on the freeway so that's great but as far as performance goes, I did not find a huge improvement. For the price, I would definitely consider this item if you have bad vibrations on the road and are looking to shed a few pounds off the drivetrain.

      ProjectCobra

      Year: 1998 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Shop Install

      Installation Cost: $100-$250

      December 15, 2017

      Good Product

      I could not tell a big difference in power because I had completed a lot of work at one time (throttle, Hpipe, and so on) but it did seem to turn tires a little bit faster that before. This should help put more power down. Coupled with 4.10's, good to go! Had no problem with installation.

      JoshuaS

      Year: 1997 Submodel: Cobra

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    • 5/5

      November 23, 2017

      Nice driveshaft

      TKO in foxbody, was the perfect length and had the correct spline count.

      NathanK

      Year: 1988 Submodel: LX

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 07, 2017

      light weight.

      this new drive shaft is a little bit lighter than the stock one i do feel the motor spin up a bit faster overall its a pretty god buy .

      TonyTonychopper

      Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      November 01, 2017

      Awesome!!

      Perfect fit, and very noticeably lighter than stock!!! And stronger too who doesn't need that on their stang???

      ChristopherY

      Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 17, 2017

      Great buy

      Great buy for a 300000 up grade from the stock driveshaft started buzz from a bad u-joint so don't waste your money on u-joints.

      MichaelD

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 11, 2017

      Ford Performance Aluminum Driveshaft

      Ordered an aluminum driveshaft for my 03 Mach 1 with an auto transmission. I ordered one because I was feeling some vibrations on the highway with my 4.10 gears. Installation was a breeze, took no more than 45 minutes (I was taking my time). If you have a auto transmission, just use the yoke from your current driveshaft. Vibrations are gone and the Mach revs up quicker. As strange as it sounds, the car just feels lighter. Very pleased with this driveshaft.

      RobertoM

      Year: 2003 Submodel: Mach 1

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 17, 2017

      Aluminium Driveshaft

      Decent weight difference between this and my stock driveshaft. Thought I might have to balance it but the install >1hr. And it drove just fine after test ride. Decrease in vibration aswell!

      DominickS

      Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 02, 2017

      great mod

      Simple as could be install in just minutes once the car is in the air. Much better revs and throttle response to the wheels. As previous reviews noted my driveline clunk did not improve so I must have other issues like a worn trans mount or something. Well worth the money.

      RobertR

      Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 12, 2017

      Aluminum!

      Had to replace the clutch on my GT. Great upgrade while I had the old one out.

      flimflam1987

      Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

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