(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install a Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft on your 1996-1994 Mustang
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So the SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft is a great option for the '96 through '04 Mustang owners out there that are looking to shed some weight from their drive train along with strengthening their components, proving their launches an acceleration. That factory driveshaft is not only heavy but it's just not that tough and it's more likely to fail, especially if you're gonna be dumping your clutch a lot on the track. Install wise, I'll be giving this a light to a moderate one outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and about a two-hour job. I'll have a little bit more coming up for you on that later. So you've had your Mustang for a while or maybe it's just new to you and you're wondering, "Why get an aluminum driveshaft or just a new one?" Well one aftermarket driveshaft does a lot much more than just shed actual weight off the car. Less weight in terms of a driveshaft and how it functions means your engine can ride faster and that results in putting more power down and reducing parasitic loss. Now the stock Mustang driveshaft is made from a heavy steel and is more or less designed for the life of the car. Now it produces a fair amount of noise, vibration, and harshness, and it's not really geared towards a car that seeing a lotta track time or just in general, spirited driving. So the heavier any rotating part on your car is, the more engine power is used to move them. When you lower that weight and free up the engine, you make it work less, which again, is gonna result in getting you into that power band that much quicker. Now this aluminum driveshaft is not only gonna be a great option from a weight savings perspective as by greatly reducing that rotating mass, you're gonna be improving your Mustang's quarter mile times, along with off-the-line acceleration, and even cutting down on your 60 foots. But on-road benefits aside here, guys, we're gonna see that this is manufactured out of a lightweight three and a half inch diameter Alcoa's certified 6061-T6 Aluminum, that is gonna come along equipped with a new pinion flange and a 1330 series U-joint. I can't stress it enough here, that weight savings is another great variable about this one piece driveshaft versus the factory equipment, as this is gonna come in at 13 pounds over the factory's 21 pounds, which is apparent right outta the box. Now it's not just a matter of it being a slight diet. Shaving that weight is amplified as cutting down on that rotational mass, in turn, creates better performance. Looking at the pricing, guys, expect to be spending around 450 bucks to get this onto your car. And then switching gears to the installation portion of the video. Like I said a little bit earlier, this is going to warrant an easy but an involved one outta three wrenches on our difficulty meter here, about a two-hour job with a fair amount of tools. So you'll start by getting your rear end up in the air either with a pair stands or on race ramps and then locate the four bolts that secure the pinion flange, which is located at the rear of the car. Now you may want to use a swivel to get a good grip on the bolts, and if they're rusted, make sure to hit 'em with a lotta lube or heat 'em up. So if you're using ramps and you have difficulty accessing all of the pinion flange bolts, simply lift the rear up slightly and then just rotate the drive shaft. And before removing all four bolts, make sure to get a jack stand or a similar support underneath the old driveshaft just to prevent it from dropping down. But once they're loose, you're gonna wanna slide the driveshaft rearward and away from the trans. You're gonna wanna watch out for any fluid that may be leaking out of the trans as well. Now if the rear is elevated higher than the front, this should not be an issue for you. But once you're done there, guys, carefully slide the yoke of the new driveshaft into the end of the transmission and then locate the four original bolt holes in the diff pinion flange, reinstall the original bolts, and then tighten and torque them to spec. So that'll wrap up my quick review of the SR Performance Aluminum One Piece 31 Spline Driveshaft, fitting the '96 through '04 Mustang GT, the '03 through '04 Mach 1, and the '96 through the '98 Cobra, that can be found right here at americanmuscle.com.
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February 02, 2020
Will this work on a 2002 mustang gt 4.6 automatic transmission?? Before I spend my money on this??Helpful (0)
July 18, 2019
A bit quicker and smoother.
Pretty easy install. Had to use torch to loosen bolts. Would have been much faster with a lift. Noticeable difference.Helpful (1)
May 24, 2018
Had to break it loose with a cheater bar but took longer to lift car than to change out shaft. Shaft is very nice. Car does rev a lil lighter/quicker. Tranny will drip out a lil bit so be ready for it with a towel.Helpful (5)
March 22, 2018
SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft
The difference is noticeable from the first second of driving, no nasty vibration and annoying sound of tired old stock driveshaft. Also car feels much-much lighter, like sport car needs to be!. (installation took about 15 minutes)Helpful (6)
February 01, 2018
Bolted on easily with no problem. zero wobble or balance issues. Works great!!!Helpful (6)
November 25, 2017
Sr aluminum driveshaft.
Less rotating mass, lighter, less driveline vibration, smoother. What's not to like.Helpful (8)
June 27, 2017
Sometimes more is better. ..
This driveline is very nice. It was more money than the ford raceing unit, However fit perfect and fixed me vibration issues.... Sometimes you get what you pay for... Spend the extra money.. Its worth it. ..Helpful (6)
March 21, 2017
Worth the $
Had the shop put it in with my 4.10s. Looks good underneath and the weight reduction is a plus. After having this installed my drive line vibration went awayHelpful (9)
March 01, 2017
SR Aluminum Driveshaft
This drive shaft went in like a dream. Old heavy(and I mean heavy) drive shaft out, SR in. WoW what a difference in drive-ability, my car seems more responsive and rpm's are quicker.Helpful (7)
December 09, 2016
I installed this driveshaft on my 2003 mustang gt and wow! A lot smoother ride and no more vibration like I had with the stock on. Highly recommend this to anyone looking to replace your driveshaft.Helpful (7)
will this driveshaft fit on a 2003 ford mustang gt with an automatic transmission?
This 31 Spline SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft has been designed for the 1996-2004 manual transmission Mustangs meaning it will not properly install on your automatic transmission.
This fit 2002 gt mustang automatic
This driveshaft is designed for the 1996-2004 manual transmission Mustangs that require a 45.5" long driveshaft.
would this fit into an 02 mustang v6 that has been v8 swapped?
No it would not, custom modification would be needed in order to get this driveshaft working, or any driveshaft we have to offer, due to the engine swap.
Hello, after replacing my stock driveshaft to SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft, i noticed a transmission liquid leak from my transmissions main shaft seal, so i need to change the main shaft seal; my question is - will stock main shaft seal fit to this driveshaft or is there some SR performance or other special aftermarket main shaft seal to fit to this driveshaft, Thanks.
You would be able to use a factory style tail shaft seal with this aftermarket driveshaft.
Will this driveshaft be ok with a lot of mods ? I have a lot of mods I’m adding to my GT very shortly such as gears (3:73) , cams , pullies . I already have intake plenum also full exhaust..
This SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft has been used on applications with quite some modifications including some forced induction Mustangs. Depending on the extent of the modifications on your Mustang this may not be strong enough, however from the modifications listed in your question, this would be sufficient.
This SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft will not fit your 2003 Mustang V6.
The SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft will fit a '97 5 Speed GT, and does not require any additional parts
The SR Performance Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft can be used on automatic vehicles when swapping the yoke.
This driveshaft will work with a 2002 Mustang GT with a T56 6-speed Magnum transmission.
Hello, A driveshaft specialty shop would be able to make you an aluminum driveshaft for your automatic.
There is unfortunately no way to convert the driveshaft to 28 spline.
The Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft - 31 Spline will only work with the Manual Transmission.
It will work for a manual or auto
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
What's in the Box(1) Driveshaft
For V8 Mustangs that require a 45.5" long driveshaft