(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and this is my detailed breakdown of the drive shaft shop one piece carbon fiber and aluminum drive shaft available for the 2005 to 2014 Mustang GT, all 11-14 V6s and the 2007-2012 Shelby GT 500. For all intents and purposes either the carbon fiber or aluminum one piece drive shaft would be a massive upgrade over the factory two-piece drive shaft in just about every way with the only exception of course being cost. Now before I lay down all the benefits of switching to a one-piece drive shaft, go ahead and click on that link below to subscribe to our YouTube channel if you haven't done so already. That way you can see more detailed product overviews like these drive shafts here in addition to other great Mustang bids that are certainly worth the watch. So the drive shaft shop has been around for over 30 years designing and producing quality drive shafts that have been used on everything from record breaking drag cars to some of our very own project cars like Project MMD and Project Coyote. Currently on the site, we are offering both the carbon fiber version and the lightweight aluminum version which again will be a huge improvement over that stocker not only in weight savings but also strength, drivability and performance.First up, let's start with the most obvious benefit of going with a one-piece drive shaft, weight savings. Now I do have the factory 2014 Coyote drive shaft here with me. So let's throw that on the scale and see what we're looking at. All right so the factory two-piece drive shaft is weighing in at roughly 37-1/2 pounds. Take this off. Now let's see what we're looking at with the aluminum drive shaft. So with the one-piece drive shaft, the aluminum version, we're weighing in at 18-1/2 pounds roughly. So we'll take this off and throw the carbon fiber version on and see what the difference is. And the carbon fiber version is just over 17 pounds right now. So there you go. Just by going with a one-piece lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber drive shaft you're roughly going to shave almost 20 pounds off your Mustang's rotational mass.By shedding that much weight off the drivetrain, you're going to notice a couple of different things, quicker revs and improved throttle response and you should even see slightly faster 60 foot and quarter mile times. Another benefit is that you should notice slightly less vibrations that can sometimes be associated with two-piece drive shafts. Another massive benefit is that the one piece drive shafts are just inherently stronger than the factory two-piece drive shaft. For one, you are eliminating the weak spot in the factory two-piece drive shaft and you're also going to be using stronger materials all around from the shaft itself to the CV and U joints much superior compared to the factory counterpart.First up, let's start with the lightweight aluminum version. Now if you want you can click on the link below to head back to our site if you're not there already to learn a little bit more about this guy. Now first up, the lightweight version is going to be a little less expensive compared to the carbon fiber version but will still offer all of the same performance benefits I just talked about a little earlier. The shaft itself has been made from a light weight 6061 T6 aluminum while the CV joint and U joints themselves have been made from extremely strong 300M alloy steel. This is the same steel used in aircraft landing gear and other applications where strength is an absolute must. The carbon fiber version on the other hand is slightly more expensive compared to the aluminum version but you do get a little bit more for your money.In fact, just click the link below if you want to learn more about this guy. Carbon fiber construction does weigh slightly less compared to the aluminum version as we just saw with our scale and when it does come to rotational mass, every little bit helps. Another plus with the carbon fiber version is that even though both options have been rated at 900 horsepower at the rear wheels that carbon fiber construction is going to have a higher degree of torsion and a higher tensile strength. So that basically means the carbon fiber material can handle much more abuse before breaking when compared to the aluminum version. Now even though the carbon fiber is technically stronger in that regard, it does have better elasticity allowing it to twist ever so slightly on those hard launches reducing some of the shock on your drivetrain, your gears and your axles.Because it does have the ability to dampen some of these noises, everyday driving should be a little quieter and free of noise vibration and harshness when compared to that aluminum unit. Getting either option installed on to your Mustang is actually pretty straightforward if you've never done one before but I will say it makes life a lot easier if you have a lift on hand in addition to another set of hands. On the other hand, if you want to do things the old-fashioned way and get on your back underneath some jack stands, well it can be done that way too but just be sure to leave yourself two hours to get the job done and make sure you have a good quality fork wrench on hand just to make sure everything is according to spec. Either way if you do have any questions about the install or about the drive shafts themselves, feel free to give us a call or shoot us an e-mail.Even though upgrading the factory two-piece drive shaft in your ride can be a little pricey, the savings in weight and general improvements overall are worth every single penny especially if your car sees a lot of track time. So be sure to check out the drive shaft shop options for your ride available right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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June 10, 2019
weighs 1/10 the weight of the stock 2 piece driveshaft. Great quality!Helpful (0)
June 10, 2019
Best 1 piece driveshaft
No boot cover tearing to worry about here. Works great so far. Love itHelpful (1)
May 17, 2019
Surprise this is a seat of your pants feeling
Simple install, I didn’t think I would notice this . I just replaced it to buy better tires But it was an instant surprise how much you could feel this added quickness or responsiveness. It was like lagging before and I didn’t know it.Helpful (2)
May 14, 2019
Be careful as the hardware for the adapter plate is a little bit soft. Otherwise extremely high quality.Helpful (0)
April 01, 2019
Installation was straightforward and only took about 25 min. Much stronger than the stock piece and very pleased to get rid of the factory 2-piece.Helpful (0)
October 24, 2018
Should of bought a long time ago
More power to the ground. Great for all Mustangs. Should be u first Mod.Helpful (4)
October 20, 2018
easy replacement of heavy 2 piece factory unit. be sure to lock-tite bolts.Helpful (5)
September 20, 2018
A must have
Had a small vibration with stock drive shaft installed dss drive shaft on my 2011 shelby gt500 no more vibration and lost about 20 poundsHelpful (3)
February 14, 2018
works as designed no problems and as always timely delivery from american muscleHelpful (7)
December 28, 2017
Must have for forwarding motion...
Why did I wait so long ?? Definite weight savings and so much better than original 2 piece dinosaur unit ford put in there. Just a great upgrade that should have been in car originally...Helpful (6)
What is the exact length on this? I'm looking for a replacement after I upgrade my GT's transmission the tremec. I'm told that transmission is longer.
Unfortunately we do not have the exact specs on how long this driveshaft is. But, when upgrading to the Tremec transmission, this driveshaft will be too long to work and would have to be shortened or a customer driveshaft would have to be purchased.
Driveshaft A Bolt In? Is the drive shaft a direct bolt in or do I need to change the yoke on the differential?
The shaft will retain the factory 6 bolt CV mount Eliminating the necessity of changing out the pinion yoke.
What is the Warranty on this product?
The Driveshaft Shop offers a one year warranty.
Is this unit shorter than the OE 2 piece? The trans shop doing my clutch is saying it's .25" shorter than the OE unit and would need to pull the diff closer when the bolts are tightened.
The The Driveshaft Shop 3.5 in. Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft will not require any additional modifications to install. This will be slightly shorter, as there is no need for added length to accommodate for the center joint's movement, however no spacers or relocation of the rear diff are needed. We recommend installing this with the rear suspension loaded to ease installation.
What driveshaft loops work with this driveshaft on a GT500 with Kooks long tube headers?
The The Driveshaft Shop 3.5 in. Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft will indeed be compatible with GMS Driveshaft Safety Loops - Front & Rear (item #393127). I will post the link for that driveshaft loop below: https://www.americanmuscle.com/gms-driveshaft-safety-loops-front-rear-0514.html
Hello! I would suggest trying to rotate it 180* and see if that works for you. If not take it to a shop and see if they can see whats going on, might be slightly out of balance. If all else fails give us a call and see what one of our CS Reps can do for you!
Hello, When making the upgrade to a one piece driveshaft you should not see any increase in cabin noise or vibration if balanced properly.
We have seen many applications that do not require an adjustable upper control arm to set the pinion angle, however, depending on the severity of the ride drop we would highly recommend it. Even on a slightly lowered vehicle, we would still recommend the UCA to make sure everything is set correctly.
This will be the most up to date version, however when installing the The Driveshaft Shop Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft (07-12 GT500) the adjustment of the pinion angle will have to be adjusted accordingly as every Mustang reacts differently. However you most like will not have to make that adjustment.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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