(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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October 01, 2019
Notice a nice jump in acceleration!!! No noise vibration. And tunnel clearance is no issue! I say this is a must buy?Helpful (0)
April 10, 2019
Skeptical about the price but worth it
This was bought for my 2013 Mustang GT w/Track Package. As the title says I was skeptical about spending over $1k on something like a drive shaft, but I couldn't be happier with how this drive shaft has changed my mustang. The main reason why I went with carbon fiber over aluminum is 3 fold: 1. Carbon Fiber will absorb NVH making this driveshaft quieter than stock or aluminum (if installed correctly and not damaged). 2. It is more torsonial than aluminum or steel which means it transfers power under load better. This means more consistent launches and smoother shifts under load. 3. You don't need a safety loop for carbon fiber and to track your car. Long story short my mustang revs quicker and smoother, all while being quieter than stock. Also, the annoying two piece clunk is gone now too.Helpful (2)
December 29, 2018
Peace of mind
This CF Driveshaft is well worth the money. Peace of mind with me no more 2 Piece Drive Shaft. Feels quicker around town. Had this on my previous Mustang and now on this 2014 Mustang 5.0 6 speed track pack. When in doubt buy a carbon fiber dry shaf when in doubt by a carbon fiber driveshaftHelpful (2)
May 18, 2018
Best Bolt-On Upgrade
Right after install; I could definitely feel the difference. No noise or vibration. Been riding this thing for 5,000 km. Best bolt-on I ever bought so far. Makes me worried though after seeing AM's youtube drag race that makes me skeptical about this shaft's HP rating.Helpful (9)
March 25, 2018
The carbon fiber driveshaft was an easy upgrade to install. I was adding headers at the time so that made it easy to access the transmission and rear axle. As soon as I got the car back on the road the difference was immediately noticeable. No more clunk when shifting or down shifting. The car also feels lighter in the sense that the heavy factory driveshaft seems to drag on the acceleration whether from a stop or just accelerating while moving. Overall this is a great upgrade and easy to install.Helpful (4)
September 18, 2017
I installed this myself. It was very straight forward and took me several hours. I had to loosen a couple of brackets on my aftermarket x-pipe exhaust to get the new driveshaft in due to the original having the knuckle in the middle making it easier to get off. I didn't realize there was a bracket midway on the stock driveshaft that needs to be unbolted. Other than that I could definitely tell a difference, the car seemed much quicker off the line. I figured I'd get a little better mpg due to less rotating mass, but haven't noticed as of yet.Helpful (8)
July 26, 2017
Can feel the difference!!! No more clunky noise from that 2 piece. It's easy to install! Just more on the pricey side compared to aluminumHelpful (9)
July 20, 2017
Carbon fiber shaft
This is a great upgrade. I replaced my old two piece metal driveshaft with this one piece carbon fiber driveshaft. I feel like I can get into the performance rpm faster now.Helpful (5)
July 20, 2017
Better then the Aluminum One
I tried the Aluminum One and as far as working it did but the noise was way to much like gear noise . so I took it out and put in the Driveshaft shop Carbon Fiber One . day and night the CF one is so much better no noise at all smooth . it cost more . I see like this if your a hardcore racer get the Aluminum One but if you want the best get The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber OneHelpful (7)
June 16, 2017
Buy it if you can afford it.
Great product, I noticed a slight difference in how quick I got into the high RPMs. The weight difference is a plus also.Helpful (5)
I have lowered (springs) by about 1.5" and motor is lowered 3/4" for SC clearance. Is there going to be any pinion angle issues or will CV absorb the differences in angle over stock?
While The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft should not have any issues accommodating for these issues, we do recommend checking pinion angle on vehicles as heavily modified as this.
I have ford performance k springs on my gt and I’m lowered 1.5 all the way around. Will I need to purchase an adjustable upper control arm to adjust pinion angle before I install this drive shaft?
Are new bolts included as is the Ford Performance version, or do you have to use the existing?
New bolts and hardware are included to get this driveshaft installed, you will not need to reuse the existing bolts.
hey guys,i have a question about this shaft,was wondering with the loss of almost half the weight of a stock one and everyone saying they can rev out better..the question is with the weight loss will it help with the 2 - 3rd shift or would it hurt it more.with everything working quicker due to the lost weight you would think it might help.thx for viewing my question and keep up the great work.... did Steph ever find out as to why her carbon fiber shaft shattered like it did with her race with Justin... thx Ken
The Driveshaft Shop 3.25 in. Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft will have a minimal effect on the 2-3 shift.
The The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft is not SFI Certified at this time.
The The Driveshaft Shop 3.25 in. Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft would feature a dry carbon fiber construction with a fiberglass wrap around the product afterwards.
You will not need to do adjustments toe the pinion or thrust angles. When installing the Driveshaft Shop 3.25 in. Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft you can just bolt it on and go if its a stock car.
The The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft would require replacement if it were to become sufficiently damaged as it could pose a safety risk. For daily driving, we would recommend the The Driveshaft Shop Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft, item 14104, as it can deflect smaller road hazards without compromising its integrity. https://www.americanmuscle.com/dss-aluminum-driveshaft-1114gt.html
Hello! The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft will still fit on your GT. It should actually provide more clearance than your factory driveshaft.
The The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft is a direct fit replacement and will require no additional components for installation.
This driveshaft will not fit in a 2012 GT500 as the driveshaft length is going to be different than the one that will fit for the 2012 GT500. We do offer a GT500 specific one piece carbon fiber driveshaft which you can find here: http://www.americanmuscle.com/dss-cf-driveshaft-0712gt500.html.
Some car enthusiast prefer carbon fiber due to its slight lighter weight and carbon fibers ability to be slightly stronger than aluminum. It is strictly a personal preference and what type of build you are looking for.
As long as you are only on lowering springs, you should see no fitment issues with the The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft (11-14 GT, BOSS)
No tune required as you are not doing anything to engine. You only need a tune when doing engine modifications.
I have the 2013 GT Track package with 3.73 Torsen differential. It works and fit perfectly.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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