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The Driveshaft Shop 3.25 Inch Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft (15-17 GT w/ Manual Transmission)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my review of The Driveshaft Shop's carbon fiber one-piece driveshaft for 2015 and '16 GTs.A carbon fiber one-piece driveshaft is going to be for any S550 owner that's looking to strengthen their driveline and drop some weight while they're at it. The 2015 Mustang still comes from factory with a two-piece driveshaft, which is going to inherently have some weaknesses. A big thing to call out here would be that the DSS driveshaft is going to be much lighter. We know that the stock driveshaft weighs roughly 33 pounds, and I have the scale to measure this carbon fiber version, which looks like it weighs right around 26 pounds. Now keep in mind that we do have the adapter plate on this guy, which is going to add a little bit of weight to this. The weight savings here should mean improvements such as faster revs, better throttle response, and less vibrations or clunking during driving.And looking at these driveshafts, I can tell you that I like the trans end for the manual version because it has a hearty flange with a solid-looking U-joint, and I like that the differential end for both options has a nice CV-joint that's going to be more stable than other options, like a slider. Another thing I like is the carbon fiber. The carbon fiber version is going to be lighter than even the aluminum one-piece driveshaft, and I know it's more expensive, between $1,300 and $1,400, but I think a carbon fiber driveshaft is nicer because of the way the material reacts to hard driving. It gives more of a torsional twist, way more than a stock driveshaft, and even more than the aluminum one-piece driveshaft, but without any kind of reverse snap. And, ultimately, the construction of this driveshaft and the carbon fiber should reduce the shock on other drivetrain components. If we were going to rate the driveshaft options, I'd have it go something like this: your stock one at the bottom, the aluminum one-piece next, followed by the top guy, which is this carbon fiber one. Now, with all of that being said, DSS rates this driveshaft as being capable of handling up to 1,000 horsepower.I would figure on about two hours for the install and about one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You do have to drop your exhaust for the install, and you will need a handful of different socket sizes and hex sockets, and a hammer might be helpful, but you really want to make sure you have a torque wrench for this install so you can torque down your adapter plate and driveshaft insert.Again, the carbon fiber one-piece driveshaft from The Driveshaft Shop does cost a pretty penny, but I think it's a great mod that will both change a stock S550 and is a must-have to support more power down the road. It's at the top of my list for driveshaft options, but, as always, check this thing out online and see what you think for yourself. I'm Stephanie, and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Reduces Rotating Mass for Quicker ET's
      • Lighter and Stronger Than Stock
      • High Modulus Carbon Fiber Construction
      • One Piece Driveshaft Design
      • 3.25" Diameter for Extra Clearance
      • High Speed Balanced - Rated Up to 1000 Horsepower
      • Fits 2015-2017 GT Mustangs Equipped with a Manual Transmission

      Description

      Light Weight. Lighter and stronger than the stock 2-piece driveshaft, The Driveshaft Shop's One Piece Carbon Fiber Mustang Driveshaft greatly reduces rotating mass to improve your Pony's 1/4 mile track times. Superior Quality. Constructed from 3.25" diameter High Modulus Carbon fiber tubing this driveshaft features a solid 1350 front Spicer u-joint with flange and adapter plate to mount directly to the transmission and a 108mm 6-bolt rear CV joint made from an all new 300M material. Extra Clearance. This light weight one piece carbon fiber driveshaft features a 3.25" diameter design giving extra clearance needed to avoid interference that can happen on lowered Mustangs equipped with a 4" shaft. High Speed Balanced. Balanced on one of the most sophisticated balancing machines in the industry, at up to 9500RPM (revolutions per minute) this one piece driveshaft is rated for use up to 1000 horsepower. Application. This one piece carbon fiber driveshaft from The Driveshaft Shop is designed specifically for use on 2015-2017 GT Mustangs equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission.

      Please Note. The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshafts are built to order for our customers and because of this, there can be a 5 to 6 week lead time on orders.

      Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

      MPN# FDSH55-C

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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      Ratings Summary

      3.9 out of 5 overall rating from 18 customers

      Installation Time: Full Day

      Installation Cost: $100-$250





      • December 12, 2018

        5 2017 GT - Bill Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Skeptical at first...

        Picked this up on a great Cyber Monday deal, well worth it! I had been on the fence about switching to a 1 piece driveshaft for a long time because there are so many negative reviews about vibration and having to keep clocking the shaft or having to exchange it. Install was straightforward with the correct allen sockets I was able to toque everything properly, dropping the read transmission mount will help with install. Feels much more direct when shifting, smoother on acceleration, lost all the clunking noises at low speeds that the car had since new. Highly recommend installing a one piece driveshaft!

        Helpful (7)
      • June 20, 2018

        1 2015 GT - StevieD

        Weak

        It broke into two pieces when I was driving and I had to pay over a hundred bucks because my tow card didn’t come with long distance towing

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      • April 27, 2018

        5 2017 GT - sleeperstang Installation Time: Afternoon

        Worth doing it right.

        Installed this by myself on jack stands along with a few other suspension parts while I was at it, to prepare suspension and drive train for boost down the line. Wasn't terrible as long as you took your time and had the right tools - do your research and make sure you have the right stuff first (those ball-end allens are key), and it'll go in no problem. Shop install recommended if you don't have the patience. Noticeable difference, car "feels" lighter and more responsive, and I worry less on hard launches with the "springy" tendency of the carbon fiber.

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      • February 26, 2018

        5 2015 GT - AsirN Installation Time: Afternoon

        After a couple drives

        It feels great , I swear I feel the front end lift a little and the rear end squats more on hard accelerations. It also makes me feel a bit more connected to the car or less numb feeling. I did have other mods that might also play a part on that.

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      • November 25, 2017

        1 2015 GT - matt Installation Time: Shop Install

        Not as promised

        The driveshaft exploded underneath me during a launch at about 4,000rpm. Car makes 650-700 to the wheels. Did not hold up at all, and it left me stranded. Extremely disappointed, not worth the money.

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      • October 03, 2017

        5 2015 GT - TJK Installation Time: Afternoon

        Works great and no vibration

        Works great. Easy to install. And no vibrations. A few reviews stated that the shafts were not balanced. Make sure that you reassemble them with the alignment marks lined up. That is how it was balanced at the factory. I have absolutely no vibrations. Much better than the stock two piece with the rubber giubo. No more jerky feeling at slow speeds. Also, many reviews state that you can't torque the front bolts. Use the proper tools!!! You will need 8mm and 10mm ball end allen sockets. 8mm and 10mm allen wrenches with corresponding crowfoot wrenches will work also. But you will have to understand that keeping the crowfoot wrench at exactly 90 degrees will eliminate any torque multiplication. Lowering the transmission mount about 4" helps too. I was installing a new shifter. So this was already done in my case.

        Helpful (9)
      • August 16, 2017

        5 2017 GT - DanielC Installation Time: Afternoon

        Quiet and noticeable difference

        Pretty easy to install. It really helps to have an additional person inside while tightening and torqueing bolts underneath

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      • July 14, 2017

        1 2016 GT - GregB Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: $100-$250

        Let's Hope the Second One Is Balanced

        I had my Ford dealer install this driveshaft on my 2016 GT, which has a Phase I Roush supercharger, LT headers and some other add-ons. Under 40mph, it felt snappy and more responsive than the stock one. However, at 45-65mph, it vibrated a lot--enough that it felt sketchy, and certainly was not good on the driveline--so I took it back to the dealer and had them confirm my suspicion that it was unbalanced. It was, so I called the awesome folks at AM and explained. They said send it back for an exchange. I am in the process of doing that, waiting for the next one to be sent. If it is good and balanced, I probably will bump this up to 2 stars due to the extra $200 for the second install (so now this thing is up to around $1600). If it is not, then I am going to call the DS company and request comp for both installs--and go back to the original. I see there was another post here that had a misbalanced one, so out of 11 reviews, two were misbalanced. What is up with the Driveshaft Shop quality control?

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      • June 13, 2017

        5 2017 GT - DavidV Installation Time: Shop Install

        Excellent Upgrade!

        Immediate improvement in feel and drivability. Highly recommended.

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      • May 31, 2017

        2 2016 GT - MarkD Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good Idea with serious engineering oversights

        This is a good driveshaft. But, as another person said, there is no way to torque the front four bolts to specification. No tool exists to achieve the sharp angel needed to torque the bolts to the 54 Lbs specification. This is an engineering oversight that DSS clearly did not address in design and development. I will be replacing the DSS hex cap screws with 12.9 grade bolts that I can put a crow foot adapter onto. Where this driveshaft fails is with the DSS customer service. When I called Drive Shaft Shop to discuss the torque issues and determine what tool they propose I use to achieve 54 foot lbs, the tech support guy was argumentative and not friendly. He said, "we have sold a thousand of these and no has had a problem" After I pressed them on how exactly they recommend I get the necessary clearance to get a wrench on the bolt, the guy said he didn't know, "that they don't do installs and that maybe I should drop my rear axle." Overall its a good product however, I will not buy a DSS product in the future due to how poor their customer service was. If they cannot take the time to install their products (as indicated by customer service) and create a plausible install method, then perhaps they have overlooked other things.

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      Questions & Answers (11 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Both Aluminum and Carbon drive shaft are advertised as "light weight", but how much lighter are they? The videos mention they're 26 or 30ish pounds packaged, but that doesn't help. It would be very helpful to know the weight of the driveshafts.

      • The Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft will weigh in at 24 Lbs. and the Driveshaft Shop Aluminum One Piece Driveshaft will weigh in at 26Lbs.

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      Is this covered by a replacement warranty should it explode into a thousand pieces like the one in Stephanie's ride in the latest Hot Lap episode?

      • The The Driveshaft Shop 3.25 in. Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft will come with a 12 month warranty, which will cover failures due to defects in materials and workmanship, including failure under the rated hp, however failures brought about by road hazards, incorrect installations, damaged parts, or abuse are not covered.

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      will this drive shaft work for a GT350?

      • Hi, This Driveshaft Shop Carbon Fiber One Piece Driveshaft is designed specifically for use on 2015-2017 GT Mustangs equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission only.

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      Will there be noticeable increase in vibration and noise?

      Can I use this in my 2016 automatic mustang gt. I have this in my 2016 with manual transmission.

      • This driveshaft is designed for 15-17 Mustang GT models equipped with the manual transmission only. We do offer one for the automatic transmission though. That can be found here: https://www.americanmuscle.com/dss-cf-driveshaft-auto-2015gt.html.

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      Is there a version for ecoboost with manual? 1 answer
      What (if any) gains have been noticed in fuel economy? 1 answer
      The video review of this driveshaft says it weighs about 26 lbs, compared to the stock unit weighing 33. The review for the Driveshaft Shop aluminum one-piece driveshaft says it weighs 21lbs. I'm curious why a carbon fiber piece would weigh 5 lbs more than a comparable aluminum one and if this information is accurate. 1 answer
      Will this fit my GT350? 1 answer
      I have eibach sportline springs and sway bars on my 15 GT. The car is lowered 1.5 inches. Will this cause any problems trying to go with a one piece drive shaft? 1 answer
      I have put Ford Performance Street lowering springs on my car. Will I get a vibration with this driveshaft? If yes, what suspension parts are need to be replaced with adjustable ones to get rid of the vibration? 1 answer

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