As we discussed, the driveshaft is a lot more than just some shaft that sits between the transmission and differential. It transfers a ton of power from the transmission to the differential. By design, these units are going to be spinning at incredibly rapid rates.
Well with anything that spins, balance becomes extremely important. During rotation, any uneven distribution of the weight will result in vibration. If a driveshaft isn’t properly balanced, this vibration can become not only unpleasant for the driver and passengers but also dangerous.
For one, the vibration can cause premature wear of moving parts on either end of the driveshaft itself. This isn’t fun for those who like to keep the moving parts clean but it can result in the connecting points of the driveshaft being destroyed and again we face the situation where the driveshaft turns into your car’s weapon of choice.
With that said, if you have a custom driveshaft being built it’s always best that the shaft is properly balanced. If you don’t have access to the machine equipment to do this job right we never recommend attempting to make up a custom driveshaft yourself. This requires an insane amount of precision, and you really can’t risk any kind of error.