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Video: How to Measure Driveline Operating Angles

 
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Proper driveline operating angles are critically important to prolonging the service life of your driveshaft, U-joints, bearings, and seals. That’s because the wrong driveline angles can cause excessive vibration, which eventually leads to noise, premature wear, and eventually component failure.

So, how do you ensure you’ve got the optimal driveline angle for your ride?

The driveline doctors over at Dana Spicer Drivetrain Products put together a good, in-depth video on how to check your angle and, more importantly, how to set it correctly.

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At over five minutes long, this video doesn’t skip on the details. Though it may look a bit dated, the content remains fully relevant and on-point.

There’s a section devoted entirely to performing the calculations you’ll need to work through, plus a diagram sequence on how to put all that data together.

If you’ve modified your chassis, swapped in a new transmission or rear end, or are starting a new project from scratch, this video is a must-watch.

The health of your driveshaft, U-joints, yokes, and bearings depend on it.

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5 Comments

  1. Jeff Hahne says:

    There is NOTHING in this video that tells you “how to fix” anything. Almost a total waste of my time….

  2. ok, now I am really confused!

  3. Zeppo Jaworski says:

    Jeff, If this was almost a total waste of time, to use your words, then you are either a direct descendant of Albert Einstein or you failed to geometry in school.

  4. James Gordon. (Jim) says:

    Good afternoon, I watched the video and it was on point. I have buiding classic cars for more than 45 years and have built grom the ground up and learned correct set up correct set up angles geometrically perfect
    At times it was time consuming but straight forward and simple. Do not underdtand this petsoms issued or troibles but that is HIS PROBLEM
    Simply put FOCUS, PAY CLOSE ATTENTION. It will work out. My name is Jim and I am now retired but am a Mech. Eng. With an A.C.C.A. Master millwright cert
    So I am ahead of the game exponentially

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