Was driving the Summit around the yard and doing some sweet backflips off of the small bmx ramp(about a foot tall)...when all of a sudden the back tires quit pulling. Turns out that the front u-joint on the back driveshaft just popped apart. Doesn't look like it hurt anything and once I got it out(9 screws and the u-joint pin) it was pretty easy to pop back together.I put it all back together and hit the yard again.
After about 10 minutes and quite a few more backflips off the ramp(it's actually pretty easy once you get the hang of throttle control,lol)...now the front tires quit pulling.(I'm thinking...no problem...same issue).
Turns out I wasn't so lucky this time.
Motor side front driveshaft u-joint twisted both ears off.
This one was a little more difficult to get out.
Had to remove everything I took off before...plus the front skidplate.Then had to pull the pins on the lower arms,and disconnect the steering arm from the servo.
It was still snug getting it out.
I'm pretty sure instead of a factory replacement...I want to upgrade both driveshafts and the u-joints.
Does anyone make aluminum replacements(or something stronger than stock)?
Or is my only choice for an upgrade switching to the merv shafts?