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Old 08-11-2009, 05:48 AM   #1
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Hi All!

I recently had a incident with my Baja 5B SS, flipping on the side, and landing in the grass-field.

One of the rear Drive Shft popped out (pg. 32 - step 61, part #86610).

It ripped thru the rubber piece and was disconnected from the wheel connection, not the differential.

I was able to disconnect the rear wheel assembly (axel) and pop-back-in the Drive Shft.

However, I definitely think it is bend, because when the wheels are driven, one side has a smooth rotation of the Drive Shft , whereas, the other, when rotates, it seems the Drive Shft is bend,

Now, the replacement will set me back as $40.00 or so, but do you think I should replace it right away, is it a high risk?


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Old 08-11-2009, 06:25 AM   #2
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You have several options one being the HPI HD DogBone as you have shown in your photo. Its the least expensive of the options. My preference is the darksoul meaty bones. They are more expensive but a more permanent answer.
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
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Thanks again, Eddy, but one more question ... how critical is this for repair / replacment? In the long term, if I continue without replacing the bended drive shaft, am I risking damage to the Drive Train & Transmission / Differential?

also, the darksoul V2 Meat Bones you recommended in the previous post, does it require the rubber driveshaft piece as well (the boots)? as listed below:


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Old 08-11-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
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Yep, boots are highly recommended.

You can bend your old dogbone back into shape if you do it carefully. It will be a good spare should you ever need one.

A bent dogbone will increase the wear on the drive cups but not significantly.

When you assembly the rear suspension, check the sideplay of the dogbones. If you have little camber on the rear, you might consider an oring in the drive cups to keep the shaft centered better. Choose an appropriate size o-ring that will not bind throughout the suspension travel but will limit the side-2-side play. The outside diameter of the o-ring should be pretty close the inside diameter of the drive cups [the size of the ball on the dogbones].

Learn to shop ebay if you are looking for discounts. Many hobby shops are parting 5B SS kits and the bones can be had for undeer $30/shipped.
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