[torsen] Driveshaft angularity info needed...

Dupree, Jim dupree at alldata.com
Thu Nov 1 12:00:35 EST 2001

I don't have any hard facts or numbers to quote but I would not expect that
much angle change to shorten the CV joint lifespan significantly. I have
seen several cars over the years that in stock form have CV angles similar
to what you are suggesting (at least my mental picture of the angles you
On another note we have (or had) a local AC shop that you could order almost
any size and/or shape of AC condenser. They installed/serviced aftermarket
AC systems for dealerships and the general public and had replacement parts
for most anything. They would fabricate custom hoses for us and weld on the
original metric/OE fittings if needed. Might be some place similar near you?
I do like your idea of moving the engine back and down, at least from the
weight distribution point if view.

Good Luck
Jim Dupree
Sacramento CA

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Jeffrey Goggin [mailto:audidudi at mindspring.com] 
Sent:	Wednesday, October 31, 2001 9:39 AM
To:	torsen at audifans.com
Subject:	[torsen] Driveshaft angularity info needed...

I've been trying to determine how much lifespan/torque capacity is
sacrificed by running a CV joint at an angle instead of straight but thus
far, my research has come up empty.  Does anybody know the answer or able
to tell me where I can find it?

The reason I ask is that I've decided life will be much easier if I can
move the engine/transmision combo on my V8/UrQ project backwards by 2-3" as
this will open up the same amount of space on the front of the engine and
let me install a factory a/c condensor instead of fabricating one (read:
having one <ka-ching> fabricated) to run behind the valance.  I think it
will also improve the car's weight distribution and make servicing the car
in the future a little bit easier.

Yes, I'll have to fabricate new tranny mounts, shorten the driveshaft and
shift linkage, etc. but all of this is pretty straightforward stuff that I
can handle myself whereas fabricating a two-piece a/c condensor and
associated hoses, etc. is something I can't handle at the moment.  The
transmission tunnel appears to be large enough that there shouldn't be any
interference problems there (especially as I'll probably end up lowering
the trans/engine slightly in the process) and there will still be plenty of
room -- well, enough room -- between the engine and firewall to work on the
steering should that ever be necessary.

Anyway, if anybody has any hard data about driveshaft angularity and its
effect on CV joints, I'd appreciate a pointer.


Jeff Goggin
Scottsdale, AZ
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