: Stock Drive Shaft rebuild kit in the works



killernoodle
05-08-13, 12:19 PM
I just got off the phone with Stan at Rockford Driveline and he and I have been in discussion about making a rebuild kit for the stock drive shaft. I have a torn CV boot, so my shaft is done unless I can get my hands on a rebuild kit. This is the email I sent him, it has all of the info about the CVs used:


The driveshaft for the 2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V is supposedly non-serviceable, but I was able to disassemble the shaft and now I'm trying to rebuild it. The shaft has 2 CV joints:

One is 100mm OD, is 6x86mm PCD bolt pattern with 10mm bolts, and has a 1" 32 spline shaft. I have a sneaking suspicion that this is the same high speed CV joint as the Pontiac Solstice listed in your catalog, as it shares the exact same differential with the CTS-V.

The other CV has the outer race welded onto the drive shaft and needs to have the metal part of the boot crimped on. The OD of that CV is 94mm, and the channel that the metal part of the boot crimps into starts about 8mm from the edge of the CV. It has the same 1" 32 spline shaft, but the inner star piece of the CV has a captive spring circlip. The small end of the CV boot needs to be about 1" diameter (caliper shows 27mm where the boot clamps).

The carrier bearing is probably vehicle specific, but if there are generic ones it looks like you can take the factory mount for the bearing apart and press a new one in. The rubber isolator's outside diameter is metal and round and is 96mm diameter and 20mm thick. The bearing itself is 30mm ID and 20mm thick.

So I would happily buy the tool to crimp the boot on and there would probably be quite a few people on the Cadillac forums that would want to refurbish their boots, joints, and carrier bearings too if we could put together a kit. We've been told that the shaft is not serviceable, and the dealership wants $1300 for a new one, and aftermarket options start at $900, so $900 for a torn CV boot is a little ridiculous. Please let me know if you can help us out!!


It turns out the solstice has a slightly smaller CV, so it is not the correct one. The bolt pattern and size are similar to the VW Type 2 CVs, so if there is a high speed CV made for those then it would fit.

Stan told me that in the next couple of months, I should check back because they are adding some more products to their line of high speed CVs and boots that might be able to solve our problem. If anyone has a lead on any supplier who makes high speed CV joints, please let me know!

FoD
05-08-13, 12:22 PM
I have a stocker sitting in my garage. It squeaks as it goes, but works just fine. If you're in need...

killernoodle
05-08-13, 12:48 PM
I have a stocker sitting in my garage. It squeaks as it goes, but works just fine. If you're in need...

I'm switching the T56 for the 6060 out of the new camaros, so I'll need to get a custom shaft made for that locally (the trans is an inch longer). Thanks for the offer though! I may need to borrow it in the future sometime though.

FoD
05-08-13, 02:14 PM
I may need to temporarily borrow some modified trailing arms in the future, and by temporarily borrow, I mean permanently. :halo:

thebigjimsho
05-08-13, 03:49 PM
I'm switching the T56 for the 6060 out of the new camaros, so I'll need to get a custom shaft made for that locally (the trans is an inch longer). Thanks for the offer though! I may need to borrow it in the future sometime though.

Why not out of the new Vs?

barrok69
05-08-13, 04:27 PM
That's nice 'n all but in my case the carrier bearing bushing/isolator is worn out and failing causing the driveshaft to buck up and down. Otherwise my CV's are fine and actual carrier bearing is nice and quiet. If this place is going to invest time into the project they should look into a serviceable type of carrier bearing assembly that eliminates the soft rubber bushing/isolator.

NCOGNITO
05-08-13, 09:51 PM
+1, I have a stocker with a good CV and torn boot that I've hung on to in the hopes of replacing the boot and having a spare or someone else being able to use it. I'd be interested in this becoming a reality.

killernoodle
05-13-13, 11:16 AM
That's nice 'n all but in my case the carrier bearing bushing/isolator is worn out and failing causing the driveshaft to buck up and down. Otherwise my CV's are fine and actual carrier bearing is nice and quiet. If this place is going to invest time into the project they should look into a serviceable type of carrier bearing assembly that eliminates the soft rubber bushing/isolator.

That's part of the deal, to find a more universal replacement for the stock bearing.


Why not out of the new Vs?

Because I bought a brand new one from a camaro for $1000 :)

thebigjimsho
05-13-13, 04:15 PM
Still, why refer to "out of the new Camaros" when they've been in the manual V2s for the last 5 model years?

DMM
05-13-13, 09:21 PM
I'm switching the T56 for the 6060 out of the new camaros, so I'll need to get a custom shaft made for that locally (the trans is an inch longer). Thanks for the offer though! I may need to borrow it in the future sometime though.

I've been wanting to do the same but cannot find one of the damn things. Can you post some pics? Only problem I thought there would be is with the one piece bellhousing. Thanks!