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Old 02-14-2017, 01:46 PM   #1
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driveshaft V6 - 1997 convertible

hi guys, posting from Sydney, a question if I may:
I have a 97 convertible which is a V6 3.8L the center bearing on the driveshaft needs replacing, is this a serviceable item ? I have managed to source the bearing from Rockauto (National HB-41) but the mechanic can't work out how to fit it over the driveshaft without breaking the other part first, of which we don't have a spare, any ideas anyone, do you just replace the split driveshaft with a single one ? cheers and thanks.
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All 93-02 driveshafts are interchangeable. Ideally you'll get a one piece aluminum one from a Trans Am and lose the center support bearing completely.

They can be had for about US$100 on eBay.


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hi guys, posting from Sydney, a question if I may:
I have a 97 convertible which is a V6 3.8L the center bearing on the driveshaft needs replacing, is this a serviceable item ? I have managed to source the bearing from Rockauto (National HB-41) but the mechanic can't work out how to fit it over the driveshaft without breaking the other part first, of which we don't have a spare, any ideas anyone, do you just replace the split driveshaft with a single one ? cheers and thanks.
Just replace the 2 piece driveshaft with a 1 piece. It is a direct swap from any 4th Gen f-body that has the 1 piece................and a whole lot better setup.
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thanks guys will do some searching for a one piece, cheers,

ps it's a lot easier to source parts for my 1st gen than it is for the 4th gen
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hi guys, been doing some searching on ebay and found a driveshaft and confirmed with the seller that it would fit my 97 3.8L V6 convertible camaro, however, he responded with the following:

"GM used a 2 piece driveshaft on '93-'95 3.4 V6 and 95-early '00 3.8 V6 models. It was to cut down on the vibration that is common with the 60 degree V6 engine. But in mid '00, GM went to a 1 piece driveshaft and used about a 7 lb counter weight damper bolted to the back of the transmission.

So you can use a 1 piece driveshaft, but you may feel a little bit of vibration from the motor. But being how old the car is and rubber suspension/motor mounts being worn, you might not notice it at all."

so now my question is, have any of you had those vibration problems in going from a two piece to a one piece and where do you get this "7 lb counter weight damper"
cheers Geoff
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Forgot to mention that the center bearing appears to be a non serviceable item, it appears that there is an internal c-clip on the shaft holding the center bearing to the front section, the drive train specialist I took my car to tried for a few days to get it apart, so does anyone has any ideas on how to pull it apart, as I'm still pondering the one piece vs two piece options, thanks.
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A 7lb counter weight bolted to the back of the transmission?? That is the first time I have ever heard that... I can't say I've ever seen one, for that matter, but both of mine have been automatics and t-top, so I won't speak for manuals or convertibles.

I swapped from a 2-piece to a one piece steel in my 95 and never noticed a vibration issue. I swapped from a steel to aluminum in my 98 and haven't had an issue either. I have heard extra vibration only becomes noticeable at speeds over 90mph, but at that speed it could be about anything unless your shifter just wants to jump through the roof.

Worst case: you buy the driveshaft, install it, don't like it, then sell it online for what you paid for it. Either way, you really can't lose on the deal.


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thanks for that, got a new single piece drive shaft built here in Sydney, so far so good,time will tell, thanks for all your help, drove home and didn't notice any problems, yet !!
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