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I need a rear drive shaft, the entire thing is 2 pieces, but I need the solid piece after the carrier bearing, but everyplace I find asks for a tag number, or they don't have it. Is there anywhere where I can find out if I have a borg warner tranny or new process. Thanks.

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Not sure why you need a entire drive shaft is it bent or something
all the U joints are rebuildable and replaceable (althought the pins are tough to get out )
napa's got them I break a few here and there on rocks when I don't see em down in the mud

I would guess the "tag # " everyone is refering to is the tin tag attached at the factory (build #)
and on a 85 thats gonna be a toughey to find
also there are companys that will make you a drive shaft any type/length balanced
out there on the internet it's usually best to send em your old one
they make you one (without the bend) and mail it back
the last one I had made for my mudder truck a company in jacksonville Fl
did it for me i sent em my original and said I need it 2 inches longer (lift)
and thats what I got back only cost me about 240 bucks too
that was back in 99 though

if it's only a center support bearing thats bad
it's a 1.578 in dia timken
and can be ordered at most napa or autozone stores
for about 20 bucks
torch the old one off don't fool around trying to be gentle with it

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