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I have a 2000 ranger 2wd 2.5 leater engine.It has a counter weight that goes around the drive shaft from the upper u joint to the end of the trany where the slip yoke slides in, it broke off today and was free spinning around. it looks like it was attached to the drive shaft by rubber and did not attach to any thing else. what i need to know is what is it called so i can get a new one thanks Damon

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It is the drive shaft vibration damper, it is not a counter weight

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