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Hi All,

My 2009 Commander (3.7liter) just started giving a pretty aggressive vibration while driving. I assumed it was related to my rear parking brake job, so I redid the shoes and it went away for a day, but it's back.

I have the CV/CV or Rezeppa to Rezeppa driveshaft/propshaft up front and yes the rear CV boot is chewed up and open, but I have never had issue with it vibrating. The shaft itself seems to be solid and doesnt move at all when Im under there, but the boot leads me to believe it's probably toast.

Now, I thought about pulling it off, rebuilding the CV joint and hoping for the best, but I just can't help but wonder if there is another bolt on replacement with ujoints. I swapped my old WJ to a double-cardon setup, and hoping that I could do the same for this one.

As I said, I have a 2009 Xk with a 52853432AA drive shaft, would a driveshaft from a 2006 WK (52105728AE) be an option as a bolt on? Or, does this require changing the yoke at the transfer case?

I'm really at a loss if this is even the issue, I'm likely going to spend $100 on an ebay driveshaft just to see if that solves my vibration problems.

For example, this is what I have and would likely get as a direct replacement... Part # 52853432AA 07-10 Jeep Commander front Driveshaft Mine has the "yellow tag".

However, there are the part # 52105758AE "green tag" 05-10 Jeep Cherokee front driveshaft seem like it could be a bolt on swap.

They're both for a quadra-trac 1 full-time 4wd system (NV140), so I'm wondering if anyone has tried to use one or if I need a different yoke? Thoughts? Help?
 

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Now, I thought about pulling it off, rebuilding the CV joint and hoping for the best, but I just can't help but wonder if there is another bolt on replacement with ujoints. I swapped my old WJ to a double-cardon setup, and hoping that I could do the same for this one.
Tom Woods makes a double cardan drive shaft for the Commander--->Tom Woods

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Don't know if you solved this or not but I went through this with a Ram. Throwing parts at it could get costly . Put it solidly on 4 jack stands and have somebody put it in gear and gas it lightly while you watch. The shaft will wobble if it is damaged. You could also completely remove it and eliminate it as the problem. A tire out of balance can cause bad vibration. A buddy lost a weight from a bad balancing and the vibration was brutal.
 

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Don't know if you solved this or not but I went through this with a Ram. Throwing parts at it could get costly . Put it solidly on 4 jack stands and have somebody put it in gear and gas it lightly while you watch. The shaft will wobble if it is damaged. You could also completely remove it and eliminate it as the problem. A tire out of balance can cause bad vibration. A buddy lost a weight from a bad balancing and the vibration was brutal.
Appreciate the advice. I actually discovered the parking brake cable had a gash in it and was hangin up on the gash. I went through it and lubed the cable and where the gash is and while I need to replace it, I have just stopped using it and the problem has gone away.

As for the driveshaft though, the CV joint is done, it's starting a small hum and I know I need to replace it. And, unfortunately with these AWD transfer cases you cannot remove the front driveshaft and drive the car (at least that is my understanding from multiple sources), the tcase will just not go anywhere, or it acts as neutral, I cant remember. Either it doesnt allow for much trouble shooting.
 

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i have the tom woods and recommend it. check your mounting bolts and use loctite or else they will come loose and cause vibration -- i recently checked mine after having slight frontend vibration during hard accel...mine were lose -- doh!

if you have the nv245 tcase with 4lo, you can remove either front or rear shaft, put in 4lo and drive around up to 45mph or so and diagnose some issues.

i recently did this for a couple of miles to rule out rear drive shaft ujoints and pinpoint rear axle bearing issues. low risk as the other axle will not bind anything while the tcase is locked.
 
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