Rear Driveshaft Parts for 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 4x4s
We stock a full line of rear driveshaft parts for 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 4x2 and 4x4 trucks. Except for the lightest duty Ram 2500 models, the Single Cardan rear driveshafts used in these year Dodge trucks all have large, external snap ring type Spicer 1410 series universal joints. The real light duty Ram 2500 trucks with Chyrsler 9-1/4" semi-float rear axles, use driveshafts with Detroit Universal internal c-clip, 7290 series u-joints.
Browse through this web page for the world's most complete selection of original equipment quality driveshaft parts needed to restore your 1994-2002 Dodge Ram Rear Driveshaft to like-new performance.
For a given year/wheel base/engine/transmission/transfer case/rear axle combination, complete shaft assemblies will be interchangeable. Since there are so many possible wheel base and powertrain combinations, it is usually quite difficult to find a good used driveshaft that exactly matches yours. For that reason, we stock the individual components that are currently available including weld yokes and tubing so you can repair a damaged shaft and keep your Dodge on the road.
The most common Dodge Ram rear driveshaft problem is vibration or clunking from worn out u-joints. If your truck is lifted, you may have vibration problems due to the increased driveshaft angles. For trucks with 2 piece rear driveshafts, you may need to lower the center bearing to equalize the u-joint angles.
For 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks with Dana full float rear axles (this will include all Cummins Diesel and V10 trucks and all but the lightest duty Ram 2500 models with smaller gas engines), Dodge standardized on a an 4-3/16" wide external snap ring u-joint with 1-3/16" diameter cups. For normal service parts, all you really need to know is if your driveline is a single shaft part with 2 universal joints or 2 shaft assembly with 3 universal joints and a Center Bearing
Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note: The descriptive term "Cardan" refers to a conventional cross type universal joint. A Single-Cardan joint has one universal joint for each yoke. For more information on this subject, see TSB3500 Universal Joint History, Types, General Service Methods, and Inspection; or TM3000 Driveshaft Service Manual
1994-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks with Dana full float rear axles* and 2 piece rear driveshafts have a slip joint protected by a rubber boot just aft of the Center Bearing. A boot protected driveshaft slip joint will usually outlast the truck as as long as the boot is intact and there is some grease on the splines. If your Boot is damaged, REPLACE IT! If your Boot is OK, but you are doing other driveshaft service, always clean and grease the splines AND replace the clamps!
*Except for a few very light duty Ram 2500 trucks with small gas engines and Chyrsler 9.25" semi-float rear axles, all 1994-2002 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 models have Dana full float rear axles.
QU40084 Boot Clamp For the large (Slip Yoke) end of slip yoke boots used on 1994-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 rear driveshafts
QU40128 Rear Driveshaft Boot Kit
For 1994-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks. Includes Slip Yoke Boot and one each QU40084
Clamps. Boot Made in U.S.A. or Brazil. Clamps Made in Canada
QU40133 Boot Clamp For the small (Slip Stub) end of slip yoke boots used on Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 rear driveshafts from 1994 to 2002
The maximum length a steel tube driveshaft can run without support is about 5'. For most 4x2 and longer wheel base 4x4 trucks, this means a two part rear driveshaft (Propeller Shaft) with a pressed on Center Bearing (also known as Midship Support Bearing or Carrier Bearing) must be used. All 1994-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks with Dana rear axles, used large bore Center Bearings with threaded nuts built into the bearing frame. Our QK3064 Kit fits both early standard thread and late production metric thread Center Bearings on all 1994-2002 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 models with Dana rear axles.
QK3064 Center Bearing Kit
For 1994-2002 Dodge Cummins Diesel or Heavy-Duty Gas Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 series 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks include genuine original equipment Center Bearing, Slinger, Retainer, 2 QU10912
Special Bolts with attached flat washer, 1 each QU40084
Driveshaft Boot Clamps, and S9978
Medium Strength Threadlocker. Fits both 4x4 and 4x2 trucks
An awful lot of driveshaft parts are wrecked by the slam-bang methods of universal joint replacement used by most people doing driveshaft service. Your rear driveshaft components are machined to incredibly precise specifications and can be easily damaged by either poor service procedures or makeshift tools (or both). Our Driveshaft Manuals guide you through the various driveshaft service jobs using clear color photographs and detailed text.
TM3316 External Snap Ring Single Cardan U-Joint and Driveshaft Service Manual Uses over 80 color photographs to show you how to replace the universal joints and center bearing plus service the slip yoke on your 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram rear driveshaft
TM3000 Driveshaft Service Manual Order print or download versions of the complete manual or download individual chapters that cover all aspects of 4x4 and light truck driveshaft service
QU90018 Pyroplex® Protection ES Synthetic Grease Provides extended service protection under the harshest on and off road conditions! This new NLGI #2 GC-LB grease is Hydro-Activated™ to become tackier when exposed to moisture. Offers superior corrosion and wear protection in a variety of environments. Provides excellent low and high temperature performance. Use to lubricate the Slip Yoke prior to assembly and for your greaseable universal joints
S9978 Blue 242 Threadlocker Is used on the bolt treads that attach your driveshaft to the rear axle and for the Center Bearing bolts
QU11071 7290 Series Pinion Yoke for Chyrsler 9.25" Rear Axles Is a 29 spline replacement yoke for 1994-1997 light 3/4 ton Dodge trucks that have 1.125" cup diameter u-joints with inside c-clip retention and pinion yokes with inside spans of 2-5/8"
Torque King® Rear Drive Shaft Universal Joint Kits
for 1994-2002 Dodge Cummins Diesel or V10 Trucks (either automatic or manual transmission). Each kit includes 2 or 3 Torque King® TK40705
Cold-Forged, Alloy Steel, Non-Greaseable Universal Joints, and 1 QU40709
Strap and Bolt Set, plus, you can order your Kit with or without optional 20 page TM3316
External Snap Ring Single Cardan U-Joint & Driveshaft Service Manual with over 80 color photographs including Color Exploded Views! TK3033 3 Joint also includes QU40084
Boot Clamps plus S9978
Medium Strength Threadlocker for the Center Bearing Bolts. Torque King®
Non-Greaseable Universal Joints with their factory synthetic lubricant and superior seals trap air under pressure during assembly which helps keep contaminants out, plus the rugged Torque King®
Cold-Forged Design makes these Kits the preferred choice for Cummins Diesel and V10 Trucks. Made in U.S.A. except Boot Clamps Made in Canada
TK3002 Kit with 2 U-Joints for Shorter Wheel Base Ram 2500, Ram 3500 with Single Shaft Drivelines
TK3033 Kit with 3 U-Joints for Longer Wheel Base Ram 2500, Ram 3500 with 2 Shaft Drivelines
Standard-Duty Rear Drive Shaft Universal Joint Kits
for your gas V-8 powered Dodge truck with a Dana rear axle. Each Kit includes 2 or 3 Universal Joints, and one QU40709
Strap/Bolt Set. QK3032 also includes 1 QU40084
Driveshaft Boot Clamp and S9978
Medium Strength Threadlocker for the Center Bearing bolts. Plus, you can order your QK3001 or QK3032 Kit with or without optional 20 page TM3316
External Snap Ring Single Cardan U-Joint & Driveshaft Service Manual with over 80 color photographs including Color Exploded Views. Made in U.S.A. Tech Note: If you have a truck with the Gas V-10 or Cummins Diesel, we STRONGLY recommend you choose our Torque King® Cold Forged U-Joint Kits for maximum life
QK3001 Kit with 2 U-Joints for Shorter Wheel Base Ram 2500, Ram 3500 with Single Shaft Drivelines
QK3032 Kit with 3 U-Joints for Longer Wheel Base Ram 2500, Ram 3500 with 2 Shaft Drivelines
For the 1994 to 2002 model years, only Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks with center bearing supported 2 part rear driveshafts will use a Slip Stub. These Midship Splined Slip Stubs are used with QU40128
Boot Kit, QK3064
Center Bearing, and QU40844
Slip Yoke. 3", 3.5", and 4" diameter rear driveshafts were used depending upon the year, truck model, engine, and transmission. The Slip Stub for the 4" diameter shafts is no longer available
QU40857 3" Midship Splined Slip Stub
For trucks with 3" outside diameter, 2 piece driveshafts. QU40857 is made to accept QK3064
All 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks had slip yoke type rear output 4x2 transmissions and 4x4 transfer cases. Longer wheel base trucks will also have QU40844
Midship Slip Yoke just aft of the QK3064
QU40498 Slip Yoke Assembly Without Dampener for 1994-1997 NP241DLD Transfer Cases and 1994 to 1996 NP241DHD Transfer Cases with 32 spline output shafts
QU40472 Slip Yoke Without Dampener for 1994-1997 NP241DLD Transfer Cases and 1994 to 1996 NP241DHD Transfer Cases with 32 spline output shafts.
QU40700 Slip Yoke without Dampener For 1996-1997 NP241DHD Transfer Cases with 31 Spline Rear Output Shafts and 1994-1997 NV4500HD 4x2 5 speed manual transmissions
QU40499 Slip Yoke Assembly with Dampener For 1996-1997 NP241DHD Transfer Cases with 31 Spline Rear Output Shafts and 1994-1997 NV4500HD 4x2 5 speed manual transmissions
QU40813 Rear Output Yoke For all 1998 to 2002 NP241DLD Transfer Cases
QU40354 Rear Output Slip Yoke Fits all 1998-2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 4x4 trucks with NP241DHD transfer cases plus all 1998-2002 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 4x2 models with NV4500HD 5 speed and NV5600 6 speed manual transmissions
QU40844 Midship Slip Yoke
For Long Wheel Base Dodge Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 with Center Bearing supported 2 shaft rear drivelines. Genuine original equipment replacement part for 1994 to 2002 Ram 2500/3500 trucks with Dana rear axles. Use with QU40128
QU50842 36 Spline, 7.44" Long 1415 Series Miship Slip Yoke For Dodge Ram trucks with 2 piece rear driveshafts
Driveshaft attachment hardware is one of the most overlooked components requiring frequent replacement. Dodge used bolts with factory pre-applied Threadlocker on the bolt threads. While you can reuse these bolts if you use liquid Threadlocker, you can not compensate for either head wear or bolt fatigue. Replacing your driveshaft attachment hardware when performing other driveshaft service is good preventative maintenance
QU40709 U-Joint Strap and Bolt Kit For all 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 models with Dana rear axles and all 1994-2002 Ram 3500 trucks. Use to secure your rear most universal joint to the rear axle pinion yoke
QU10912 Metric Center Bearing Mounting Bolt Two of these special hardened Bolts with integral washer are used to attach later production original equipment Center Bearings with metric thread mounting nuts to the Center Bearing Mounting Bracket. Some trucks will also use 4 more of these the secure the Center Bearing Mounting Bracket to the frame cross rail
QU10806 Grade 8 Bolt with Attached Washer Two of these special hardened Bolts are used to attach early original equipment Center Bearings with standard thread mounting nuts to the Center Bearing Mounting Bracket.
Most driveshaft and universal joint service is done using makeshift tools and hammer on the parts until something gives service methods. Driveshaft parts and universal joints are incredibly precise components that can be easily damaged by such slam-bang work. There is a better way to perform driveshaft service using application specific press tooling and approved service procedures. Yeah, I know the Manuals and Tools are expensive, but not when you consider the expensive and dangerous mess you will be in if a poorly installed u-joint blows out as you tool down the Interstate at 75 mph! I have witnessed several driveshaft failures in vehicles driving ahead of me during my travels and I can tell you a 5' long rear driveshaft can do a heck of a lot of damage as it whips around!
QT1065 Series Long Throat C-Frame Ball Joint Presses Are designed to accept a variety of interchangeable tooling for performing Ball Joint and Universal Joint service on your 4x4. A heavy-duty tool that will get the job done when used with the appropriate tooling for your big Dodge Ram.
QT4008 Medium Size U-Joint Separator Yoke
Is used with a QT1065
series C-frame Press and QT4016
Press Anvil to easily remove the 3 universal joints on 1994 to 2002 Dodge Ram rear driveshafts and Double-Cardan Constant Velocity front driveshafts. By placing the press force against the u-joint cross, the amount of pressure needed to break a cup free is halved and the chances of damaging the yokes is greatly reduced. Works on rusted in or tight fitting u-joints
QT4010 1" Press Tip
Is used with a QT1065
series C-frame Press and QT4016
Press Anvil to easily install universal joints with 1-1/16" to 1-3/16" diameter cups on most common light truck driveshafts and 4x4 front axle shafts
QT4016 1-1/16" to 1-3/16" Capacity U-Joint Press Anvils
Used with a QT1065
series C-frame Press and either QT4008
Medium U-Joint Separator Yoke or QT4010
1" Press Tip to easily remove and install all three universal joints from any stock type 1994-2002 Dodge Ram rear driveshaft
Dodge used 3", 3.5", and 4" outside diameter alloy driveshaft tubing with welded seams for 1994 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 rear driveshafts depending upon the year, engine, transmission, and wheelbase. Driveshaft tubing is typically more concentric, straighter, and has a higher Rockwell hardness rating when compared to general purpose tubing. A driveshaft needs to be retubed any time the tube is bent, dinged, or creased. Retubing a driveshaft is best done by a qualified driveline shop that can balance the finished assembly, however any competent machinist with a long bed lathe can successfully retube a driveshaft. See TM3000 Driveshaft Manual or TSB3510
Driveshaft Publications for driveshaft assembly runout specifications
We stock and sell by the inch, all 3 sizes of steel rear Driveshaft Tubing used by Dodge for the 1994 to 2002 model years in Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks We stock and sell by the inch, all 3 sizes of steel rear Driveshaft Tubing used by Dodge for the 1994 to 2002 model years in Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 trucks
Tube Yokes typically get damaged when a worn u-joint lets go under load or from getting tweaked using excessive force when replacing universal joints. Replacing Tube Yokes is best done by a qualified driveline shop that can balance the finished assembly, however any competent machinist with a long bed lathe can successfully replace tube yokes. Dodge used 3", 3.5", and 4" outside diameter driveshaft tubing for 1994-2002 Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 rear driveshafts depending upon the year, engine, transmission, and wheelbase. Verify your tube diameter before ordering! See TM3000 Driveshaft Manual or TSB3510
manuals for driveshaft assembly runout specifications
QU40866 Tube Weld Yoke for 3" Diameter Driveshafts Replaces broken or bent original equipment tube yokes
QU40865 Tube Weld Yoke for 3.5" Diameter Driveshafts Replaces broken or bent original equipment tube yokes
QU40856 Tube Weld Yoke for 4" Diameter Driveshafts Replaces broken or bent original equipment tube yokes
All Ram 3500 trucks and most Ram 2500 models were equipped with Dana Spicer full-float rear axles that have pinion yokes made for 4-3/16' wide external snap ring type universal joints with 1-3/16" diameter cups. A few light duty Ram 2500 trucks with small gas engines are out there equipped with Chyrsler 9.25" semi-float rear axles. These lighter duty models have pinion yokes that take Detroit Universal 7290 series internal c-clip universal joints. We offer both sizes of u-joints in our premium, Torque King® line with a cold-forged cross
TK40705 Torque King ®, Cold-Forged, Alloy Steel, Non-Greaseable Factory Synthetic-Lubed U-Joints with External Snap Rings for the 1994-2002 Rear Driveshafts in Heavy-Duty Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 Trucks all of which will have Dana rear axles with either gas or Cummins Diesel engines
TK40722 Torque King®, Cold-Forged, Alloy Steel, Non-Greaseable Factory Synthetic-Lubed Rear Driveshaft Universal Joint with Internal C-Clips For 1994-1999 Dodge Gas engine light duty Ram 2500 with Chyrsler 9.25" Rear Axles (2-5/8" between yoke ears)
QU40775 Heavy-Duty Hot-Forged, Alloy Steel, Greaseable Rear Driveshaft U-Joints For 1994-1999 Dodge gas engine, light duty Ram 2500 with Chyrsler 9.25" Rear Axles (2-5/8" between yoke ears)
QU40789 Hot-Forged, Standard Duty, Alloy Steel, Greaseable U-Joints for 1994-2002 Gas V-8 powered Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 with Dana rear axles and External Snap Ring Rear Driveshafts. Dan the Gear Man® Tech Note: Although inexpensive, Hot-Forged U-Joints are Not Recommended for Diesel or V-10 Rear Driveshaft Applications, use TK40705 for Cummins Diesel and V-10 models.