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I've gotten no less than a $400 quote for rebuilding my front driveshaft here in Dallas. I'm cited how "labor-intensive" a rebuild for a LR Disco is. With the addition of parts and this is easily near a $500 project.

Question: Wouldn't it just be more cost-effective to purchase a replacement driveshaft from Atlantic British *or* British Parts of Utah for ~$350 and just have my trusted mechanic swap it out (along with some other services he will be providing)? Seems to be substantially less labor-intensive.


Here are the two replacement driveshafts I'm looking at:

Drive Shaft Front - Land Rover drive shafts from Atlantic British

Land Rover Discovery 2 II Heavy Duty Front Driveshaft Drive Shaft Propeller TVB000110 TVB000320

I'm really baffled by this. It's clear to me that possibly replacing the driveshaft would be more cost-effective than rebuilding it, which is quite the contrary of my initial thoughts.

Rebuild or Replace? Thoughts?
 

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Yes.
Go to British Parts of Utah or Great Basins Rover in Salt Lake City for the 2 best new drive shafts.
 

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The guy doing your rebuild is charging you a small fortune. Parts (3 u-joints and the CV) can be had from US manufacturers for less than $75. It's about an hours labor to do the actual rebuild. So you should only be paying about $175 for the entire job.

I even have a driveshaft that was rebuilt with serviceable u-joints and a replacement CV. The part came off a truck I parted last month. I can't tell you exactly when the rebuild was done but the fact that the truck only had 103K on it to begin with means the rebuild can't be that old. You can have it for $150 including shipping if you want to save some money. It's ready for installation.
 

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They are BS'ing you because it's a Land Rover. Or because they rarely rebuild a double cardan. A Land Rover double cardan propshaft is no different from any other DC propshaft in basic design.
Did you get a quote from an actual driveline shop, or just some mechanic or transmission shop? It sounds like the latter.

If you were local I'd do it for $100 + parts.
 

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Tom,

Does that offer stand for D1's as well?

I'm local =)

Thanks,

Rob
 

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