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 Posted: 02-18-2007 02:42 pm
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Judson Manning

Joined: 03-14-2005
Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Posts: 406
Again Ron, I'd like to convey my most sincere condolences.  I've been there with my JH in Solo I, and the fact is we're forced to do all the missionary work the 240Z and Miata guys don't have to do.

Had it been just one of the u-joints snapping, the 'anti-pole-vault' plate probably would have been enough.  The shaft itself failing points to one end locking, and knowing the 5sp can be fragile, my money is on a transmission failure.

Of course the irony here is the one-piece drive-shaft you have is supposed to be more reliable than the original two-piece shaft.  Even if your shaft was 'custom' to fit the early 'small' 4sp differential flange (late 4sp have the 'bigger' 5sp flange), I would think the failure would have been at the flange or the u-joint.

There was no way you could have seen this coming, but the most important thing is you are OK!