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MSA Aluminum Driveshaft, 79-83 280ZX Coupe Non Turbo

MSA Aluminum Driveshaft, 79-83 280ZX Coupe Non Turbo
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Part #:22-1036
Price: $589.87
  • (1) Aluminum Driveshaft Assembly
  • (2) Replaceable U-Joint (Installed)

MSA Performance Aluminum Driveshafts are designed to fit in both stock and performance applications. We start with an Alcoa 6060-T6 seamless aluminum tube for maximum strength. The yoke and differential flange are forged aluminum and steel. In addition, we have replaced the original U-Joints with oversized Spicer U-Joints to remove one of the critical driveline weak points. The end result is a piece that is designed to hold up against almost any power or RPM your Z engine can produce!

The driveshaft is one of the critical links in your powertrain that transfers the power made by your engine to the wheels. Factory driveshafts are essentially hollow steel tubes with flex joints (U-joints) at each end. While acceptable for most street driven cars, this design begins to have problems at high horsepower and RPM. Even a perfectly balanced steel driveshaft can start to flex, vibrate, and wobble with enough power applied. While a steel shaft is strong, the shaft has to be made with thin walls to keep weight (rotational mass) down. In performance applications, where horsepower and prolonged high engine RPM are normal, this thin walled design simply doesn't hold up.

This is where aluminum comes into play. Since aluminum is so much lighter than steel, more of it can be used while keeping weight down to build a stronger driveshaft that is less susceptible to the issues that steel has. On the other hand, more of it must be used in order to surpass the strength of steel. This results in an overall larger piece in terms of diameter, yet comparable in weight. In addition to a larger tube with thicker walls, we use oversized U-joints to eliminate one of the weakest points in the Z driveline. This does require both a larger yoke and differential flange. The end result of these improvements is a significantly stronger driveshaft that is less susceptible to rotational issues. As a bonus, we normally see a slight overall weight reduction (typically under half a pound) despite the overall size increase.

Image Note:
The images above show an S30 driveshaft. Click the image below for comparison photos between a stock S30 replacement steel driveshaft and our aluminum piece. Note that these pictures are for reference only as the driveshafts used are not for the exact same year.

Model Guide:
Datsun 280ZX

Code Guide:
Datsun S130

Year Guide:
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

Some parts may not fit every version of every year listed. See product Title & Description for any application breakdowns or customization options, and contact us with any questions.

  • 1979 Datsun 280ZX
  • 1980 Datsun 280ZX
  • 1981 Datsun 280ZX
  • 1982 Datsun 280ZX
  • 1983 Datsun 280ZX
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