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I have a AX15 231 combo with 5.5 inches of lift and I was wondering what drive shaft I need to use for the rear. I have heard that I can use a front one from a gc. Is that right?
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Really depends. I had to have a V8 ZJ front shaft lengthened and balanced when I did my SYE for my factory AX15, and that's only with a RE 3.5" leaf pack.

IIRC, the V8 ZJ shafts of certain years are the longest OEM shaft that will work, but it still may be too short.
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At 5.5", its time for a SYE kit. Dont try to cheap out and run a factory shaft. Get the shaft and SYE from Adams Driveshaft shop and call it a day.
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I already have a SYE the problem is I did listen and I bought another jeep that had parts that I needed. it was a two door so the drive shaft that was on it is too short and it will cost me 300 to have it lenghthened and put new splines on it since they worn out.
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Front Drive Shaft Lengths

Model/Year/Engine/Trans/Collapsed Length/Part #

XJ 87/88 2.5 Automatic 27.950 53003912
XJ 89/93 2.5 Automatic 27.970 53005540
XJ 89/01 2.5 Manual 25.310 53005541
XJ 89/01 4.0 Automatic 30.660 53005542
XJ 89/01 4.0 Manual 29.250 53005543
XJ 89/00 4.0 Manual 27.080 Export 53005544
XJ 89/00 4.0 Automatic 28.620 Export 53005545
XJ 87/88 4.0 Automatic Export 53005260 *
XJ 95/01 Diesel 27.640 Export 52098208

ZJ 1993 4.0 Automatic 30.530 52098341
ZJ 93/95 5.2 Automatic 32.870 w/o CV 53008427
ZJ 94/95 5.2 A500 30.625 w/o CV 52087805
ZJ 94/95 4.0 A500 w/o CV 52098790
ZJ 93/96 4.0 Manual 52098344
ZJ 93/96 4.0, 5.2 31.875 w/ 231, 242 52087805
ZJ 93/95 4.0 Manual 30.000 w/231 52088090
ZJ 93/96 5.2 33.000 w/ 231 53008427
ZJ 96/98 5.2, 5.9 31.250 w/ 249 & Model 30 52098379
ZJ 1996 5.2 Automatic 32.875 w/ 249 & Model 30 52098501
ZJ 96/98 4.0 33.000 w/ 242 52098707
ZJ 96/97 4.0 Automatic 31.250 52098850
ZJ 1996 5.2 Automatic 30.750 w/ 249 & Model 30 52099246
ZJ 96/98 4.0 33.500 w/ 249 52099260

source https://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1118885

Most ZJ shafts should work, I run a stock front ZJ shaft with an AA SYE, 5 speed and idk, maybe 5" lift in the rear. I don't remember exactly what ZJ it was ( i want to say 4.0 242 auto, this was about 1.5 yrs ago so I forget)

In all honesty it's a little shorter than I would prefer, but works fine, never had issues.

Also consider your differential, IIRC the 35 has a shorter pinion than the 8.25, meaning you might need more shaft depending on what you have ( I have 8.25)
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