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My drive shaft is huge maybe 4 inches, then there is a short piece with about 1.5 inch diameter that actually connects it to the rear diff, is this normal? See pic.
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Yepper .... that's normal on the crewcab long bed pickups
 

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Are the short beds like that too?

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No sir .... You can get a one piece drive shaft replacements ... there are varying opinions on doing so
 

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My drive shaft is huge maybe 4 inches, then there is a short piece with about 1.5 inch diameter that actually connects it to the rear diff, is this normal? See pic.
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Yes that is normal and correct. That is a CV joint and not a U-joint. Xterra has the same thing.
That large diameter part is a hollow tube. The small diameter is solid steel. The hollow tube is better for carrying the power over distance. The small shaft is needed to mate with the CV joint so the axle can move and still receive power.
 

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That is a lot of rust for a 2016. Steel DS?? And I thought they did away with the CV joint silliness. Guess they still need it on the long rig for vibrations.
 
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