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Old October 9th, 2004, 03:14 PM   #1
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An engineer at www.acpt.com (they specialize in carbon fibre driveshafts) told me that the 2005 Mazda RX-8 (6-speed only) comes stock with a carbon fibre driveshaft, like the new Nissan 350Z. I contacted Mazda and they confirmed it was correct. The engineer also told me the Mitsubishi Montero also came with a carbon fibre driveshaft.
I asked him over the phone how much would it cost for them to make me a carbon driveshaft, he said from $800-1800, only rear wheel drive applications and some all wheel drive, though. I asked how much for a 1968 Pontiac Firebird (400ci) he said around $1200 and he also said that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Talons equiped with all wheel drive (93-96) were one of the most expensive to build a driveshaft for. So if you like this idea, and it's not bad since some cars come with them from the factory, then get hooked up with the people at acpt.com, they said for now you have to send them your original driveshaft so they can make a copy, but in a month they will be able to do it by dimensions alone. I hope someone found this informative.
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Hmm, carbon fiber driveshafts are really only nessisary in rear drive cars or high performance apps. Im not sure what gains would be achieved on our front wheel drive accords. But hey, once I have a chip and a supercharger, we may just be talking!!

But seeing how long unichip and comptech seem to be taking in development stages.....
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Hmm, carbon fiber driveshafts are really only nessisary in rear drive cars or high performance apps. Im not sure what gains would be achieved on our front wheel drive accords. But hey, once I have a chip and a supercharger, we may just be talking!!

But seeing how long unichip and comptech seem to be taking in development stages.....
I said they only manufacture carbon fibre driveshafts for rear wheel drive vehicles and some all wheel drive vehicles. They don't make them for front wheel drive vehicles, the engineer already pushed the idea and was rejected. He said there was an extra complication and that the gains would barely be noticable. The advantages of a carbon fibre driveshaft over a steel unit or aluminum one is that it's much lighter than steel lighter than aluminum, much stronger than aluminum, it also has a much higher coefficient of vibration dampaning, also its safer, if it ever broke off (they said the u-joints would fail before there shaft does) it would not spin out of control tearing up the underside of the car or hitting the ground and launching the car into the air, the carbon fibre driveshaft would disintigrate preventing this.
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having one of these would b pretty cooL
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What is the purpose or reason behind this post? Am I missing something?

Or is the purpose just " good to Know " info?
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yes.. just good to know info..
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so I'm confused a bit, if the benefits of a carbon fiber drive shaft are lighter weight, for rotational mass and all that, why wouldn't a FWD vehicle see those same benefits?

I can understand the complexity thing, but it seems like a lighter driveshaft is a lighter driveshaft, wherever you put it.
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Did you know the 05 RL has one too?
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