While I was up under our '05 ranger 500 4x4 yesterday, I noticed the drive shaft laying on (or very close) to the frame about mid span. I've never noticed any noise from it, and the shaft doesn't seem to look worn at that spot, but there's no way this can be right. I've had the ranger's front end up on jacks for a week or so, but sat it down a couple of days ago when I finished the front end work. Started it but haven't moved it, so maybe it will lift up after driving it, but I don't know yet. Haven't tried to lift or jiggle it yet, just saw that it seemed to be laying on the frame. I'm really surprised these don't have a carrier bearing at that point, or is it suppose to 'float' over that cross brace? I noticed that the rear u joint was not completely in line, with sort of a sag at that point, but maybe that's normal for these machines. What's everybody say about this being so close to the frame. Haven't checked close enough to see if that's dirt on the frame or if the shaft is actually wearing a spot in it. (was already dark out when it took the pics, and I was too tired to do much more checking at the time.) Thanks for any opinions on this.