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Bigger Dana 44 U-Joints

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Donovan, Feb 2, 2001.

  1. Donovan

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    With the current prices of dana 60's I don't think that I will be gettting one anytime soon. So has anybody tried to install larger u-joints in a dana 44 axle. There has been talk on another Board about larger u-joint. Does anybody know why the u-joints fail? I am told they fail because the needles fail and the joint cocks in the yoke and then they break. If you fix that you will not have many failures. Just something to think about.

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    <font color=blue>If you could fit larger u-joints, all that means is something more expensive/harder to fix parts such as the shafts and ring gear will now break. If I had the money (which I dont of course) I would put an ARB (only stressing the axle when its on), Warn alloy shafts and Warn fuse link hubs in my dana 44. The fuse link hubs are designed to break before anything and are cheap and easy to replace.</font color=blue>

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  3. Emmettology 101

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    Biggray summed it up pretty well, but I can think of one more reason for the joint breaking.

    With the C-clips, sometimes the do not seat the entire way in the groove. WHen this happens, the clip pops out during use and then the cap moves in the shaft. Once that happen the joint shifts and wears uneven and usually breaks pretty quickly after that..

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    Tack weld the cap to the axle as a precaution, then if clip comes off, it will stay in place.

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    That sounds like a plan, I will have to remember that..

    Thanks!

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    Well I have done it now. I got a u-joint that is .080 bigger into the yokes so know I just have to make a couple things and I will have a joint that is almost the size of a Dana 60. Just buy sum Chromoly axles and I think I am in business.

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