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Brute Force U-joints?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by toy4x4runner, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. toy4x4runner

    toy4x4runner 1/2 ton status

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    for the D44 axle U joints who makes the best Ujoint? What do you guys think about Brute Force joints?
     
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    I'm running the Spicer 5-760X u-joints. They seem to be holding up well so far.
     
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    spicer "life series" are the best bang for the buck by far. of course ctms are the best but without chrom axles do you no good. id run the life series
     
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    I've got a set in my D44 right now. They've been in there since Dec. '03. They've survived at least 10 wheeling trips so far. I do plan on changing them out this spring since they have seen a lot of mud since I've been here in Nebraska. They are still very tight and have no play whatsoever.

    I haven't decided yet if I'll go with them again or get Spicers though. :D

    Rick
     
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    Since this thread also has to do with u-joints, I might as well ask the question for a second time, How do you install new u-joints?
     
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    Brute force ujoints are the 2nd best stock replacement ujoints available. The only thing better are the Spicers 5-760x's like mentioned above. I have had a Brute Force ujoint in my 10 bolts longside axleshaft for 2 year with some pretty heavy wheeling with no problems. Longside ujoints live an easier life then shortside ujoints do though.

    Harley
     
  7. toy4x4runner

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    well I can get BF's axle joints for like $15 and get a employee discount on top of that. Napa carries some joints ranging from like $17-$32. but From what ya'll are saying about the BF's... probly just as good to get the BF's on discount at my work or just get the Spicers.
     
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    Spicers are usually about $25-30 at Napa and are not usually in stock. If I need a ujoint ASAP I would get a BF. If I have the time to get a Spicer then I would wait and get a Spicer.

    Harley
     
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    There's also the JE Reel Joint. 40% stronger than a 760 but they run 85.00 a piece.
     
  10. toy4x4runner

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    Thinking about the CTM's... They're $200ea though... dang that hurts. Wonder if it's really worth it. My set up is 35" interco trxus Mt's, D44 under a early 90's V6 toyota 4runner.
     
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    agree....got the brute force in my step dads burb...

    p.s. PAD
     
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    I think I had the spicer 297's. So I'll go with the 5-760X's.
     
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    Random axle u-joint thoughts:

    The Spicer 5-297 changed/evolved over the the years. The last one I swapped out the needle bearings were not the same size as what I pulled out. I don't remember if they made up the difference in the cap or trunnion and the pics I had are lost in a up date somewhere. The guts of the old 297 looked more like the 5-760 than a new 297.

    The seals on the neapco BF joints *look* better than Spicer ones. I don't know if they are.

    Neither NAPA by my house will even order Spicer joints anymore. Only neapco & Precision. Last time I needed a u-joint I just went to AutoZone and bought the neapco Brute Force. Better service & better price. If your NAPA is the same I'd go with the BF.

    My '73 has a 5-760 on one side & a BF on the other. My '80 has 5-297s on both sides.
     
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    yes my napa is the same way. they have what they have. no spicer or BF.
     
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    Brute Force are made by Neapco. Neapco are also good ujoints among stock replacements.

    Harley
     
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    I ordered some Spicer 760's today from parts mike along with a ton of other crap.
     

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