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How are your U-Joints???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by hawglet, Mar 3, 2003.

  1. hawglet

    hawglet 1/2 ton status

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    I am just wondering if I keep getting a crappy brand of u-joint or what? I have put about 5 set in in the last 7000 miles or so. I have checked my angles, they are good, and had the rear shaft re-balanced. I only have 3 inches of lift with a locked 3.73 rear-end. Just wondering how often others had to replace and what brands you were using. Thanks.
     
  2. bigjbear

    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    What brand are you using? If you are sure your angles are good check the shaft for dents and get it rebalanced.
     
  3. dyeager535

    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Your sure your yoke isn't worn out?
     
  4. MudNurI

    MudNurI 1/2 ton status

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    hmmm the ones in mine now- have been in since '00 probably over 7000K on them....not a problem with them...

    Brandy
     
  5. BigBen

    BigBen 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    A wise man once told me:

    "You can put in Spicers, or you can get good at changing U-Joints". /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    Solved the problem for me! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    -Ben
     
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    87sm465np208 1/2 ton status

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    Carquest U-joints arent bad either, i put a f*ckin Napa U-joint, the cross over one that goes from the 10 bolt shaft to the 12 bolt rear end, and its already got play in it, the 10 bolt U-joint didnt, i think im gunna do the Yoke swap, i still have the yoke from the old ten bolt and the U-joint which is pretty new, can any one PM me with some kinda technique for setting up a yoke, if so that'd be great. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  7. BowtieRed

    BowtieRed 1/2 ton status Author

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    i got my yoke put on, and my driveshaft shortened for $55, professionally, i'd do that. brute force joints are pretty good.
     
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    you might want to check if your rear U-bolts are lose if you are chewing up U-joints real fast. a buddy of mine had that problam and he spent A LOT of money on U-joints before he figured out that was the problame.
     
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    87sm465np208 1/2 ton status

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    well im a do-it-yourselfer, and i enjoy fixing things, and installing thins in my driveway, so im gunna start looking into it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

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  10. 79Beast

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    I have been buying 1 year warranty Brute force Ujoints for my rear shaft from Autozone and I replace them just before the warranty is up. I broke a few Napa 1350 joints before I learned my lesson. I'm pretty sure I could shape a few beer cans into a cross and get it to hold up better than the napa joints.
     
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    bigjbear 1 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    Just a little tid-bit, those Brute Froce joints and the NAPA joints are both made by neapco. A bunch of other brands, too.
     
  12. morphed86k10

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    I believe the joints I've got are neapco as well. I haven't had any problems with them.
     

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