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Pinion yoke grinding???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Jan 22, 2001.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    My u-joints flop around in the pinion yoke, due to what looks like the retainers that bolt onto the yoke holding the u-joint to the yoke are a little worn stretched or what ever. Or maybe the yoke is a little worn. I was wondering if anybody had any objections to me grinding a little nibblet of the yoke flats so when the bolts will have to pull the retainers down on the u-joint caps, just amking them tighter keeping them from moving around. Im not talking about taking off 10th or hundreths or anything. Just enough to tighten it up.

    Anybody????

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  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Do you have the strap type of retainers? If so and they are stretched you should just buy some new ones. They're not expensive. I wouldn't grind on the yoke end of things, especially when the straps are cheap parts anyways.

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    Yep, they are the strap type. If we are talking about the same thing. Im not sure that they are the culprit though. Im just assuming this without having compared them to ones I know not to be stretched. I just know that wiht them tightened down all the way the caps flop around in there a little.

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  4. Burt4x4

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    You can swap out thoes straps for the Ubolt style for a test. Both the Ubolt and Strap style can be bought from any parts house. I would start there. I like the Ubolt style but I duno if one is trully better than the other!!???
    You may need a new yoke too and onece thoes are outa spec it's perrty tuff to jerry rig them into working right again......
    OH ya if you buy a new yoke make sure you buy SPICER brand or you will be tossin Ujoints left and right!!!!

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  5. dyeager535

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    If the straps are worn, you need to CLOSELY inspect the yoke itself for wear. The straps on my K5 were loose, and ruined the yoke. anew u-joint fixed it for about 10 miles. I was broke after buying the new yoke ($60, I know it sounds stupid) so my dad did some precisions hammering on the straps (hehe) and problem solved. Drove it for 2 years like that, no problem. But if you can afford them, by all means, get new ones. And make sure to install the u-joints correctly..what stretched the straps on mine was the idiot PO bolting the straps down OVER the c-clip on the replacement u-joint.

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