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u-joint - strap vrs. bolt

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by four_by_ken, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    Can someone shed some insight to me on the benefits of one over the other.

    The yokes are differant, correct? Can't picture how, but I believe they are.
     
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    pauly383 Daddy383 Staff Member Moderator

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    The u-bolt is the better method , its holds the cap better and EVENLY . The yoke is different in that its machined for the nuts to fit on there flat and the u-bolt to go through . I still run straps myself , only because I'm a working stiff and have bills /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
  3. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    True that the straps 'hold' more of the joint though?
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  4. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    Yoke with the straps have a finite amount of clamping force on the u-joint cap. If the strap or yoke develops wear then it may no longer effectively do it's job. The u-bolt can compensate for this wear. The u-bolt down side is that you can over torque it and deform the cap or crush the needle bearings.
     

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