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What Universal Joints to buy? Need suggestions

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by rocko, Apr 24, 2001.

  1. rocko

    rocko 1/2 ton status

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    My 83 is eating universal joints (rear) since I lifted it. I lowered the t-case, that helped but my needle bearings are turning to dust and chewing up the joints.
    So I'm looking for good "greasable" heavy duty U-joints to put in.
    Where do I find good ones? I'm tired of going to part stores and they try to sell me "made in china" 4.00 specials.. I want top of the line stuff...
    Anyone know any parts stores that sell good ones?
    And part numbers?
    Thanks in advance..
    Rocko.

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  2. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Get Spicers if you can find them. My Jimmy chews through the Brute force ones in about 7 to 10 months, but the spicer I had back there has lasted and lasted. It finally did go on me, but you actually have to put grease in it once in a while...[​IMG]
    I'm trying out a set of Neapco's, they're greasable and somone here had good experience with them.

    Napa I think has a good selection...

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  3. rocko

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    Thanks Rene..

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    Dana Spicer ONLY!! and don't ever look back.......hehhe
    just tossin in my .02c

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  5. rocko

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    Who sells the Dana Spicers? I have Pep Boys(yuck) , O'reilly's auto parts, Van's auto parts, Napa(those bastards tried to sell me the cheap chinese specials), Or.. would a drivetrain specialty store be my best bet? AustinDriveTrain.. Hmm... i know where I'm going on lunch break...
    Thanks Burt..I've also heard Spicers are great u-joints..

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    One good thing about the Auto Zone Brute Forces, is that they have a lifetime warranty and you get a new one when it fails. The bad thing is that when it usually fails it takes other stuff with it!!!

    I agree with the others, go for the Spicer units.

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    go with the spicer's you will love them

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    FYI becarfull not all Spicer's are made in U.S.A. the trend seams to be far east.
    Buyer be wear !
     
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    The Neapco's I just bought say "Made in the USA"...I hope they last a while.

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    I have used nothing but Spicers. The Spicers I installed in my 85 K30 rear shaft are still in it today. I changed them about three years ago and grease them about every month or so, depending on how often I drive the truck.
     
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    Thanks again everyone... Spicer's or Naepco's.. Let the hunt begin....

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    Contact Jesse, at High Angle Driveline, he carries Spicer u-joints. 530-872-5725. My brother is running a set on the rear of his 3/4 ton Chevy that he bought from Jesse, the non greaseable ones last longer.

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