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Old 03-07-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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driveshaft u joints in need of replacing, should i replace driveshaft?

would you guys recommend that i just go ahead and change the driveshaft when i am replacing the u joints? thanks

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #2
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I just rebilt mine. Just replace the u joints, I would only replace the driveshaft if it needed it.

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Old 03-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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Front or rear, stock or AM? Double cardan?

U-joints are like $25 a pop for good ones, $12 for autozone specials, and take minutes to change. Maybe an hour if you live in a salt zone and curse slowly... Unless there was something else wrong with the shaft, i'd just do the joints.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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its rear, nothing visibly wrong with the shaft, just brown and rusted, there is a considerable amount of play at the u joint though.... are the upgraded ones worth going with? thanks!
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:59 PM   #5
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Go with Spicer!
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:57 AM   #6
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Just replace the U-joint, about $25 and maybe at the most 45mins to and hour to change. Don't get the crappy u-joints from autozone, get a Spicer if you can if you have a drivetrain shop in your area, otherwise atleast get the Napa Precision joints.

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Old 03-11-2012, 11:41 PM   #7
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How tough is it to remove the driveshaft? Thanks dudes!
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:45 AM   #8
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Not sure what model Jeep you have since no info listed
It should be (2) U-Straps so (4) bolts total at the Rear Pinion and then either U-bolts at the T-Case tailshaft or if it's Flange style then (4) bolts in the flange.
Should only take about 10-15min at most to drop.

Use some PB blaster the night before to soak the bolts if they are rust covered or have never been removed.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #9
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Thanks, it's a 93 yj 4.0 automatic
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:31 PM   #10
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:02 PM   #11
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U joints are one of those things where the premium price is well worth it

They're also one of the parts you buy two of so you have a spare kicking around in your recovery box... once you've done one and understand how to go about it, you can easily replace one on the trail. u-joints and the infamous JK TC cable bushing are the only two spare parts I carry with me.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:44 PM   #12
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So I think I found what caused my u joint to fail... I was under inspecting it and noticed that the trans was able to move back and forth easier thn it should..... I took a pic of the part just above my red poly trans mount... I assume that bolt is supposed to hold the trans in place,,,, correct?
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