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Old 02-18-2008, 12:22 AM   #1
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how hard is it to change U-Joints?

I took it to a mechanic to see and he said 100 per UJOINT and i said no way. They dont look like theyd be 1.5 or so hours of work.

So my question is, how hard is it and can i do it myself?

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Old 02-18-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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do you have a socket set?

if so mite take YOU 20 minutes

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Old 02-18-2008, 12:45 AM   #3
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oh yeah and a clamp helps too
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If you have a press it's even easier... I think HarborFreight sells some u-joint tool that I've heard people recommending. Might want to look into that as well.
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:10 AM   #5
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I just had my front shaft done. The book says .5 hrs per joint. .8 to R+R front and .5 to R+R rear.

My front has 3 joints in it but Im not sure a bout you YJ.
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r+r?
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r+r?
remove and replace
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Old 02-18-2008, 11:32 AM   #8
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I just had my front shaft done. The book says .5 hrs per joint. .8 to R+R front and .5 to R+R rear.

My front has 3 joints in it but Im not sure a bout you YJ.
that was for all of them? i thought what he told me was ridiculously high. plus i really should learn about all this crapola.
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Can anyone provide a link to a "How To" on replacing u-joints.

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Old 02-18-2008, 01:05 PM   #10
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This link explains how to remove the d30 axle shafts and change the U-joints in the front axle: http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/d30/axle-1.htm

Here's another link explaining how to change out the driveshaft u joints: http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ujoint2/ujoint-1.htm
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I have the haynes manual to help me along as well. but i like pictures and movie even better! Yea, I know, us young 22 year olds cant do anything out of a book anymore
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I replaced Mine last trail ride with a screwdriver hammer and pair of plyers.lol I was not prepaird. Have a good one
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this about how to do it?
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I need to change my driveshaft u-joints soon. thanks for the reminder
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They aren't hard at all, but you need to have patience with them. Of which I don't have so anytime I start replacing u-joints, shit starts flying around the garage. If I don't get it exactly right after 3 tries I start soaking things in gasoline and looking for my lighter.

Take it slow and follow Stu'd write-up and you'll be fine.
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Old 02-19-2008, 06:44 PM   #16
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Ive done joints before on my old Zuk, but the front shaft in my TJ had my kind of baffled. The whole 2 joint and ball socket thing left me scratching my head.
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Here is a step by step with pictures
http://www.naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=940180
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Old 02-20-2008, 05:04 PM   #18
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yeah, i just did mine and I live in MI and everything was rusted like a mug, so it took me 6 hours to do them, 2.5 hours just to get the dang hubs off. They were frozen on there real good. Then Autozone sold me the wrong u-joint, of course, and putting the last cap on one and it would not hammer on completely....took it apart and lo and behold, one of the roller bearings had fallen over and I smashed it up good.....so learn from my mistake, make sure those rollers are all lined up straight before you start installing those caps, oh and don't drop em either, that sucks too..... I couln't get that harbor freight tool, they don't sell em here for some reason, so sockets and a BFH work pretty well. I could probably do both sides in an hour now that everything is free from rust.....

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