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Old 05-15-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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is this somthing to worry about?

So I was under my jeep today and I saw this.
I have 1997 with a 2.5 5speed. So its a d30 axle.
I'm usually on the beach twice a week and I'm planning a trip to rausch creek in June. I'm assuming those tears are a problem. I dont want sand and junk getting up in there but looks like a pita to replace myself. Is it import that I get this fixed asap?

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:31 PM   #2
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Sand.... Bearings....... Bad juju. Usually with a front drive car if the cv boots are torn its time to replace them.

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Old 05-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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Guess I should do both sides. Drivers side isn't torn but its dry rotted. Dam
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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The real question is why does my tj have CV joints in from axle? My mechanic said they are supposed to be u-joints.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Cherokee axle housing ?
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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May be aftermarket shafts, if I'm not mistaken u can get rcv? I think its called shafts, and they have cv joints and not u joints but I'm not 100% sure about this
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That looks like a stock CV. RCV's are red although I don't know about the TJ. IIRC certain year Cherokee front can bolt up with little modification.
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If its a cheerokee its a high pinion, op post up some pics of were the driveshaft bolts to the pumpkin and we can tell if its a low or high pinion
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:07 PM   #9
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Its pouring out right now. These pics good enough?

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I'm guessing either you have a Dana 30 out of a Grand Cherokee that was equipped with CV joints or you have just the CV shafts that came in that axle. Also, there was some joker selling CV shafts for TJs a year or two ago. I can't remember the name of the company, but if you search on JF, you should be able to find them. Either way, they're weaker than the factory TJ shafts with universal joints.

Oh, and the picture you have shows it's a low pinion housing.


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May be aftermarket shafts, if I'm not mistaken u can get rcv? I think its called shafts, and they have cv joints and not u joints but I'm not 100% sure about this
The RCV shafts have great big orange boots on them. Those are NOT RCVs. RCVs are actually quite a bit stronger than the TJ shafts (and smoother while turning).
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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OK thanks for helping me out
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The name of the CV shafts I was think of is Titanium Axles. Their parent company is Primal Offroad. Both appear to be out of business now. I don't know if that's what you have or not, but here are a few discussions regarding them:

Dana 30 Titanium axle shaft - JeepForum.com

titanium axles - JeepForum.com

Titanium Dana 30 Axles - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:04 PM   #13
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This site still has them listed for sale. Do they look like what you have?

Titanium Axle for Dana Spicer 30 Front Differential - TJ

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:15 PM   #14
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Its hard to tell

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #15
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I might have to tear it apart and just see what's inside
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Maybe you should go over to JF and post those pics on the Grand Cherokee technical forum. They'd be able to tell you if those are factory GC axle shafts.
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If they are GC shafts, do i have to put in the same type of shaft of can I put in a u joint shaft Assembly? I'm basically asking if they are interchangeable
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I'm not sure, but I believe they are interchangeable.
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Looks like a Grand Cherokee axle, or at lease GC shafts. You can replace with those or go back to the orginal TJ u-joint style shafts.
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You could just take everything apart and pull the shafts, and post some pictures of the shafts. Also you might could take a look and identify for your self what axle you have. Identifying marks are in/around the housing.

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