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Old 08-05-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Rear U joint issue

I have a problem with the rear u joint on my 2005 Rubicon. I went to change it out, and after some frustrating moments, discovered that I had to melt out the old internal cap clips.
Anyway, the new u joint has inside clips. I can get the first one seated properly, but the other one just won't go. There just isn't enough width in the clip slot to get it seated. I have tried 2 brands of u joint, but the clip will just not seat. If I force it in, the joint moves very stiffly, way too hard to be right.
Any solutions? Thanks

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Old 08-05-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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Caps on all the way, is it the correct joint

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Old 08-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #3
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When my u joint was still like that I had two of the caps seated to far in. It was definitely a process to get it just right. I ended up pressing out the caps and redoing it couple of times
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Old 08-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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Spicer joint? If so, what Spicer p/n are you trying to install?
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Spicer joint? If so, what Spicer p/n are you trying to install?
Do you know some dude named matt thomas?
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Spicer joint? If so, what Spicer p/n are you trying to install?
I tried two different brands Moog and Napa, both # 355. I think they're actually the same manufacturer.
I've got an idea I somehow pinched the yoke when I was trying to get those stupid plastic injected rings that hold the stock caps in. I had to melt them out and was reefin' on the u joint tool pretty hard.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:34 PM   #7
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I have had correct joints that were stiff after install. If they are correct p/n... sometimes giving the ears of the DS a whack or two with a hammer, after the joint is in place, helps seat the joints and allows them to move smoothly??

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