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Old 03-30-2016, 11:23 AM
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My new joints came with three sets of clips. Aluminum, brass, and some green ones of an unknown material. Why three sets? When would one use each type, and why?

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My new joints came with three sets of clips. Aluminum, brass, and some green ones of an unknown material. Why three sets? When would one use each type, and why?
It's because the U-joint is also used for other vehicle models that require different clips than the TJ. When you pull one of your current clips, it will be obvious as to which clips to use (based on thickness).

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Thanks but I'm kind of interested in the "why" of different materials for my own knowledge. The clips are all the same size and appear to be the same thickness but I could be wrong on that one. Still, why brass, aluminum, and "green" material? I use brass fittings on my boats for corrosion resistance. Any ideas?
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Thanks but I'm kind of interested in the "why" of different materials for my own knowledge. The clips are all the same size and appear to be the same thickness but I could be wrong on that one. Still, why brass, aluminum, and "green" material? I use brass fittings on my boats for corrosion resistance. Any ideas?
Typically the clips on our TJ's are a type of hardened steel so try a magnet on the green ones.
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It says in the included instructions. They're slightly different thicknesses due to multiple variances.
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I used the green ones on mine, they most closely matched what I took out on the stock shaft joints.
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They're all steel, just coated differently so you can tell them apart. They're different thickness's in case you have a yoke that's too tight. The little instruction sheet will tell you about them.
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This is the email I got from Dennys:

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The copper colored snap rings are the standard size and the other colors are thicker. You should use the copper unless your yoke is worn or damaged whereas the thicker snap rings can be used to make for a tighter fit. Always use two of the same color when doing this so you don't offset the u-joint.

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Makes total sense now. Thank you.

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