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Replacing U-Joints on the rear driveshaft


 
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Maxximmillian
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 8:55 am    Post subject: Replacing U-Joints on the rear driveshaft Reply with quote

I'm going to be replacing the rear driveshaft U-Joints pretty soon on my 89 Cherokee 2-door with a 5 spd and I was wondering if there was anything I should look out for or any advice that would make things easier. I've never changed a U-joint before, but I'm pretty mechanically inclined and am up for it. I'm changing them because the idiot who owned the Jeep before me put the wrong one in at the diff and it's way too small. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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pipxj
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a hammer handy to tap on the shaft as you are pressing the joint out of it. I bent a cheater bar on my neighbor's vise and spent an hour cussing and scratching my head until another neighbor, who is a mechanic, came over and told us to tap on it with a hammer as we applied pressure. It came right out.

Make sure you get joints with a greasable fitting. They'll last longer. Also make sure you have a bucket under the front end and a plastic bag and rubber band ready to cover up the hole where the slip yoke goes (assuming the setup is the same).

All in all, it's a pretty easy job. Took me about an hour if you don't include the extra hour lost to cussing Shocked
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Maxximmillian
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice. Like I said any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
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98tj
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a link with a write-up on that. Pretty good one too. http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ujoint2/ujoint-1.htm

Hope this helps
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Maxximmillian
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I just finished replacing the front and rear U joints on the main drive shaft and it went pretty well considering this was the first time I had ever done U joints. Next up is the wheel joints and the rear brakes. Not incredibly stoked about those jobs, but you gotta do what you gotta do... Thanks for everyone's help with this job.
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