Drive shaft rebuild
I found that one of my u-joints needed replacing on my rear drive shaft. It was the second one of three coming back from the transfer case. It is located on the double yoke. As usual, I used my haynes for advise. I got the damaged 'u' out and the drive shaft came apart. Haynes failed to warn me that once these shafts come apart that there are needle bearings inside a rotating ball where the two yokes connect. It took me some time, but I placed 'most' of the needles back into the bearing casing (along with tons of crap). I had to do this twice to get it back together. Then while replacing the end caps, I again had trouble with loose needle bearings. Finally, I got it together, but am not very confident in the job and would like to redo it right. Can the bearing between the two yokes be removed and replaced, or do you have to buy two new yokes? (because part of the bearing is on 1 yoke and the other part is on the other) Also, is there an easier way to replace the end caps without having the needle bearing jump out. I used the hammer method, which I am sure was not right. Can you use a large c clamp to press the new caps in? The book says use a vise, but my vise is attached to my bench, and I don't think it is large enough, plus it is very hard to line everything up on the bench. Any help, especially about the bearings between the Yokes would be of greatly appreciated. If I have to replace these, where can I get a replacement?
93 Eddie 302 32" BFG Warn Man hubs
Finally starting to get it right