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Re: U-joints: heavy duty vs. greasable.
Not sure which u joint you need, but I wouldn't touch anything other than greasable.
Find a helpful Spicer dealer, one that knows his parts. Spicer has some nice u joints that while they are more than the parts house brand, are superior. I got joints for my jeep that are spicer brand and have 4 grease nipples. One on each cap. I've tried the ones that have a nipple on only one cap and it is very difficult to get grease to all four caps thru the cross drilling. The chain is only as strong as the weakest link. This four cap part is worth every penny. Was about $35.00 each, but easy to grease no matter what position the shaft is in, and I have found that all my fail u joints were due to lack of lube, even though I grease them. That cross drilled, one nipple on one end only joint was the worst. How can I collect on the "Lifetime Warranty" when they will tell me it was clearly my failure to lubricate them. See if you can find the spicer joint I am referring to for your application, and you will make maintenance easy and effective.