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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-13-2005, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
 
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Keepin The Caps In?

Post your way of keepin the caps on your axle U-joints (pic's if you want). My buddy's d44 popped the caps out and It was a new joint. I think it was because of the wimpy C-clips they send with the joint! What else could cause this?
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I haven't done it, but a friend was telling me about how he did it.

basically a little grinding inside th ears to accept thefull circle clips instead of the 1/2 circle clips.

Sorry I'm not more specifc or enlightening, but it's been several months since he told me about it. Maybe some one hear can shed some light.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I have never tried it myself, but I have heard of guys tack welding them on in one or two places.
If you start to spit the caps off your U-joints, it is often because the ears are getting old, and the hole has been beaten a little bigger that it was when new.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

We all tack weld them in around here. I even tack welded my CTM joints with full circle clips to the chromoly axle shafts. It you wheel much at all, the weld will prolong the life of the joints and the shafts.
I have also welded joints into axle that have been wallered out a bit. Weled the joints in all the way around.
that worked pretty good for a couple trips to the hammers and Peteyg still uses them for spares.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I usually weld them in too.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

Were you able to put new grease in the CTM's after you welded them? Seems like the grease would break down from the heat.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I usually clean out the ring grove, dress it if needed and make sure the ring seats. If the yoke is deformed... it's put on a "to be replaced" list and swapped out as soon as possible.

I'm not a fan of welding with U-joints in place. You just never know where that current is flowing. Caps and needle bearings in the caps can really deform under the current/heat... not to mention the grease.
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I agree Larry, but CTM's don't have bearings... so.. why not...
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

Can you use CTM's in stock axle shafts if you grind fo full circle clips?
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Re: Keepin The Caps In?

I weld them in fully. Keeps the yokes from stretching or tearing.
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