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Re: Need Help Installing U-Joints...?
Take opposing bearing cups off CAREFULLY. Make sure all the needle bearings stay in the cups. Put that part of the u-joint into the driveshaft yoke as far as it'll go, then the opposite side should swing into the opposite side of the yoke. Center the u-joint in the yoke, and place the bearing cups you took off on the u-joint. Press the caps onto the u-joint with a vice or big c-clamp. Use two sockets slightly smaller than the yoke to "center" the u-joint in the yoke so you can put the retaining clips into the grooves. If you don't have a vice or c-clamp, I have tapped them in with a hammer, but be darned sure that all the needle bearings are in place, which you should do anyway. It doesn't hurt to put a little, not a lot, of grease inside the bearing cup to help hold the needle bearings in place. Make sure that you "aim" the grease zerk in a direction that you'll be able to get a grease gun to it; I believe you need it pointing towards the center of the driveshaft on both the pumpkin and t-case ends. I would go check on mine but I don't have the ambition right now, sorry.
Hope this helps