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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2002, 01:32 PM
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drive shaft alignment and u-joint destruction

i had a bad u-joint, spent like an hour hammering on on it with a socket and only got one cap off. got tired of it and just went to a guy near here and had him do it. I heard you are supposed to use a vice but i figure i just needed a bigger hammer :-) ? my other problem is that after numerous times of removing my drive shaft over the last year or so i have no idea how to get the two halves to align correctly . my own dumb error but it looked like it had been worked on before.I guess that is why the u-joint self destructed like it did, one cap had zero bearings it it.
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Re: drive shaft alignment and u-joint destruction

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/nehsoft/Driveshaft.wmv

go there

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Re: drive shaft alignment and u-joint destruction

Hey, I wonder how much Ack paid the hand model on that video??? I hear is was near freezing that morning... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

(In case you have a dialup connection and don't have all day, check the end of the splined shaft for a dimple. Then find the dimple on the other shaft section next to the rubber boot. Match up the two dimples and reassemble. The yokes should be aligned with themselves. If not the dimples are not matched. Pull the joint apart, turn one piece a spline notch in one direction and reassemble. Repeat until the yokes line up oerfectly.)
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Re: drive shaft alignment and u-joint destruction

First off, you should never pound out a U-Joint with a hammer. I found out the hard way a long time ago. The ears that hold the cap on the Samurai yoke bend real easy when you beat on them. If they are bent even the least amount, you get bind and rapid wear. The drive shaft is easy to allign. The fixed yoke ears on the drive shaft must be in line with the fixed yoke ears on the other slip yoke. If you lay it on a flat surface with a fixed ear flat, the other fixed ear on the slip yoke should also be flat on the surface. By the way, the GMB U-Joints sold by other ZUK Vendors as the best U-Joint around are available right at your local Advance/Auto Zone/Western Auto parts store for about $9 each. Look at the U-Joint, it will have GMB on it regardless of the box label. They do work pretty well.

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that depends on where you live.. for the GMB pricing, when I was pricing them out, they were $30 at the auto placed I looked at, so $15 from the vender was heaven.....

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I like Tim's advice. If you bang on a joint, you are bangin for trouble. If you mess up the yoke, its done. Get a new shaft. Harbor Freight had their 'ball joint/u-joint' tool on sale for $30 recently. Well worth it when it comes to this. It comes with its on blow mold case and you can keep it with you on the trail. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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cool video thanx. i never noticed any dimples on the shafts i think they are to dirty to see lol. guess i need to clean em. thanx again yall
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