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Unread 11-30-2006, 07:46 PM   #16
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Part Three...

I got the last u-joint tonight, and decided to finish the thing.

Broke down the u-joint, prepared it with grease, just as the others.



Then I placed the joint in its place. the centering yoke will conform to the joint.



I put the yoke-side caps in first, to make it easier to manage.



Then I placed (hand tight) the caps into the cardan joint-side.



I pounded it the same way as the other u-joints, and placed the snap rings in. Here's the finished product.









This Sunday is the tenative date for the SYE, so another update may be on its way.

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Unread 11-30-2006, 09:26 PM   #17
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I love how your workstation is a freezer lid.
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Unread 11-30-2006, 09:28 PM   #18
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I love how your workstation is a freezer lid.

me too. The workbench is actually next to it, but it's cluttered.
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Unread 01-02-2007, 01:30 AM   #19
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Well, I guess I'll just show the results. For your information, I have now driven 1000+ miles and through all sorts of terrain (even went to Prairie City off road park), and the front shaft is doing just fine in the rear.

Sorry I don't have a full writeup of the SYE, but cgrissom's video beats the hell out of anything I could ever do.











As you can see in the last picture, it's almost fully extended, but still has rigidity. There is no way that through normal use, and light to moderate use, that the splines are going to disengage and slip out. They will twist due to torque first.


I hope all of this has helped/can help at least one person.
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Unread 01-02-2007, 01:54 AM   #20
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Nice writeup. I just realized from reading this that I need to get to get a grease gun and go exploring underneath my XJ, I'll gaurantee nothings been greased in a llllllooooooonnnnnggggg time.
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Unread 02-02-2007, 05:31 AM   #21
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my front CV is squeaking. it has been for a number of weeks now. of course, i tried greasing it. i have held off on replacing it because i am doing a tc rebuild and a 3" lift on my XJ soon. but now that paragon is closing, i MUST go wheeling this weekend. how fearful should i be about this cv causing me troubles offroading?
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Unread 02-02-2007, 07:53 AM   #22
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I hope all of this has helped/can help at least one person.

WOW!!!

I can do this! I have a ruler just like that!!!

Seriously, thank you, this is extremely helpful and I'm sure I'm not the only one.
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Unread 05-03-2008, 02:55 PM   #23
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Did you replace the rubber dust cover that goes around the cv ball centering assembly?

I am in the middle of this same process and need to replace that part, but can't find it anywhere... NAPA or online... any recommendations?

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dennysdriveshaft.com has the rubber boots for $9.00
Dennys Driveshafts > Rubber Boot for OEM Non Greaseable CV Centering Yoke
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Unread 10-13-2010, 05:16 AM   #25
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Great write up! How important is it to change the spring and ball? I recently changed the u-joints but nothing else. Also how easy should the spline move up and down when its all together? Mine has no tension at all. Maybe it just needs to be greased up thru the nipple.
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Unread 09-11-2013, 01:15 PM   #26
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This is an awesome write-up and I'm glad I found it. I didn't know how difficult rebuilding a CV-style driveshaft might be but this proved to me that it's easier than expected with the right tools and right attitude.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:47 PM   #27
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I can't get the centering ball out for the life of me. Soaked it over night in a coffee can of ATF/acetone, heated it up.. No luck. Any more tips?

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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:58 PM   #28
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I dunno, I understand the do-it-yourself thing, but I can get a drive shaft rebuild and balanced for $150...
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Unread 03-26-2014, 02:06 AM   #29
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...AND now that it's gone up to $180 - $200 (IF the centering pin isn't damaged), and money is actually tight, I'll be re-reading this thread while I tear my front shaft apart
(It's funny what you find while Google-ing for info...)

If the centering pin IS worn out, is there a way to replace it or does it require a whole (new) shaft??

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