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Unread 07-30-2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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replace cv or replace whole d30 front axle

whats up guys. i got an 87 and the front cv joints make a bad clicking sound while in 4l. i have a parts jeep with a d30 in the front aswell. so my question is should i just do an axle swap or change the cv joints. i am not into working on cars but i got to get this going as a dd.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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Are you sure it has CV axles? Or just u joints?

Replacement CV shafts are relatively weak compared to stock u-joint assembly shafts.

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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:29 AM   #3
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Is the donor axle high pinion?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 09:45 AM   #4
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sorry i am a noob, whats is high pinion
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Unread 07-31-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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High pinion is the position of the pinion (where the drive shaft connects) relative to the centerline of the axle, below it is low pinion, above is high pinion. HP is desirable for ground clearance. The CV axle is weak compared to the D30, so swap it if you can. Where are you in BG? My in laws live between Lucia falls and the Heisson bridge.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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i live in dollars corner. west of bg going to the freeway.

i will have to go look what mine is now on the jeep. and cal my homie where the spare jeep is and have him look what it is
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Unread 07-31-2013, 01:31 PM   #7
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i can feel something isnt right when i am just dd the jeep but when i put her in 4x4 and turn left or right with the front lock she makes a real bad clicking sound. i am not sure what the problem is but i have a whole other d30 front axle so i was jsut curious if i should swap them or replace parts in the axle under her now
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Unread 07-31-2013, 02:35 PM   #8
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Um..what Transfer case do you have?!?
If the shift lever only has 2H-4h-N-4L, DON'T USE 4x4 on pavement!!
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Unread 07-31-2013, 03:07 PM   #9
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yea its the 231 i think. and i was not on pavement when she was doing this. i was at a fishing hole off the beaten track and got down fine in 2wd but needed 4 to get back up the slick hill. i was carless a few months ago and came across my cherokee for 400 bucks. it ran and drove fine for the old guy. nw that i have it anything and everything is going tits up. and i drive her like a grandpa so i am nt rodding on her. this jeep has to be my dd slash camping rig.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 04:12 PM   #10
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Sounds like the timing chanin is stretched and popping over the sprocket. It can be replaced for about $100 and a few hours of labor.
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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:26 PM   #11
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Where the timing chain at and what does it have to do with my 4 wheel drive? That might be a dumb question. I think I got a car trailer lined up to use to get my parts jeep home. I started looking and my rear leafs are flat.... Lol so I hope my spares are better along with the stabilizer shock and power steering hoses. Lol I need just a couple things haha
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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:47 PM   #12
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I think he ment transfer case timing chain.

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Unread 08-12-2013, 11:56 PM   #13
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I will have to look into that as well. This xj just keeps throwing me curve balls but I reAlly like it and would like to get her going so I can do some camping next year and some winter wheeling soon!
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