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Unread 03-05-2005, 07:16 PM   #1
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Uni strap to u-bolt upgrade done

I got impatient tonight. I wondered over to Advanced Auto in search of U-bolts for the rear u-joints to replace those weak *** straps. I found some 3 dollar u-bolts in the HELP section. Not sure if they are the strongest, but we shall see. You need to be 21 to do this upgrade (at least my version)

*Buy a 6 pack, perferably Yuengling for you Pennsylvanians
*Open up beer one, finish beer one. Open up beer two, and get under Jeep.
*Take out the 4 bolts on the rear yoke. Take off the straps and let the driveshaft hang out of your way. Sip beer
*You'll need a 5/16 titanium drill bit. (8 bucks) Drill the threads out and make the hole a bit larger in the rear yoke. sip beer, open up another
*Test fit and make sure the u-bolts fit the hole. you guessed it, sip
*Put the shaft back into place, and secure the universals with the bolts.
*Put the supplied lock washers and nuts on. finish number two, and you 'should' still be good for a test drive.

Good Luck and drive on

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Unread 03-05-2005, 07:55 PM   #2
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Nice work - so how did it work out? Can we go wheeling next time without the tow home?
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Unread 03-05-2005, 07:59 PM   #3
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Well, my yoke is still on crutches, thats probably why I didn't when I was drilling it out, haha. It seems to be holding great, but the problem is the frame. I'm not willing to have my steering box get ripped off just for a little off road fun. Hopefully EndlessMtnFab will be able to fix it right, and I'll be able to drive it by the end of the month.
No more of this, haha. BTW, I think your lense is pretty dirty, either that or your windshield or something, haha.
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Unread 03-05-2005, 08:13 PM   #4
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Thats good to hear. Def get that steering box problem fixed right so we can go out and have some fun..

Thats my windshield.. I had the cam sitting on the steering wheel trying to take a pic while moving forward.. Next time you get towed while im there I will be sure to clean it better for you

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Did you have to clearence the yoke at all to get the nuts on the Ubots on the back of the Yoke? I had been debating this, but the only write ups I found were D35's.
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No problems what so ever getting the nuts on. They are 13mm, plenty of room with my little socket wrech. If you don't have a little socket wrech, an open end will do, just a bit more tedious.
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Unread 03-06-2005, 09:10 AM   #7
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Hey got some pics.
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another one Now go out and di it yourself, hehe
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Unread 03-06-2005, 10:27 AM   #9
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Thanks, I've added it to my "to do" list while I'm fixing up the XJ.
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just so you all remember the before pic..
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Unread 01-08-2006, 09:51 PM   #11
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Is that mod still holdin up?? Nothing broke yet? I think im gonna do that next week...my bolt heads keep flyin OFF.
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Unread 01-08-2006, 11:08 PM   #12
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Heres a quick article with the part #

http://www.jeepaholics.com/tech/ujoi...ujointconv.htm
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Unread 01-08-2006, 11:40 PM   #13
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Anybody have the PN for the u-bolts?
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Unread 01-08-2006, 11:58 PM   #14
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Ditto on the u-bolt parts#'s here!!! The only 2 times I've broke on the trail, were do to the same problem, and I've looked every where for a u-bolt replacment yoke to no avail.
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