post #1 of Old 03-10-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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To grease or not to grease...U-Joints

I am replacing my u-joints and wanted to get greasable joints until I realized that the only difference between standard and heavy duty joints is that the standard u-joints are greasable and the heavy duty are not drilled.

What I am wondering about is how likely I am to break the standard joint vs. the heavy duty? I like to be able to grease my u-joints because that is the only way to know their condition without removing them (if the grease comes out all four caps, the bearings are most likely ok).

So, how many of you are running the standard, greasable u-joints? Thanks.

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post #2 of Old 03-10-2009, 08:38 AM
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I have always run standard greasables.


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I would def get the greasable ones. Being able to grease them in my opinion will make them last longer.

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I have always used greaseable but decided to try some lifetime warranty non-greaseable this time. Figured with a lifetime warranty, they must be pretty good. If they end up being crap, not too expensive or too hard to replace them again with greaseable. I think it is pretty much personal preference.
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I was surprised when I compared the two at Advance and Auto Zone yesterday. There is absolutely no visual difference except for the grease fitting. They even charge about $5 more for the non-drilled, heavy duty model. I guess the extra mass makes them stronger.
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Depends on where for me. I run non greasables in the axle shafts and greasables on the drive shafts. With your current set up its a non issue, run what you want.

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Also, as an install tip, take all four caps off each U-joint and pump out all the grease inside the U-joint. That stuff is generally only meant to prevent rusting during shipping and storage and breaks down very quickly, causing premature failure of the needle bearings.

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I have always used greaseable but decided to try some lifetime warranty non-greaseable this time. Figured with a lifetime warranty, they must be pretty good. If they end up being crap, not too expensive or too hard to replace them again with greaseable. I think it is pretty much personal preference.
I always went with whichever had a lifetime warrenty. That way you only buy one. The local Autozone people apperently cant tell the difference between a stock joint and one of their lifetime warranty ones. A friend of mine blew a joint so I took it in and got him a brand new one for free. And so goes the circle of life

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GREASEABLE!

if not, your bearings will turn to dust. just happened to me.
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