OK so I have a pretty major leak on the passenger side 2 piece axle shaft, and the last time we were out it would not engage for half the trail ride. So after a TON of searching, I decided to use an XJ 1 piece shaft to eliminate the CAD and put the seal in the pumpkin.
My problem came with the fact that every single XJ I find is already missing that axle shaft. Apparently its a popular mod around here.
There are about a dozen ZJs and WJs with the axles intact and u-joints. Will any of them fit? I know mine doesnt have ABS, but it is a 95 so I think it has the larger u-joints. All the ZJs and WJs have ABS.
I found a 97 in the salvage yard, and started taking out the axle. Of course I didnt have a hammer and I couldnt get the bearing to break loose. But it had a u-joint, just not sure what size. How can I tell that? My understanding is that the 95 YJ has the bigger joints.
The other issue I saw was that it had ABS, so it has the ABS gear on it. Does this matter?
That is just weird that Jeep would make every single XJ after 95 the larger one, but not the higher end ZJ? I am not questioning you, it just baffles me as to why Jeep did this. I dont do a lot of serious wheeling right now in this, so the smaller joint may be fine for a while.
You could ask which models have the bigger u joints over on the XJ, ZJ, WJ forum here. Not knowing but maybe it would stand to reason the bigger u joints may be on V8 Grands rather than the I6's? I dunno thats just a guess. How are expensive are new XJ or TJ axles? That might be an option if they arent to pricey.
The ones I have found new have been over $200 and I am not sure they come with u-joints and the outer knuckle part. I figured for $15 I would do it, but I dont need to do it at all. But now I have a TJ shaft, and it was only a bit more money, so I am good. I wonder why nobody uses the ZJ units?