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Unread 04-17-2013, 05:59 AM   #1
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front axel shaft question

My driver side axle shaft has u-joint, my passenger side has CV joint with a ripped boot.

My question is which is better? And if its a u-joint, do i have to change hub and what can I get it from?

The vehicle is 60 percent trail use, I wheel rocks and woods not a lot of Mudd

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Unread 04-17-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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That's odd, it's half and half? Strange. Okay lots of people argue both sides of this. Here's the basic argument for both sides.

U-joint is stronger, so a lotta people go with those that way they're less likely to break. If they do break then you are stuck fixing it then and there.

CV is weaker, however if a cv joint breaks you will still be able to drive/limp the Heep home for repairs.

I run cv joints, mostly just because my Jeep came with them, and I haven't had a need to change them yet. (Except once when the boot tore)
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Unread 04-17-2013, 08:09 AM   #3
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After reading all of the debates, I think it's more a matter of preference. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, but if it sees more trails than anything, I would run u-joints. A boot will rip much easier. Yes you would be able to limp home with a CV, but you'll be doing quite a bit of it.
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Ive heard that cvs are stronger. Ive heard U's are stronger. U's are repairable and I like that about them. Cv's WILL BE SMOOTHER. If you wheel a lot id rock Ujoints.
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Or pony up for some rcvs like all them cool kids...
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In a perfect environment a cv is stronger, the boot is the weak link, it rips and lets in dirt which causes joint to fail.
Cv is smoother

I run cv joints currently but have u joints in the shed to rebuild for next time hubs are off
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Or pony up for some rcvs like all them cool kids...
Which BTW use CV joints. . . .
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Unread 04-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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I ran the rcv shafts in our 2010 Rubicon and they are very smooth regardless of how tight the turn with power on. The only draw back is the $980 cost. Probably higher now. The wife preferred the ZJ, so I got rid of the Rubi. I run alloy shafts in the hp30 with 5-760 joints with full circle clips. Never broke one, but they are a little bindy in a tight turn under power. The rcv's are the strongest and smoothest, but most people won't break a 760 joint, so they are more practical.
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I think I'm going to switch the CV shaft to a joint shaft. What models came with a joint shop so I know what to look for at the U Pull It yard. Is the hub different also?
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just about any ZJ that had a 231 or 242 tcase had u joints, at least thats been my experience. you can also get them from any XJ cherokee, but make sure it doesnt have CAD.
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Also be sure and get a shaft from the later ZJs that would have had the 5-294 u-joints. You can then replace them with the stronger 5-760 joints. I don't remember when the jeep went from the 260 joint to the 294, but someone will chime in.
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Also be sure and get a shaft from the later ZJs that would have had the 5-294 u-joints. You can then replace them with the stronger 5-760 joints. I don't remember when the jeep went from the 260 joint to the 294, but someone will chime in.
all zj's all tj's, and all xj's after 96 had the larger "d44" joints installed from the factory. they also all use the same d30 axle shafts.
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