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post #1 of 5 Old 09-14-2017, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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Front Jeep 2003 Rubicon drive shaft U-Joints

Hello all, new to the forum. I am replacing the front U-joints on my 2003 Rubicon and by looking at the U-joint closest to the differential it does not appear to have retaining clips or rings. Am I missing something. I thought I wouild ask as everybody seems pretty technical and could save me some effort. Pics included.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-14-2017, 11:19 PM
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As installed from the factory, the Rubicon front driveshaft joint at the diff used injected plastic to retain the u-joint caps... you can see the end of the plastic in the right ear of your second pic. While it is possible to drive the caps out as normal, you'll find the job much easier and you'll be less likely to bend the ears if you heat the area around the u-joint caps with a torch until the plastic oozes out (it actually resembles easy cheese as it comes out). The new joint will use internal clips on the caps formerly retained with plastic, should be a Spicer 5-793x joint.

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Awesome! I thought that was some sort of lead or plastic pinning but wasn't sure. I could probably drill it out as well using a appropriate bit. Thanks so much.
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Drilling it out isn't going to work very well since the plastic is in a channel that goes entirely around the cap; you'll only be able to drill out the short run leading into that channel. I would highly recommend picking up a torch to deal with the injected plastic... it'll make the job much easier and the torch also comes in handy for any stubborn stuck bolts.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-15-2017, 11:59 AM
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drill it out? no. good way to end up needing a new DS. Bet you would eat more bits that size then the cost of a CHEAP press. from $50 and up new and used ones for near the cost of beer. having the right tool for the job is what makes things go easy. when you need to do say do the axle u joints you have the tool to make life simple.

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