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Unread 07-03-2007, 08:30 AM   #1
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u-joint size for front axle

Ok so I have posted about a noise I have been getting from my front end for the last week. After talking to a friend of mine he is almost positive its a u-joint. So my question is what size u-joints do I need for the ends of the front axle? Thanks ahead of time for the help guys

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Unread 07-03-2007, 09:50 AM   #2
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I see you have a TJ based on your prior posts.

If it still has the stock D30 front axle, you need a Spicer 760-x u-joint. This replaced the old part # 297-x.
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thanks and sorry I forgot to mention I have a tj, I guess that info would have helped a little bit
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Unread 07-03-2007, 10:36 AM   #4
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ok so I just called Napa advanced auto and autozone, none of them have the spicer 760 u joint. So is the spicer just a better brand or something?
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Dana Spicer is the OEM part.

Napa used to sell them but I guess they no longer do.
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Unread 07-03-2007, 11:13 AM   #6
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Unread 07-03-2007, 11:27 AM   #7
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Ok I think the guy at advanced auto said the u joint was a brute something. Just one more question are these a pain to change out yourself?
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Unread 07-03-2007, 12:09 PM   #8
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Its a pretty easy job.

Here's a write-up that should help:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/ujoint1/u-joint-1.htm
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Unread 07-03-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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So when the u joint comes off its going to be attached to part of my axle shaft?
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Unread 07-03-2007, 01:24 PM   #10
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no vise versa, when your axle shaft comes off your u-joint is going to be a part of it.
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Unread 07-06-2007, 04:44 PM   #11
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Ok I think the guy at advanced auto said the u joint was a brute something. Just one more question are these a pain to change out yourself?
We just installed a set of Brute U-Joints on my father-in-law's XJ this weekend. Toughest part was getting the hub unit off, but that was due to the large amounts of rust we were dealing with from the NY winters. After that, the job was probably around 45 min, including installing the new U-Joint and re-assembling. We used Stu's Write-up and it was extremely helpful. The only thing you will definitely need is a 36MM socket, and we also used a 3-tooth puller. However, a deadblow hammer would also have probably gotten the job done eventually.
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Yeah the damn hub assembly took me and my dad a good hour alone, but the good news is when I took the hub assembly off there wasnt a back to it anymore. Yeah all the bearings well the ones that were left were exposed. So it didnt end up being my u-joint instead it was my hub assembly so that made the job a little shorter(thats the good news). But a little more expensive then expected. And if you live in the rust belt and you have to remove a hub assembly you NEED a slide hammer they are a god send. Thanks again guys for all the help and suggestions
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Brute is a store brand, I personally would look harder to find the Spicer 5-760X which is a very high quality, well sealed, durable u-joint.
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I plan on buying some Spicers shortly for my entire drivetrain.

you can find them at www.4wd.com and maybe some other sites

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Dana Spicer is the OEM part.

Napa used to sell them but I guess they no longer do.
Napa can still get them , usually overnight, but most stores no longer keep them in stock, since there are too many people looking for something cheaper.
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