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Unread 05-07-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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Need to press U-Joints in Jax

Hey guys, I really need to press some old u-joints outta my front shaft, and my new ones in. Anyone local have a press? The old mallet and socket truck isn't budging these babies. Any help would be appreciated. I'm in Jax Beach, and can bring beer.

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Unread 05-07-2012, 11:17 AM   #2
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U got vice and sockets? That will work.

I got all mine to come out with PB blaster and a big hammer. They were all the originals from 23 yrs ago.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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I don't have a vice. But I had a 10" c-clamp that I pretty much destroyed in the attempt. Basically a paper weight now.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #4
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I don't have a vice. But I had a 10" c-clamp that I pretty much destroyed in the attempt. Basically a paper weight now.
Me too!!

In the end a hammer and sockets worked for me. Maybe soak in PB blaster for a few days and hit em up. Another option is rent a ball joint press from autozone, $100 deposit and you get it back. This would work.

I even bought the 6-ton press from harbor freight. What a POS!. It is too small to press stuff like U joints out. Not strong enought to press out stuff it should be able to. DO NOT BUY!
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Unread 05-07-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
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go to harbor freight and get a balljoint press, its cheap and will do the job.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 05:40 PM   #6
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go to harbor freight and get a balljoint press, its cheap and will do the job.
I was trying to avoid this. That press goes for $60. I've already spent $66 on 3 new Precision Greasable joints. So this press would take me over the $120 that the 4X4 shop right down the street wants to charge me for 3 new joints installed.

But, if I've got the press, I guess I'll never have to worry about it again, huh...
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Unread 05-07-2012, 05:49 PM   #7
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just look at this way, now you have a excuse to buy new tools...
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Unread 05-07-2012, 06:02 PM   #8
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And I could ALWAYS use some new tools
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Unread 05-08-2012, 06:54 AM   #9
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RENT IT FROM AUTOZONE, ITS FREE!

all it takes is a deposit and you get it back when you return it.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 09:03 AM   #10
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RENT IT FROM AUTOZONE, ITS FREE!

all it takes is a deposit and you get it back when you return it.
Yup. O'reillys does it too. That's the plan for today. Thanks guys.
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Unread 05-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #11
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Thanks for the help, gents. Oreillys lent me the press. The receipt said 48 hours, but the shop mgr told me to keep it as long as I need. I had it back within the day.

I did however need to buy a 22mm deep socket and an 18"x1/2" drive breaker bar. Made life a whole lot easier.

Learned quite a few things too. Take your time pressing the new joints in, I detonated a needle bearing into about 5 (very small) pieces. Also, start at the t-case when putting the shaft back on. Much easier to wrestle the axle end then the t-case end.
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Unread 05-09-2012, 08:28 AM   #12
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Glad to hear it all worked out for you. You ready to go wheeling yet?
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Unread 05-09-2012, 08:52 AM   #13
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Come out this weekend, that way I won't be the only one driving from jax haha
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Unread 05-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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I'm ready to get back in the mud. Where are you guys going? I work weekends :^/
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Unread 05-09-2012, 09:36 AM   #15
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I'm ready to get back in the mud. Where are you guys going? I work weekends :^/
well I'm hoping ocala. I haven't been out since I got my lift, winch, and bumper. If that doesn't work out I'll probably see what I can find closer to town, but ocala is lots of fun and its a pretty nice drive down there actually. Esp if you take the scenic route
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