post #1 of Old 05-14-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
leeherron
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Dana 30 - Ball / U Joints Suggestions

Okay .. so I'm in the process of rebuilding / refreshening the Dana 30 from the front of my '81 CJ-8



Axle u-joints removed .. surprisingly more work than I expected.


and ball joints removed from knuckles (press made pretty easy work of it)


Question: What brand u-joints and ball joints are best? I'm currently looking at the MOOG due to the easy access zerk locations (as I understand it) and guessing Spicer u-joints but not for any real reason ..

.. any suggestions?

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post #2 of Old 05-14-2013, 11:26 AM
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I just rebuilt my axle and had gotten my ball joints at two different times and two different locations. I got a set of TRW brand and a set of Raybestos. I had them put in by others and then when I was re-assembling the spindle and hub, etc. I had an issue where the new locking hub didn't fit on. See this thread for details and pics of my issue. http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/mi...ssues-1502210/
Long story short; I don't know if it was a bad ball joint or one wasn't seated fully, but I replaced the TRW's with 2 new Raybesto's and the problem was solved. The other side with the Rayb. gave me no problem. These were the Raybestos Proffessional Problem Solvers #'s 5001070 & # 5051156 @ $30.79 ea from Rock Auto.
As for U-joints, I just got 2 for driveshafts that were Moog / Precision brand but I used Spicer in the front axles.

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post #3 of Old 05-14-2013, 11:29 AM
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I've been using XRF balljoints and steering components. I recently had to use one XRF tie rod end and one Moog due to a backorder on the XRF part and the difference in quality just in the external machining was amazing. XRF had Moog beat by a long shot. The price was much better too. I get my XRF parts at mibearings.com

Stick with Spicer on the ujoints if you can. You want 260x joints for the axleshafts.
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post #4 of Old 05-14-2013, 11:42 AM
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The u-joint end caps may need to be ground down flush or it won't fit in the spindle hole. I had that problem with mine.
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