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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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2002 TJ front axle u joint availability

Hi Folks:

Rust of all things has conspired to grind away the seals on my front axle u joints.

The insides were barely worn at 200 k kms but they each gave way on the inside trunnions and were perfect on the outers.
Maybe this is a normal wear pattern but the seals were ground away on one trunnion and perfect on the other.

I have searched the forum and see that the Spicer 570x is the preferred replacement for most users. I hate to admit it but the vehicle is stock so its really will not get the torque stresses of big wheels.

I tried the local shops to no avail no one sells these and all claim that their strores brand is just as good. I am always suspicios of people who have to have a VIN number to look up a part for your vehicle so I came here.

Where can one purchase safely online a set of correct front axle u joints for a:

2002 Jeep TJ Sport.?
It has what appears to be the standard D30 front axle


( its odd but the darned joints were hard as heck to get out, the hardest u joints I have ever removed )

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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:30 PM   #2
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I replaced mine a few months ago. No problem getting them out. A-Zones were Chinese. Napa was USA built so I got those and so far so good. I couldn't get Spicers locally and didn't have time to wait since the jeeps my DD.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:37 PM   #3
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The correct part # is 5-760x.

Do you have any drivetrain shops that are local?

You need to find the type of shop that does driveshaft work. Sometimes they are heavy duty truck shops.

If they balance driveshafts, they will carry Spicer parts and will likely have the 5-760x u-joints in stock.

I think its worth a little extra effort for the Spicer brand u-joints, even for a stock Jeep.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 07:50 PM   #4
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Wow that is amazing thanks for responding so fast!

I can afford to wait as its not a daily drive anymore
especially since one axle is on my workbench.

I am also cheap which is why I am looking for a web vendor.
This used to be a great town for industrial products of all types but all industry has died out and the service people all went away.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 08:45 PM   #5
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im very thrifty also, wife does not agree at times. any way my choice is spicer.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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almost forgot. get them with grease fittings.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 08:52 PM   #7
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I have run the NAPA Precision ujoints for a few years with no issues.

NEAPCO joints from Advanced Auto are also ok...I think their lifetime warrantied ones with the red seal are made in the USA.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 09:30 PM   #8
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The correct part # is 5-760x.

Do you have any drivetrain shops that are local?

You need to find the type of shop that does driveshaft work. Sometimes they are heavy duty truck shops.

If they balance driveshafts, they will carry Spicer parts and will likely have the 5-760x u-joints in stock.

I think its worth a little extra effort for the Spicer brand u-joints, even for a stock Jeep.
2 drive shaft places near me and neither carries Spicer One place said thay cant get them and the other guy said 3 days if I ordered them.
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Unread 07-28-2010, 09:39 PM   #9
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Dana Spicer has a vendor lookup on their website and it includes Canada too.

Here is the link:

Dana Spicer Parts - Locate Light Duty Parts
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almost forgot. get them with grease fittings.
Unless you do tons of mud regularly, I'd get the Spicer 5-760x which is triple sealed and maintenance free (non grease-able). Grease channels will create a weak point in the u-joint.

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2 drive shaft places near me and neither carries Spicer One place said thay cant get them and the other guy said 3 days if I ordered them.
I ordered my 5-760x joints online for much cheaper than I could get them at my local 4x4 shop. Sometimes they have good deals on Ebay from drivetrain stores for 19 bucks a pop.
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They are on ebay right now for as cheap as $18/each plus $11.66 in shipping, so $29.66 total.

The local Fleet Pride here sells them for $24. I'm pretty sure Fleet Pride is a national chain.
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They are on ebay right now for as cheap as $18/each plus $11.66 in shipping, so $29.66 total.

The local Fleet Pride here sells them for $24. I'm pretty sure Fleet Pride is a national chain.
Huh, maybe I'm just not looking in the right places I've never heard of Fleet Pride until you mentioned it. I did a google search and sure enough we have one not too far away from where I am. If they have the 5-760 joints for $24, I'll definitely go there next time.
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Unless you do tons of mud regularly, I'd get the Spicer 5-760x which is triple sealed and maintenance free (non grease-able). Grease channels will create a weak point in the u-joint.


This gets brought up all the time, but I have never seen any sort of proof on this. I have run greasable joints for 2 years while playing in the rocks on 33s (open) and 35s(locked) with no failures.
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