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post #1 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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ok so i need to do my front drive shaft, but my local Mech told me like 200-250, should i get it rebuilt or just buy a new one? i have about 3" of lift right now but plan to go to 3.5RE or 4.5RE in the future. so i'm just curious what you guys would do.


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post #2 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:08 PM
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ok so i need to do my front drive shaft, but my local Mech told me like 200-250, should i get it rebuilt or just buy a new one? i have about 3" of lift right now but plan to go to 3.5RE or 4.5RE in the future. so i'm just curious what you guys would do.
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post #3 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:08 PM
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Do it yourself for about 120 tops. Its pretty easy, a few hours tops. You just need 3 u-joints, and the centering ball. If you want to be fancy you can pick up a u-joint press as well, makes pulling the caps easier, or you can just beat em out with a hammer. All told not worth taking into a shop
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:18 PM
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$120 is nuts yet less 2+

i redid all 3 u-joint and ball centering kit (carrier bearing) for <$70
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:44 PM
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$120 is nuts yet less 2+

i redid all 3 u-joint and ball centering kit (carrier bearing) for <$70
Where do you get the ball centering kit? NAPA?

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 05:44 PM
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$120 is nuts yet less 2+

i redid all 3 u-joint and ball centering kit (carrier bearing) for <$70
I did mine yesterday for around $60. Three Spicer 1310's, and a Rockford 404-0 CV rebuild kit. Bought it all at my local driveline shop.
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I agree with the others , if you have some mechanical ability then overhaul / rebuild the front shaft yourself . Its not all that difficult . A small bottle jack type hydraulic press comes in real handy . I wouldn't recommend a BFH for in-stall of the new u-joint caps , you're more likely to displace or damage the needle bearings that way

I just did mine , 3 u-joints and the centering joint / ball for $ 75 at NAPA .

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U-joint part number : 210-0153
Centering joint / ball ( rockford brand ) : 260-0782

All greaseable of course , be sure to re- assemble the shaft in a manner that allows you to grease the joints without removing the shaft . Also be sure to align the slip joint to the rear yoke upon re-install . Marking the individual shaft parts before disassembly is helpful to be sure its back together exactly as it was originally built .

Take your time and have fun & save some $$$ while you're at it
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post #8 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 06:50 PM
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Where do you get the ball centering kit? NAPA?
a local driveline shop, was called performance clutch and drive
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post #9 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 07:28 PM
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There's a good writeup on how to do this on stu's page:
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driv...iveshaft-5.htm
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post #10 of 11 Old 09-09-2006, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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i will attempt it, hopefully i can rent all the tools at autozone or something

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post #11 of 11 Old 04-26-2012, 07:36 PM
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just buy a u-joint/ball joint press at harbor freight!
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