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post #1 of 22 Old 06-03-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Front axle u-joints, what brand?

My wheel started jerking as its straightening out similar to when you are in 4WD on dry ground. I am thinking that it's one of the axle u-joints.

I am looking at RockAuto.com and they have a large variety of them. I know that we have Spicer from factory and that spicer is THE way to go but they are $40 a piece, meanwhile i can get OMIX or PRECISION ones for $17 each. So id pay less for a pair of these, then i would for 1 spicer one.

How crucial is it that i pop the Spicer ones in? Anyone just using these generic brands?

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there's no driveshaft company near you? i can get spicers for my dana 60 shafts for $25

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Haven't heard anything bad about the Napa joints which I believe to be Precision joints. Don't quote me on that though.

I prefer to use the Spicer 5-760x. Have you checked any local shops who may carry the Spicer 5-760 joint? My local off road shops sells them for around $25.
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My wheel started jerking as its straightening out similar to when you are in 4WD on dry ground. I am thinking that it's one of the axle u-joints.

I am looking at RockAuto.com and they have a large variety of them. I know that we have Spicer from factory and that spicer is THE way to go but they are $40 a piece, meanwhile i can get OMIX or PRECISION ones for $17 each. So id pay less for a pair of these, then i would for 1 spicer one.

How crucial is it that i pop the Spicer ones in? Anyone just using these generic brands?
How good omix are I don't know but if you end up replacing the again in a year what did you save? I'd rather do it once and be done.

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I used a generic brand from pepboys and ended up replacing the same joint 2 years later. My personal experience with those u joints has not been well. You should be able to tell if the u joint is bad pretty easily, grab the yoke ears and if you feel any play replace the joint.

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I used a generic brand from pepboys and ended up replacing the same joint 2 years later. My personal experience with those u joints has not been well. You should be able to tell if the u joint is bad pretty easily, grab the yoke ears and if you feel any play replace the joint.

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Is that the only way to tell if they are taking a crap?

I feel like mine are binding rather than being loose

And should i put the front end on jacks? Leave it on the ground? Move the wheel left-right? Take the wheels off?


Now that ill already have the front end apart, i think that i am going to replace my ball-joints as well as they have seen better days. Can i go cheapo with these or is it once again the same deal...you get what you pay for.

I may just bite the bullet and get Spicer u-joints, so im gonna try to save a few $ on teh ball-joints. RockAuto has them for $7 (brand is 'Chassis Rite')
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Is that the only way to tell if they are taking a crap?

I feel like mine are binding rather than being loose

And should i put the front end on jacks? Leave it on the ground? Move the wheel left-right? Take the wheels off?

Now that ill already have the front end apart, i think that i am going to replace my ball-joints as well as they have seen better days. Can i go cheapo with these or is it once again the same deal...you get what you pay for.

I may just bite the bullet and get Spicer u-joints, so im gonna try to save a few $ on teh ball-joints. RockAuto has them for $7 (brand is 'Chassis Rite')
I'm not sure if there is another way to tell if they are bad. Personally I have never seen a ujoint that needed to be replaced and didn't have some play. As far as cheaper or generic parts I have had 2 ujoints 2 hub bearings and 1 power steering gearbox go bad within a year or two. I could have warrantied the part but I didnt feel like putting crappy parts back in once I had it apart multiple times.

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I'm not sure if there is another way to tell if they are bad. Personally I have never seen a ujoint that needed to be replaced and didn't have some play. As far as cheaper or generic parts I have had 2 ujoints 2 hub bearings and 1 power steering gearbox go bad within a year or two. I could have warrantied the part but I didnt feel like putting crappy parts back in once I had it apart multiple times.

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So how do i check? Wheels off? On the ground, on stands? Im just not sure...
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I know that we have Spicer from factory and that spicer is THE way to go but they are $40 a piece,
Please search ebay for "spicer 5-760x". Currently there are six listings, all under twenty five bucks.

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Buy spicer. Simple as that. Have seen far too many "cheap" joints fail and take shafts with them.
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Please search ebay for "spicer 5-760x". Currently there are six listings, all under twenty five bucks.
Will do! Thanks man!

Just wanna make sure before i click "buy it now", 5-760X are the correct ones for a 2000 TJ without ABS?

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Will do! Thanks man!

Just wanna make sure before i click "buy it now", 5-760X are the correct ones for a 2000 TJ without ABS?

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Yup Spicer 5-760x will work in any year TJ D30 or D44.
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Spicer all the way; went with Advance Auto's brand once and they didn't last very long, nor did they seem to be of the same quality as the spicers.
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Spicer. But keep your eyes open for a new joint from Superior.

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Thanks guys!

I am getting the Spicer 5-760X from eBay. $52 for a pair, shipped!

Thanks again!!!
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