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Unread 07-13-2010, 09:48 PM   #1
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Replacement U-Joints?

I'm in the process of overhauling my front drive shaft. Im not a budget and have a total of about $50 to replace all three U joints. Whats are some decent U-Joints i can get and still be inside my budget?

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Unread 07-13-2010, 09:51 PM   #2
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3 u-joints and something that resembles quality....all for $50....sorry don't know anything that fits those parameters. Spicer's are usually in the $20~$30 each range, last time I checked. IMHO, anything less is a crap shoot as to how they will last.
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X2 on the Spicer recommendation. For the driveshafts, it is very hard to beat the Spicer 5-785x which is a sealed u-joint that makes for a nice more durable upgrade to the OE u-joint. Nearly any driveshaft shop will stock them but few autoparts stores like Autozone, Kragen, Pep Boys, etc. carry anything that good.
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Unread 07-13-2010, 10:03 PM   #4
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I could possibly swing the Spicer 5-785x i found them for around 16 each. I don't really do any heavy off-roading but i really wont have the money to do this all over again if a u-joint fails from poor quality. I cant find the Spicer products anywhere local and i cant really wait on shipping i'm leaving for college in two days. I get a NAPA 20% discount can they order the spicer u-joints?
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yes they can order the spicer u- joints and usually have them in the next day (at least they did for myself) They also have a brand called precision u joints. I used them on my rig and they seem to be as good if not better then spicer. They were a few bucks cheaper as well. You can get the greaseable or the sealed. I like the greaseable because I can shoot fresh grease into my u joints whenever I want. (usually every oil change)
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Unread 07-13-2010, 11:23 PM   #6
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Thanks, i seen that brand on the NAPAonline store and was wondering about them. I have never known NAPA to sell crappy parts i might try thoose out. I found them for 13.99 each
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3 u-joints and something that resembles quality....all for $50....sorry don't know anything that fits those parameters. Spicer's are usually in the $20~$30 each range, last time I checked. IMHO, anything less is a crap shoot as to how they will last.
X3/Spicer; In a pinch, I bought a "delux", greasable, off brand one from Schucks/O'Reily a couple of months back. Sorry, don't recall the brand. I greased it after each trail ride. However, after just a few, muddy, northwest trail outings on it was starting to make a bit of racket and I lost confidence in it, and installed another Spicer. I keep the other one for a trail spare...
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Unread 07-13-2010, 11:36 PM   #8
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Well im against almost any drivetrain and suspension part from Advance, O'Rileys, or Autozone. If my local napa can get me the spicer u-joints at a decent price i will purchase those, i refuse to purchase something of a lesser quality than what was OEM so i may have to dish out some more cash.
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Again, look for the Spicer u-joints at a local driveshaft repair shop. I have 5-6 within 20 miles from me and 2 within ten miles.
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Unread 07-14-2010, 12:45 AM   #10
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We really dont have any driveshaft shops around here, we have several machine shops but that's about it. Not really much going on around my little town.
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