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post #1 of 17 Old 12-27-2009, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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using a c clamp for a u joint press?

Has anyone ever used a regular c clamp from a hardware store for a u joint press? They seem to be basically the same except for the c clamp at the hardware store does not have the option to put a wrench on it instead it has a built in lever.
Anyone ever done this?

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post #2 of 17 Old 12-27-2009, 06:46 PM
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Yep. I've also beat the old one out using a socket, while resting the DS on a brick.....very hi-tech stuff.
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Yea it's the same thing all right (in principle) except the ball joint/ u-joint press is a whole lot stouter.
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post #4 of 17 Old 12-27-2009, 07:33 PM
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I second the "beating the socket" post! Just make sure the socket isnt too small or you'll damage the u-joint
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Has anyone ever used a regular c clamp from a hardware store for a u joint press? They seem to be basically the same except for the c clamp at the hardware store does not have the option to put a wrench on it instead it has a built in lever.
Anyone ever done this?
I thought the same thing until I actually had to use one. With the handle, I could not get enough force to turn the handle. The flat edges of the clamp kept sliding off as the edges of the U Joint mount and are not completely flat. Mine were seized in and I needed to Zip Cut them out. I ended using a 4inch clamp, anything bigger didn't fit underneath. I used a 3/4 inch socket and a 1 1/8, just remember to take the length of each socket, plus the U joint and that is the minimum opening of the mouth needs to be.
Just some problems I had, hopefully you dont experience the same problems I did.
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post #6 of 17 Old 12-28-2009, 06:22 AM
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u-joint presses have a nut on the top...so you can get lots of torque by using a breaker bar, wrench, whatever. c-clamps have a little t-handle. u-joint presses also have fine thread shafts, c-clamps have a coarse thread shaft. also meaning you won't get as much torque or fine control of movement.
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-28-2009, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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alright then sounds like im going to attempt it was a c clamp at first, if it fails il use the proper tool.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-28-2009, 11:25 AM
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u-joint replacement methods/tools

Good thread. You can use the C-Clamp, specific u-joint tool, hammer and socket, or bench vise and 2 sockets. It's always a good idea to try the method to match the tools in your jeep. It'll be a great lesson to learn for when this happens on the trail....been there...done that...

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I used to use a c-clamp/socket-hammer setup before I bought a press...
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-28-2009, 11:53 AM
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I've been using a c-clamp for years. No problem. Ever.
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alright then sounds like im going to attempt it was a c clamp at first, if it fails il use the proper tool.
It's the way I do it every time.

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Not sure if a c-clamp would do this. happened trying to remove my new axle joints to put the full circle clip on them. Kind of ruined my Friday night.
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I used the hammer / socket / brick method again today...quick and easy. Like said above, this is probably how I'll do it on the trail, if need be.
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If you have any type of rust on ur u-joints I doubt you'll be able to get enough torque on them using a c-clamp. I live in Hawaii.. so there is alot of rust here. But I had to use an impact and the u-joint press to get mine out. Every u-joint cap broke in the process also. U-joint press's just make every thing move a little smoother.. Install went flawless.. you can get a harbor freight one for like 50 bucks.
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If you have any type of rust on ur u-joints I doubt you'll be able to get enough torque on them using a c-clamp. I live in Hawaii.. so there is alot of rust here. But I had to use an impact and the u-joint press to get mine out. Every u-joint cap broke in the process also. U-joint press's just make every thing move a little smoother.. Install went flawless.. you can get a harbor freight one for like 50 bucks.
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