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post #1 of 7 Old 04-04-2020, 06:03 AM Thread Starter
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JKUR front u joints - ones near the wheels

Folks,

I used the search function with no luck.

I have a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The front u joints, the ones near the wheels are bad. I stopped at the local Napa and they sold me a set that were $170.00, and they are an off brand. I told him they needed to be for a dana 44 axle and he said all the u joints are the same.

I am going to tear it apart today does anyone know what part # I need in the event these are the wrong ones. Things are closed near me and I need the jeep so this is kinda important.

Thank you for your time.


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post #2 of 7 Old 04-04-2020, 06:59 AM
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Your Napa was correct. The U-Joints are the same for either model axle.
They did kinda overcharge you though. You can get OEM ones online for about $70 each.

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Thank you the u joints fit almost too easily. But I took a lot of time and cleaned everything with a wire wheel before installing. So maybe I got lucky with that.

I broke a wheel sensor on the drivers side. I broke 2 of the 3 unit bearing bolts and the wheel sensor on the passenger side. It was an absolute pain.

Any hints on the wheel sensors? Why do they get so brittle?

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Unfortunately, those sensors weren't really made to last. They're considered a common wear item that you should expect to need to replace every 10 years or so. Since they're common wear, they don't make them particularly durable. If they use salt on your roads in the winter, it just dries that plastic out over the years.

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Re: U-Joints

Go to Amazon. You can get U-Joints for $60.
I bought the “Alloy USA 11502 X-Joint for Dana 44” for $59.99/each.
Superior quality over OEM.

At least order one set to have as a spare while on the trail.
Inevitably, someone WILL break a U-Joint, and you will be their savior.
I ordered 3 sets (2 to replace mine, and a spare to carry).

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Go to Amazon. You can get U-Joints for $60.
I bought the “Alloy USA 11502 X-Joint for Dana 44” for $59.99/each.
Superior quality over OEM.

At least order one set to have as a spare while on the trail.
Inevitably, someone WILL break a U-Joint, and you will be their savior.
I ordered 3 sets (2 to replace mine, and a spare to carry).
I broke an X joint a few year ago in a g2 axle. Though it was in no way the joints fault. was in a total bind after falling off line and could not back up or go forward. wheels were at lock too. tried to power out and boom split in two. On 37s as well. I carry axles on board. easier fix then try to do a u joint on the trail. more over if the axle gets damaged by the broken joint. Happens when people drive it out on a busted u joint. seen it many times.

To the OP stock axles tend to stretch out the U joint holes. the axles are not hardened at the ears. Kind surprised a 4 year old jeep needed u joints.

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What IS the difference between an X-joint and a U-joint?
Is X-joint just a brand product name?

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