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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

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I understand you went to Tom Woods, but I still agree with your original thought. I see taking it out carefully, getting the right part, tigging it back, and balancing it. I've never heard of nearly anything that can't be fixed. Can't is a word that wasn't allowed in my house growing up. It's just my opinion, but I think everyone is toting the party line to make money. I've had a lot of experience in the past getting universals, and shafts right with various lifted vehicles. Who ever came up with is just as stupid as the person who left out a lower screen in the front.
I can agree with you totally, You can buy remaned driveshafts , so they have to be repairable somehow.
This could be a interesting project , Its to cold for me to go and try it, Plus mine isnt bad and I dont have a spare laying around to try.

I think part of the problem is they are aluminum drive shafts , I am unsure weather the yokes are aluminum as well as the body . This maybe better to get a die grinder and a press rather then the old hammer and socket method.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:11 PM
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

I'm in the same way of thinking I don't need it as of now, but come spring time I'm gonna see what all the hoopla is about. It took me a while to find a shaft that would live in my goat, and I just can't see spending that kind of money. Yep the die grinder, and press will surely come into play.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

Keep me updated in this spring…
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

If you press the the ujoints out you WILL break the driveshaft.

It has already been done by another member, I dont remember who or exactly when I just remember the pichers.

The aluminum will not flex it will just break, not to mention the carnage that would be caused if the joint failed, the 500 dollars you saved would more than double triple and possibly even quadruple the money saved to repair all the damage from a flailing driveshaft.

There is SO much more than just replacing a u-joint, centering the ujoint so the driveshaft is straight when there is no way to actually identify exact center because it wasnt made to adjust.

This is NOT an easy operation or no one would buy the OE driveshaft, I just think that all of you thinking it may be able to happen are underestimating what it takes to assemble and balance a driveshaft that was never made to be dissassembled. even if you got the ujoint replaced, I can almost guarantee that you would never get more than 6 months out of each ujoint and you would be fighting vibrations that will wipe out pinion bearings. This is not something to chince, if reputable driveshaft shops say no go, considering they are IN BUISNESS to do this stuff, I would tend to listen to them.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:06 AM
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

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If you press the the ujoints out you WILL break the driveshaft.

It has already been done by another member, I dont remember who or exactly when I just remember the pichers.

The aluminum will not flex it will just break, not to mention the carnage that would be caused if the joint failed, the 500 dollars you saved would more than double triple and possibly even quadruple the money saved to repair all the damage from a flailing driveshaft.

There is SO much more than just replacing a u-joint, centering the ujoint so the driveshaft is straight when there is no way to actually identify exact center because it wasnt made to adjust.

This is NOT an easy operation or no one would buy the OE driveshaft, I just think that all of you thinking it may be able to happen are underestimating what it takes to assemble and balance a driveshaft that was never made to be dissassembled. even if you got the ujoint replaced, I can almost guarantee that you would never get more than 6 months out of each ujoint and you would be fighting vibrations that will wipe out pinion bearings. This is not something to chince, if reputable driveshaft shops say no go, considering they are IN BUISNESS to do this stuff, I would tend to listen to them.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:08 PM
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

My shop I went to were able to put new u-joints in my front drivehaft and it works perfectly. They were able to get the joins to problem. For my back I replaced with a junkyard one with new joints. They did try to replace the back joints usin gthe same methods but the shaft got damaged in the provess.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

That's great news Matt I knew someone had to have some progress.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

This shop wanted the challenge. they never heard of a vehicle where you could not service the joint. From what they showed me that had to grind away just enough in order to get the pin out. Then they put in the new joints. They gave me back the rear drive shaft with the new joints in it. but the technician said while they were trying to replace it they damamged the shaft slightly and it did not turn as smooth as it should. Still very happy they were able to put new ones on the front no problem.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

It's the law of supply vs demand if the suppliers stick to the price that's what we have to pay.That sounds like how I was going to attack this problem slow, and deliberately. Are you able to tell us what brand, and number u-joints they used. Are they clipped from the inside, or out. If you have any measurements, or dimensions they recorded. The shop name would also be good for the guys who aren't hands on.
I was wondering where you've been, and up you pop.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

I am not sure about the part number but they are oem from jeep im pretty sure. I have a good friendship from an aamco in central jersey. The clips are on the inside you will have to grind the excess away. But if you guys want a junkyard drivshaft they are 250.
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Thank you for this thread. I had my rear diff rebuilt late last year by a jeep specialist, and I complained about noise I was still hearing after the rebuild. I was told of the inserviceable driveshaft.

Until I replace the rear driveshaft, is there anything I can grease to reduce the noise between 45-65mph? Thank you.
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