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

Should I have this shop replace the U- Joints or should I replace the whole driveshaft?

I'm just curious as to will the work done hold up if I have them replaced.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

I think you need to have just the ujoints replaced and test it out for all of us? We need to know what brand parts to use, from where. Spicer?
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

why would you replace the Driveshaft? Is the old one bad? did it snap ?

I would say just replace the U-joints . Use a good U-joint though . For that matter are they bad?
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

If they know what they are doing, I wouldn't hesitate to have them replace just the u-joints.

I've gone through two OEM drive shafts- one when they were still "cheap" ($400) that was then later replaced under warranty after they more than doubled in price. Both times the u-joints had failed...not sure if I just had bad luck or these aren't as robust as they probably should be!

I have heard of just replacing the u-joints with success. I would also consider asking them to use hardware with grease fittings, so you can keep it properly lubricated. Although I understand why they use sealed u-joints from the factory, it could be a way to ensure these ones will last you.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

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why would you replace the Driveshaft? Is the old one bad? did it snap ?

I would say just replace the U-joints . Use a good U-joint though . For that matter are they bad?
Because the the way the driveshaft was manufactured, the u-joint are "non-serviceable".
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

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I think you need to have just the ujoints replaced and test it out for all of us? We need to know what brand parts to use, from where. Spicer?
I'm driving to the shop now.
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Because the the way the driveshaft was manufactured, the u-joint are "non-serviceable".
So ... non serviceable in what way? Are they non grease able? Or are they somehow built into the driveshaft so you can't hammer them out , like a wranglers drive shaft or front axle shaft?

We would swap out a wrangler u-joints in a few minutes.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

Ok , Now I see what you are talking about ... Thats a crappy design. whenever mine choose to go then I will consider getting a real driveshaft made with 1310 u joints you can replace . You may want to consider the same option
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

here is why they cant be replaced as easy

Just a thought ... If the tack welds were ground out and a new 1310 or 1330 ( not sure which) were installed , Could it be tack welded and repaired? Or possibly contact Tom Woods , englewood , or another driveshaft Mfg. and get one made.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

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So ... non serviceable in what way? Are they non grease able? Or are they somehow built into the driveshaft so you can't hammer them out , like a wranglers drive shaft or front axle shaft?

We would swap out a wrangler u-joints in a few minutes.
Look it up. They are not suppose to be replaceable at all.

Edit: I see that you found it.
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

If you can buy a rebuilt driveshaft , Like you can from Crown or others then it can be changed
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Re: I Found a Shop That Can Replace WK U-Joints…

Ok so , I sent a email to Tom Woods of Tom Woods Custom Driveshafts and here is the response I received this morning


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While we can build replacement drive shafts for the WK, we do not have the ability to change the factory original, staked in, universal joints. It would be interesting to know who & how the company referenced on the string is accomplishing this.

If you have other questions, it may be best to call. Our Toll Free US # is 1-877-497-4238. Our worldwide telephone # is 1-801-737-0757. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Mountain Time Zone. (GMT - 7 hours) Monday through Friday.

Thank you,

Tom Wood
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Please include all original text in any reply.

Tom Wood's Custom Drive Shafts - Tom Woods Custom Drive Shafts Custom Driveshafts Specialist


I can tell you Tom Runs a class act ,If any of you dont know .He and his company make a Good bit of the driveshafts and sye kits for the offroad market . If anyone could do it ,His company would be able to

III2for3III I stand corrected.
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