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Old December 31st, 2014, 09:51 AM
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Ujoints on front drive shaft

Looked around here, Terriann, Lrfaq and G&R site. Couldnt find any definitive word on what brand of ujoint I should purchase locally, suggested by my friend Jarek. Problem is I purchased the Napa/precision 369 and it was a bugger to get the clips to fit and then found out that the threads were missing in the ujoint body after installing it.
Wanted to know what you guys think is the better brand to purchase. Ill be heading over to the auto parts store to show them the item is useless to get my money back.
The front drive shaft is from a late 70s- early 80s truck as far as I know.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 10:27 AM
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What vehicle are we talking about? Late 70's, early 80s is pretty vague.... A search will find all answers. There are only two sizes of u-joints ever used.
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u joints are either 3 5/16 cap to cap or 2 15/16 cap to cap. NAPA 369 and NAPA 344 I forget which is which. Those are the only two ever used and Rover bounced back and forth between the two a couple times. My 90 has one size on the front and the other on the back.

If the u joint has a hole that isn't threaded, it might be intended that you just cram the zerk fitting in there and the tapered thread cuts its way in? I've seen crazier shit in my (and your) time.

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Looked around here, Terriann, Lrfaq and G&R site. Couldnt find any definitive word on what brand of ujoint I should purchase locally. Problem is I purchased the Napa/precision 369 and it was a bugger to get the clips to fit and then found out that the threads were missing in the ujoint body after installing it.
Wanted to know what you guys think is the better brand to purchase. Ill be heading over to the auto parts store to show them the item is useless to get my money back.
The front drive shaft is from a late 70s- early 80s truck as far as I know.
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Old December 31st, 2014, 10:37 AM
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Then there are plenty of aftermarket drive shafts out there using different sizes as well. Is it a genuine article or aftermarket?
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u joints are either 3 5/16 cap to cap or 2 15/16 cap to cap. NAPA 369 and NAPA 344 I forget which is which. Those are the only two ever used and Rover bounced back and forth between the two a couple times. My 90 has one size on the front and the other on the back.

If the u joint has a hole that isn't threaded, it might be intended that you just cram the zerk fitting in there and the tapered thread cuts its way in? I've seen crazier shit in my (and your) time.
The 369 is the spicer 1310 style, and is the bigger one. It's a lot easier to find because lots of American stuff uses it.

the 344 is the 1300 style.
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I hear what you are saying Ren Ching. But Jarek was pretty adamant about that not being the case, and it being a quality control issue with the product.

Do any of you know if one brand is better then the other, and if so which?
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I think they are easier to service via the endcap, so I like the neapco joints better than precision. That's what I put in my D2 front shaft.
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The downside to the zirks in the end caps is that they are easily sheared off when wheeling in rocks (if you wheel it).
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The downside to the zirks in the end caps is that they are easily sheared off when wheeling in rocks (if you wheel it).
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They make a plug that goes into the end cap,.. Grease it up, remove the end cap and put the plug in and no worries, when you wanna regrease, just install the fitting again..job done..lubbly jubbly..
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Yup. They also make a little flat zero that uses a special fitting to grease it with
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Spicer's cost $12ea and hard to beat. Napa offered both a made in US and a made in Japan U joint last I bought one from them and the US made ones cost more and weren't as good.
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Finally replaced the ujoints on front and rear driveshafts thanks to Jarek. I assisted on the first three then was the primary on the last one. The big bang from the 20ton press always catches you off guard, lol. Went with a Spicer ujoints and replaced two of the flanges which made things a lot easier. On the new flanges it seemed to us that the groove for the clip was bigger then the original ones.
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