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Old 10-02-2015
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Ahh.. darn!

I saw another one that was actually 10 cheaper for the body zerk but these are the top of the line Spicers...lol Go figure!

I'll just make sure to fill them with grease before I install everything, then do another couple pumps once installed.

Going forward I'll get the body zerks!

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Old 10-04-2015
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Welp the new 1330's came in! Perfect match!

Put them in and will drive tomorrow to see how it rides. I checked out all of the old ones after wiping the dirty grease that was left and ALL had roller marks on them so it was only a matter of time when they would have failed. Luckily for some reason it was just when reversing. These are much better quality than Ford though for sure!

Will post up an update.

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I had a 2001 XLT stepside. 2.3L Auto: 4:10 rear end and in fact my one piece drive shaft takes the 1330 U-joints. 1310's were too small and did not work. 1330's were exact match for both the front and rear driveshaft.


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Old 10-06-2015
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well what is the update good / bad the ugly
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Opps. Went for a drive today and no squeaky noise at all. It actually appears to ride a little smoother. Got it up to about 50mph and no shakes. I read somewhere that someone had shakes because the u-joints weren't centered. I didn't experience any problems.

It was relatively easy using the ball joint press rented from Advance Auto. I tried using a c-clamp and completely bent the hell out of it after about 2 minutes. The caps were pretty rusted and seized but some kroil penetrating oil and the press made it light work.

I thought for sure it was going to be harder but this actually went pretty smoothly, and now I won't have to worry about them again...w00t w00t!

The u-joints were most definitely original to the truck though, they had the ford logo and all the joints had wear marks of the needle bearings, one being completely dry and rusted.

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