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I think it happened at katemcy.. somehow i didn't break it while i was there.


I got LUCKY Friday, i almost put the truck in 4wd to climb a hill out at the lake, but instead i took my buddy around to the top and came down. There were no remains of anything resembling needle bearings in 3 of the 4 caps, they're all cracked, one of the caps walked half way out of the ear of the axle shaft.. talk about REAL close call.. 4wd woulda been instant death to another axle shaft.
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Hahaha oh Matt. What mall parking lot did you do that at? Or were you playing grocery getter? Let me guess... Walmart curb?

Just playing man..
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meh, $20 ujoint..

its what i get for running what was probably a 32 year old stock ford U-joint.. I spent almost 9 hours yesterday at the shop taking apart both axles and cleaning them up all nice and pretty, and lubricating and cleaning the hubs, it really needed it after my sunkage in the lake.
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Oh I bet! I bet they did need cleaned up severely

And ya, I agree, it probably was a 30+ year old ujoint.
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i should have swapped the other sides ujoint at the same time.. it was from the same 77 axle i got the driver one from
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nice one dude. if it makes you feel any better, my rear ds now rubs on that crossmember that holds up the gastank. that one that it goes over. apparently i must have drug it on something. now its all bent to hell. and rubs on my ds pretty bad. im gonna cut it out tonight and make a new one
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the one that goes OVER the gas tank? or that the driveshaft goes over?

I had to notch the one thats right behind the t-case on my truck.



but my trans cross member is all bent and tweaked to hell, i need to make a beefy one, and while I'm at it'll probably lift the whole driveline and flat bottom it BL for the win.. for once.


OH! and.. for the viewers.. the chunks missing from the caps. that wasn't me removing them! that was how they were while they were ON the axle!
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the one that the driveshaft goes over right behind the tcase. def got smashed up in there and its rubbing all over the place. ive been meaning to notch it for a while so i guess now i have to. lol
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fuel cell.. then make a new cross member that goes over the drive shaft haha... its on my list, pretty low though.


My gas tank skid has a mark all the way down it..
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my gas tank wasnt touched. surprisingly. driveshaft is all beat up. and so is that crossmember. im going to have to get a new ds. might try to find another aluminum one like mine and then use that one for the street and the beat up one for the trail
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yea, I've been looking at picking up a spare drive shaft, i meant to have one before katemcy..

now I'm looking at shortening my wheelbase and I think I'm gonna go as short as a single cab to make finding drive shafts easier... then again there's not too many single cab 4x4s..
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i hate geting u-joints out of an aluminum drive shaft. its sucks big D
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I have a similar issue but i think I blew the little clip off and then the cap worked out letting sand get into it. I am not too thrilled about taking it apart either.
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yea when i had to replace mine it wasnt an easy task. luckily i had a huge nice i just tightened her down with a small and big socket on each side. popped that sucker right out. had to soak it for a while in pb blaster though.
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I just use a few big *** hammers and a vice, sometimes a socket .. seems to work for me. or in the case of changing a ujoint at camp at krocks, a decent size hammer and a trailer. ha

Mine were just ready to go.. between my adventure in the lake and the fact they're old as hell i'm surprised they held on.
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you mean a hammer and the side of a trailer with matt standing on the driveshaft?
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yep, left matt out of the equation my bad..

I tacked the caps of my new u-joint onto the axle shaft.. we'll see if that works out. I need to replace the hub on the driver side now, when i tear it down I'll replace the ujoint on the other side.
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might as well put in some chromos while you have it apart
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I'll get righttttt on that.. maybe buy me some of those for the rest of my payment for the coil overs? Its really not too hard to tear apart so if/when i buy chromos it wont be a huge deal to swap them out

I gotta get money put away for Sema..
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