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super joints

any body have any experience with them?

Im going to get some cromo shafts for my D44 and Im trying to decide if I should
upgrade to the 760x joint or spend the extra couple hundred for the super joints

1978-79 F150 & BRONCO CHROME-MOLY AXLE KIT W/ 760 U-JOINTS (24134)

78-79 BRONCO & F150 CHROME-MOLY AXLE KIT W/SUPER U-JOINTS (24136)
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ther are tons of the Spicer 760s running around with the Alloy/Superior shafts in Rubicons, and I have yet to see many fail. If you are running 35 or less I'd have no worries with the 760s.
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I plan on runing 37's
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Have you looked at RCVs? They are $$, but SUPER nice....better turning, damn near bulletproof. I have a set that will replace my Alloys soon.
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Yeah I have been checking them out, and am realy leaning in that direction

seems like all the stongest u-joints are with out needle bearings, and not so good for highway speeds
and most need greased almost after every run
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ctm u joints. be done with it.
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$1100 for superior evolution series cromo shafts and ctm u-joints

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$1200 for the rcv shafts, with 30 spline outers
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i choose option A
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i choose option A

Why?
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mmmmmmm....SHINY!!!!
about got'er cleaned up, almost ready for some paint

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and I decided to go with the rcv's, definatly the best for all the hwy miles my truck sees
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Looks great! I haven't had a chance to call you. I will this weekend though.
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and I decided to go with the rcv's, definatly the best for all the hwy miles my truck sees
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Good choice. If by chance they come with the self locking style nuts, send them back and get the newer staked style nuts with machined relief on the outer stubs. Friend had serious problems with a run of those nuts, unit bearings were falling apart. They redesigned them but there are still some of the old style floating around. RCV will take care of it though, great customer service and great shafts!
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Looks great! I haven't had a chance to call you. I will this weekend though.
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Good choice. If by chance they come with the self locking style nuts, send them back and get the newer staked style nuts with machined relief on the outer stubs. Friend had serious problems with a run of those nuts, unit bearings were falling apart. They redesigned them but there are still some of the old style floating around. RCV will take care of it though, great customer service and great shafts!
yeah the rcv's are awsome, gives'em about the same strength as stock D60
and thanks for the info

the plan:
get extended radius arms
get new transfercase skid plate/trany crossmember/radius arm mount all in one
get coilover shocks and the mounts
get rcv shafts/30 spline warn lockouts/ and pretty sure i'll have to bore the spindles
get solid diff cover to match the back
get 4.88 ring and pinion/install kit
get steering box/hoses/fitings,steering shaft/drop pitman arm
get new drive shaft
get new seals bearings
ball joints look pretty good but probably replacing while Im there
maybe new hubs/rotors
I should of just bought an empty housing...lol but i am
keeping the knuckles, track bar, tie rod, drag link,calipers/backing plates, spindles... for now
and keeping the spool... for now

it will probably be a couple months befor I can get every thing rounded up and ready for install
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How did the RCVs turn out? I now have a set awaiting install on the Jeep......
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They make them for a D44 now? I wanna see them too!
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