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Old 06-28-2009, 11:33 AM   #1
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Red face U-Joint Tight after install

I replaced the rear ujoints on the drive shaft (both ends) on my '90 Cherokee with Dana 35.

The end towards the trans seems tight. When I installed the caps to get flush with the clips for install, They really seemed tight, so I knocked the cap towards the outside as much as seemed reasonable untill it was right up against the clips. In comparison - the ujoint on the other end toward the pinion flange seems to have good movement.

The bearings are seated properly ( I checked) and it doesn't bind - just kinda tight in comparison. Is this normal?

One additional question - on the pinion end, the ujoint is attached to the pinion flange with straps on either side on the caps - no groves for clips. Does the tension of the straps hold the caps securely on the ujoint? I also have spacers that go between the strap and the cap - I assume these are standard and not some wierd add-on to make the old ones fit right.

Am I on the right track here?? Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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my ujoints were all flush with the clips....i think you will be fine anyway. The caps looks scary.....but they work.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:22 PM   #3
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as long as the clips are seated in there respective spots you will be ok make sure to grease the ujoits if they arent already before install and also be carefull when installing not to bend the yoke ears
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You ought to take a picture of those spacers... I have never heard of spacers in between the cap and clamp. Those half round clamps should be right up against your cap. Am I understanding what you are saying? A picture would really help.
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Old 06-28-2009, 07:18 PM   #5
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yeah, it happens.
i always take a punch and hammer and give the ears a whack when everything is all back together. this spreads them out enough to make it smooth.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:03 PM   #6
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I know this is an old thread but I just wanted to add what I found yesterday in case it helps somebody that uses the search, and don't think a new thread is worth it.

I had 1 that was tight and tried the above hammer-ear method with no help. Both C clips installed and even though it was difficult to move it still felt smooth so I didn't think a bearing fell off and was in the end of the cap. I decided to check anyway. As soon as I removed the clips it became free. When holding the clips one was noticeably thicker. I tossed it and replaced with a spare. All was good.

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