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Old 08-24-2011, 08:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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TJ front driveshaft question

I removed my front ds this weekend to replace the u-joints and cure my angry sparrows problem. It was going well until I started to disassemble the cv joint. I had never removed one before and managed to puke the needle bearings all over my workbench. Anybody know what that part with the boot and needle bearings is called? Mine is toast, and all the local parts stores along with the dealership didn't know wtf I was asking for. The best I could get was the dealership telling me to buy a new ds. I'm not going that route as it'd be cheaper to go with an aftermarket shaft at that point.
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Are you talking about the slip joint of the shaft? I've taken mine apart before don't recall any needle bearings falling out
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Old 08-24-2011, 08:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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ive never seen needle bearings in any drive shaft. thats strange! my TJ ds doesnt have needle bearings

are you talking about the needle bearings that are inside the U-Joint caps? thats what it sounds like to me. have you ever replaced a U-Joint before? im not trying to be rude just asking.
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Its the centering yoke. Sometimes called a ball yoke or centering ball. Make sure the stud on the end yoke is in decent shape. There is also a spring that lives in there. You need a 1310 series for a stock tj. Napa sometimes has them in stock.
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Its the centering yoke. Sometimes called a ball yoke or centering ball. Make sure the stud on the end yoke is in decent shape. There is also a spring that lives in there. You need a 1310 series for a stock tj. Napa sometimes has them in stock.
^this. Went to napa yesterday and they had the repair kit for it, but if I remember correctly the whole setup rides inside a rubber boot, which was cracked and all around fucked up on mine, which I think is what was causing the noise (cracks=no more grease). Basically I'm wondering if I can get the boot and shit anywhere. And I could be wrong about the needle bearings, they may have come from one of the u joints, but I got pretty disgusted with myself when I got a handful of them and haven't fucked with it for a few days.
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You can buy the boot separate. Rockford driveline IIRC. Catalogs are a bit complex but you should be able to source it from them.
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You could also get parts from a driveline shop.
They usually have lots of this type of thing in stock
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Driveline shop

I got a new centering assembly for mine for about $10 more than the rebuild kit.
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One quick question as I plan on doing this this weekend. If the centering ball and sleeve look alright, should I still replace it. My angry sparrows comes and goes so I am going to replace the ujoints up front to see if this cures it. Anything I should do to the centering ball if it still looks ok? grease it, clean it etc....? thanks for any help~Chris
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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You could grease it, but if you have it apart.....
And a new one should have a zerk on it.
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