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U-joint recommendations?

Discussion in 'CJ' started by GR1ND3R, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. Dec 15, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    GR1ND3R [OP] Member

    Nov 14, 2017
    First Name:
    1981 CJ7
    I busted the old rear universal joint on my '81 CJ7. Looks like one of the strap bolts wiggled out so the other bolt broke and the joint twisted out. There was just one clunk and I was going slow at the time - luckily no apparent damage.
    The broken bolt came out easy enough and I'm replacing the busted joint with a Moog joint from AutoZone just to get it rolling again.
    I plan to check (read: tighten) the other joint bolts while I'm at it, but it may be time to just replace them all anyway. I found some serious wear on the very dry joint I removed.
    After this immediate fix, I'll have the luxury of taking the time to order parts online if needed - any recommendations for universal joints? This is a daily driver, so I'm not looking for exotic, just quality.

    1981 CJ7, AMC 304, T176, D300, AMC20, not sure of front end diff yet
    4" lift on 12.5x35"
  2. Dec 15, 2017 at 11:14 AM

    OFFGRID Well-Known Member

    Oct 3, 2016
    First Name:
    1979 Jeep CJ7, 258, TH350, NP208
    Howell fuel injection, header, HEI distributor, TH350, NP208, SOA lift with YJ springs in the front & GW springs in the Rear. AMC20 with G2 1 piece chromos trussed, Dana 30 with G2 chromos and 760x ujoints and MM Stainless Hubs, Geared 4.56. Tom Woods shafts, Metal cloaks, Caged, 37" Toyo MTs.
    Can't go wrong with Moog. I like greaseless joints. They are better sealed and stronger due to more mass in the body. Tom Woods shafts suggest that you always install new strap kits whenever you replace the ujoint which you did since the old bolts broke. I would say you're done.
    aggrex likes this.
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