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Old 11-30-2010, 10:27 PM
utahpredator_7 utahpredator_7 is offline
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Default Front U-Joints in 1988 4wd

The front U-joints in my 1988 4wd (the ones nearest the tires) are totally shot. I'll be replacing them this weekend. What all do I have to do to replace these? I've done ones on rear drivelines before, so once I get to them I'm home free. Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:31 PM
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Default Re: Front U-Joints in 1988 4wd

awesome....just did mine about a month ago

the driver side is easy

pull the wheel off
remove caliper
remove spindle nuts
remove 5 5/8 bolts around spindle
remove spindle.....easier said than done....used a RUBBER hammer and a flat screwdriver and work SLOWLY
pull axle out
remove u-joint
put everything back


the passenger side is almost identical EXCEPT
you have to remove the differential to remove the C-clip that holds the axle in place
(the driver side doesn't have one)
you can eliminate the c-clip by adding a cheater spring in the slip join of the axle

other than that its cake

i've got it down to where i can remove both sides in about 20 minutes
but if this is the 1st time you've taken yours apart...expect a few hours

the spindles will be the hardest
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