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Hi , I am trying to remove and replace the two u-joints on my 71z(the ones on the drive shaft)
I got one almost removed , just have to get one more cap off, I need to know the best way to put them on without damageing the bearings , any help would be helpfull

thanks in advance
 

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> Hi , I am trying to remove and replace the
> two u-joints on my 71z(the ones on the drive
> shaft)
> I got one almost removed , just have to get
> one more cap off, I need to know the best
> way to put them on without damageing the
> bearings , any help would be helpfull

> thanks in advance

First of all I have found that it is worth the little extra dinero to get the high quality u-joints. They have more roller bearings, are made stronger, and best of all last longer. The easiest way I found to put the caps back on was to pack the **** out of it with high temp. (VERY IMPORTANT if you don't like to do this often) grease. Let the grease hold the bearings in place. Tap on the cap with a small hammer (you should really place a small piece of wood between to keep from denting the cap) until it is snugged in. Getting them off is a **** of a lot harder then putting them back together.
JN
 

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> First of all I have found that it is worth
> the little extra dinero to get the high
> quality u-joints. They have more roller
> bearings, are made stronger, and best of all
> last longer. The easiest way I found to put
> the caps back on was to pack the **** out of
> it with high temp. (VERY IMPORTANT if you
> don't like to do this often) grease. Let the
> grease hold the bearings in place. Tap on
> the cap with a small hammer (you should
> really place a small piece of wood between
> to keep from denting the cap) until it is
> snugged in. Getting them off is a **** of a
> lot harder then putting them back together.
> JN

Many years ago when I had to fit uni joints to various cars we always put the new joints in the freezer for a couple of hours prior to fitting the cold causes the metal to shrink and they press in much easier, use a vice and a socket to press the caps into place
good luck
Howard
 
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