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Replacing front axle u-joints


Ron Hall

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I had a lucky catch on a axle ujoint which had lost a keeper. We were in the San Juans when I found it. I tapped the protruding cup down and got back to the campground. I installed a keeper from an off brand ujoint. That got the Rubicon home to Arkansas with frequent inspections.

My 06 rubi has 65k and we do some moderate jeep trails in our SW Colorado summers. Boulders and water crossings are normal. My wife drives it about 1k miles each way and I pull a 5th wheel travel trailer.

I am preparing to pull both front axles for new spicer ujoints. I will check the ball joints, suspension and steering. What should I consider replacing with those axles out?
 

MountaineerTom

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I thought I had an axle U-joint going out. Popping sound while turning. (Turned out to be my engine skid had loosened up where it mates to the transfer case skid. 🤦‍♂️) Anyway, the point of this post is that I had 125,000 miles on these original (I'm assuming) U-joints, so at 65,000, you may not need them. These are the driver's side, but both sides looked the same. For the record, I'm not upset that I replaced them though, my Jeep is getting more off-road time now than it used to.

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Ron Hall

Ron Hall

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I thought I had an axle U-joint going out. Popping sound while turning. (Turned out to be my engine skid had loosened up where it mates to the transfer case skid. 🤦‍♂️) Anyway, the point of this post is that I had 125,000 miles on these original (I'm assuming) U-joints, so at 65,000, you may not need them. These are the driver's side, but both sides looked the same. For the record, I'm not upset that I replaced them though, my Jeep is getting more off-road time now than it used to.

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I do not trust the one I caught at all. I felt fortunate to get it home.

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