SYE and drive shaft kit from Adam's Driveshafts

mrblue5150

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Hello all. I’m getting ready to purchase this kit for my 2003 TJ. I live in Concord, Ca. Anyone know of a reputable mechanic that will install for me.
 
Most people on the forum do this job themselves, but either way this post will move it back to the top so it won’t get lost in the shuffle!
 
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There are a ton of youtube videos on how to do it. Worth giving it a shot maybe?
 
I'll pile on... opening up something with a bunch of gears and stuff probably seems really intimidating, but this job is about as easy as they come. The ONLY hard part about the job is either (a) finding the correct lock ring pliers OR (b) getting the snap rings off with other tools. Bleepin jeep has a great walkthrough of the whole process. Plus we're here to help!


edit: corrected snap to lock. LOCK ring pliers are what you need.
 
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The only thing about snap ring pliers you need to worry about for this job is if they open widely enough to get the snap ring off. Some do, some don't. I ended up buying mine off a mobile tool truck I saw parked at a car dealership.
 
I'd recommend doing it yourself, and start by buying a set of LOCK ring pliers. Snap ring pliers will inevitably lead you to the wrong tool for the job. Other than that, some gasket scrapers, RTV and basic hand tools, you can do it pretty easily. I bought a set of lock ring pliers off of Amazon that worked well.
 
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This is a very easy job that you can do yourself. Having said that, I too would like to know of a good shop or mechanic in the Concord, CA area to do significantly heavier maintenance. Any recommedations?
 
I'd recommend doing it yourself, and start by buying a set of LOCK ring pliers. Snap ring pliers will inevitably lead you to the wrong tool for the job. Other than that, some gasket scrapers, RTV and basic hand tools, you can do it pretty easily. I bought a set of lock ring pliers off of Amazon that worked well.
I corrected my post. Yes, lock ring pliers are what you need. And you'll find that most people & places will assume you mean snap ring pliers. I ended up getting my pair from Napa for about $20, although I was able to get around not having the right tool by grinding down a set of channel locks.
 
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Copy that. That’s guys for the input. My buddy who is more mechanically inclined than me is going to help me out. That way if I get stuck he can pull me out. I just need more confidence in the auto mechanic world. I am just a caveman when it comes to that stuff.
 
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Don't know if anyone will read this, but I got the SYE and new driveshaft from Adams Drive Shaft. Fully installed and man what a difference it made. No more vibrations at a certain RPM. I actually feel the Jeep drives much smoother all around. Thanks guys for the help.