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#1 92bronco_in_progress

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Posted 17 November 2008 - 10:33 PM

someone told me that the Double Cardan Joint can go bad.....now this is the first time iver ever heard of this, so of course im gonna pick everyones brain here......can it go bad? and if it ever does what do i have to get to fix it? and where could i possibly find it?

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 07:40 AM

Yes, they do wear out.

You can buy the u-joints at most any parts store. I've ordered the ball and spring from NAPA before, but I guess that any store could order it for you. I doubt anyone keeps them in stock.

Then there's the Spicer dealers. Better quality products, and only marginally more $$. I run the Neapco Brute Force u-joints in mine and they're supposedly "better" than a standard house-brand joint but not as good as a Spicer.
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:33 AM

go to Bronco grave yard .com they got the oe part good price and brute makes a good u-joint ive never put a spicer u joint in before but eery thing wears out .

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Posted 18 November 2008 - 06:24 PM

i never had a problem with any of mine, that why i though it might be BS
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 07:53 PM

i had to get mine completely rebuilt after my lift

the warning sign was that i had serious vibrations after the lift, tried adjusting the pinion angle, didn't work, took the shaft in and the ball was toast
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:18 PM

not wanting to sound dumb but what is it
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 08:30 PM

It is the joint closest to your Tcase on your rear driveshaft, has 2 ujoints in a cast housing. No question is a dumb question if you dont know the answer.
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Posted 18 November 2008 - 10:33 PM

While it's usually the u-jonits that go bad, sometimes the ball and socket portion will go out. There's a small ball bearing and spring seated inside a cup, which can also wear out as it did on my 84 driveshaft. You can buy a repair kit to replace the ball and spring, as well as the new u-joints. JSM84
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Posted 19 November 2008 - 03:57 AM

we have a thread here that includes scans with pictures of how to repair it.
http://broncozone.co...showtopic=12560
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