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Better tools or tricks for U-joints?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by alpentolic, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. Jun 22, 2018 at 11:39 AM
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    alpentolic

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    I've tried rental ball joint removal kits and large c-clamps, even pie cutting some pipe to get a flush fit but I keep having trouble getting a good hold on the yokes on my 2000 3.4l, because they taper in slightly and the ends don't have much extra material. These are some seriously old u-joints so i need a solution with some decent torque, the last one I ended up having to drill and slide hammer out the cups after soaking in kroil for 2 days.

    Anyone have useful tricks for these yokes? If they were 90 degrees i think a ball joint press would work just fine. Thanks.
     
  2. Jun 22, 2018 at 11:43 AM
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    Shop press, buy one at harbor freight
     
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  3. Jun 23, 2018 at 8:18 AM
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  4. Jun 23, 2018 at 8:40 AM
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    I have a 50 Ton press but even so I find it impossible to change them by myself with the way the Yokes are made.

    Every time I swear I am going to build a fixture to hold them and forget all about it.

    One Person Holds the driveshaft the other lines things up and works the press by far the easiest way I found
     
  5. Jun 23, 2018 at 8:55 AM
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    Something like this but a little shorter then this one will work wonders holding up the back of the shaft
    https://www.amazon.com/DYNAMO-DYOHT58005-Tall-Stand-Pedal/dp/B00IE9KO4G
     
  6. Jun 23, 2018 at 8:58 AM
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    I have something like that It never helped .

    Drive Shaft kept falling off .

    After kinking one it needed replaced I quit I now have a Shop do them cheaper then I can
     
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  7. Jun 23, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    Smash8ight

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    I forget who make it....but there is a attachment for a air hammer.it's hollow and you support the cap with a socket(smaller than cap)and bang away at the top...the top cap winds up in the hollow void.
    I'll take a pic Monday and share....kia u joint for the older sorento is made the same...I have way to much experience with those...lol..
     
  8. Jun 23, 2018 at 10:42 AM
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    slander

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    So true, the way the yokes are designed really pissed me off. Sucks even harder if you have to change one on the trail with sockets.
     

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