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U-Joint Recommendations

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Caltech90, Jan 25, 2017.

  1. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:06 PM
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    Caltech90

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    My rear drive shaft u-joints need to be replaced and I'm looking for recommendations on which ones to go with. Should I go back with OEM or upgraded aftermarket u-joint? I use 4WD a good bit but, nothing extreme mostly hunting. I just want some good quality ones.
     
  2. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:20 PM
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    Spicer life series 1330 with zerks, same as OEM?
     
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    I'm not sure what P/N the OEM are but, I think they are spicer.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:31 PM
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    I believe zerked Spicers is the correct answer.
     
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  7. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:45 PM
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    I paid $90 for OEM Toyota Spicer life with zerk for 4x4, come to find out a Scicer life series 1330 with zerk is the same size and can be bought on Amazon for $26. Make sure you get one with the round center just like your original.
     
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    That is it! I would suggest a brick and mortar store like Napa if you're concerned, plus warranty is easier. Napa up here carries the Spicers.
     
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    I have a $100 Amazon gift card I wanted to use but, I would feel better getting them from Napa.
     
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  13. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:54 PM
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    Get that one.
     
  14. Jan 25, 2017 at 5:57 PM
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    Does it matter that the zerk is on the end cap? The ones I have now are angled in the center of the joint.
     
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  15. Jan 25, 2017 at 6:03 PM
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    My original rear driveshaft has zerks on the end caps, but my front driveshaft has zerks in the center( I'm talking about the driveshaft for the front axle not the front of the rear driveshaft).
     
  16. Jan 25, 2017 at 6:26 PM
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    I wonder if my rear driveshaft has been replaced. I'm getting a grinding sound from the driveline only when I let off the gas in 4th or 5th gear. The slip yoke does have a small amount of play in it but, so do the u-joints so I thought I would change them first.
     
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  17. Jan 25, 2017 at 6:34 PM
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    I don't have many posts on TW, but I have had the same issue your describing. Read through my posts about this issue for tips to get rid of it. I eventually did, but it's back because I lifted my truck more in the rear recently with dakars. The new lift stretched my rear driveshaft an additional 1/2 inch. This is unique to regular cabs, good luck.
     
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  18. Jan 26, 2017 at 8:09 AM
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    What was the cure before you lifted it again?
     
  19. Jan 26, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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  20. Jan 26, 2017 at 2:11 PM
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    Driveshaft spacer, flip driveshaft 180, mark and pull driveshaft apart at splines and grease splines with moly lube.
     
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