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Which brand u-joint do you prefer?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JL8Jeff, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. Nov 4, 2018 at 1:13 PM
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    JL8Jeff

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    I think my front u-joint is going bad so I want to replace it. The oem part looks like 04371-04092 (supercedes 04371-04090 and 04371-0K070) for the 2013 2.7 4wd regular cab but I was wondering if any of the other replacement brands are as good or better quality. I'm not seeing a lot of cross references to this part # and most seem to be for the longer trucks with the 2 piece driveshafts.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2018 at 1:18 PM
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    Broccoli

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    I always use moog or moog hd series u joints and wheel bearings. Always had good luck/use with them especially when running heavier larger tires.
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2018 at 1:20 PM
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    Had moogs in for a couple of years, now. Working good
     
  4. Nov 4, 2018 at 1:43 PM
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    Spicer

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    seriously... its what the OEM joints are. Someone can chime in with the Spicer part number for the smaller front driveshaft u joints with the center zerk fitting
     
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    fla_sun

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    I ordered spicer 5-1330-1X u-joints. They look exactly like the original. They were sold as heavy duty but the documentation in the box described them as light/medium duty.
    About $80 something for three delivered from Rock Auto.
    (Rear shaft all joints.) sorry can’t find the front u-joint part numbers.
     
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  6. Nov 4, 2018 at 2:39 PM
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    Do those have the grease fitting in the body cross?
     
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    Pretty sure Matsuba is oem not Spicer (at least it is on first gen Tacoma’s and older pickups).

    http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/toyota-matsuba-matsui-u-joints-universal-joint.html

    Edit; ok it does not look like these are the oem joints for 2nd gens but they should still fit and they’re made in Japan
     
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  9. Nov 4, 2018 at 3:10 PM
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    Yeah realized my mistake and edited the post
     
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  11. Nov 4, 2018 at 3:44 PM
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    Spicer all the way
     
  12. Nov 5, 2018 at 8:43 AM
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    Just curious, does anyone know if there is really a difference with the oem ones from the access cab or double cab compared to the standard cab? Oem shows:
    04371-0K080 for the dual driveshaft trucks
    04371-0K070 for the standard cabs

    edit: oops, had the wrong part numbers so updated it
     
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    Another vote for greasable spicer units
     
  14. Nov 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    Just looking at pictures of the 2 you can see the first one has the c-clips on the outside. And second has c-clips on the inside.

    The u-joint at the pinion should be the same for all Tacoma’s (c-clips on the inside).

    I’ve only ever seen c-clips on the outside of the double cardan joints found on the front half of 2-piece shafts.
     
  15. Nov 5, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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    knottyrope

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    Spicer or lifetime warranty.
     
  16. Nov 8, 2018 at 8:58 AM
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    Pardon my ignorance, but why do the Spicer Ujoints comes with all those snap rings? Different thicknesses?
     
  17. Nov 8, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    You guessed correctly. Use what ever fits the best.
    Approximant measurements:
    copper .0595"
    grey .0605"
    green .0625"

    I just replaced three of these yesterday and used the largest snap ring that would fit.
     
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