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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Help with Greasable U-joint Install

So, I am trying to install front u-joints. I ordered spicer greasable - I have them in my X, this is my Fronty. There going in fine, but I am having some questions/ issues with the clips.

First, the clips that came out of mine measure 0.063 inches thick - they have a bit of green paint left on them. The new green ones are only 0.061 inches - so 0.002 thinner. So, the old ones looked OK so I re-used them, but I am wondering if that is a good idea. I don't like to use them, but another .002 on each side sounds worse?

The second issue is they included only 3 clips - not 4. There is usually a 4th clip that is shaped different to accommodate the grease zirk.

All 4 joints I ordered from Rock Auto are like this front and back - sealed packaging with only 3 of each type clip / none of the special clip - so must be quality issue? Its like the normal clips without the right hook / tab that blocks the zirk hole. I simply bent one a bit after install the make room for the zirk. Now I am wondering if that was an OK idea?

So I am kind of in the middle of this now (or back to it tonight actually). Suggestions?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 01:27 PM
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It's probably fine to re-use those retainer clips as long as they spring into place ok and fit securely but I think the clips with green paint are aftermarket? Trying to remember but I think the last time I did Spicer u-joints they came with two packs of clips and I didn't use the green ones.

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