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Offline joe98tj

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Ujoint removal
« on: December 05, 2017, 06:39:59 PM »
I know everyone is a huge fan of the cheap and effective hammer and socket for getting out joints but has anyone ever invested in a u joint removal tool? Is it worth it?

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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 06:41:39 PM »
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 06:47:12 PM »
hammer & socket usually but if I plan ahead I borrow Broken's $100 U-joint tool

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Ujoint removal
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 06:48:45 PM »
I do them with a hammer, way faster. Ian used a fancy tool and was breaking u joints.


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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 06:50:32 PM »
I've done plenty with a hammer. Just wondering if its less of a hassle with the tool.
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 07:38:19 PM »
I use a cheap HF ball joint "C" press, but I've watched a bunch of folks here use the hammer, or hammer and vice methods...
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 07:43:42 PM »
Hammer and socket. :mrgreen:

Just not Pete's hammer! :rolleyes:
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 10:42:13 PM »
Honestly just a hammer works so well ! Not even worth the bother of a socket, not to mention craftsman won't warranty it when you fart it up. Hold the shaft in your hand, smash the ears with the hammer. The caps should walk out
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2017, 08:24:20 AM »
I have an old, cheap impact socket that works well and is no longer usable as a socket as it has been mushroomed and ground multiple times! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 09:52:28 AM »
I'm gonna buy the tool, I'll let yall know how it works out
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 10:11:43 AM »
Careful with the tool.  I've seen ears get bent with it.  Hammer and a little Kroil or Creep.
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2017, 10:22:31 AM »
I agree. Bad things can happen when you use any type of press to force a u-joint out. Use the hammer method to break it free, then if you want, finish with the press.
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2017, 12:08:32 PM »
Honestly just a hammer works so well ! Not even worth the bother of a socket, not to mention craftsman won't warranty it when you fart it up. Hold the shaft in your hand, smash the ears with the hammer. The caps should walk out

I tried that after I saw you doing it on Henry's axles. I got no where and ended up using a hammer an socket
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 12:51:26 PM »
You need a bigger hammer! :mrgreen:
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2017, 12:53:52 PM »
I use a socket and a 20 Ton press.
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #15 on: December 06, 2017, 01:02:40 PM »
KANO AeroKroil helps a lot!

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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2017, 02:27:43 PM »
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2017, 04:40:54 PM »
If I have really ugly rusted u-joints, I take out the cross with the torch then push the caps in to remove them.  This works really well on the axle u-joints where you can't get the clips out. 

Once the yoke is cleaned up I reinsert the caps with my vice.   Be sure to oil up the yokes before pressing in the new caps.

I have a ball joint pres, but have had better luck with the vice.  It seems to keeps the caps parallel better.  I have bent the yokes using the ball joint press.

Someone is going to have to show me the hammer technique, never seen it.
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2017, 05:39:14 PM »
Yeah I always but them back in the vice

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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2017, 07:20:32 PM »
Vice, 2 different size sockets to push and allow the outgoing cap to slide into the larger socket or pipe. Oil the crap out of it, bind it slightly, tap tap tap ping, press, spit...

Press with vice evenly going back in making sure the yoke is aligned...
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2017, 07:21:37 PM »
My vice isnt big enough to fit sockets to press em out.

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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2017, 09:20:39 PM »
Come to my house and do it...
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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2017, 10:12:40 PM »
The hammer technique has never failed me, was just looking to exort less effort

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Re: Ujoint removal
« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2017, 10:52:28 PM »
I go the joe show way and torch that mofo out!!
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