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U-JOINT TOOL TEST

By Mike "TXJEEPER" Cohn

So what does it take to use the U-Joint Tool? Follow along as we walk you through the process. In this case, we are assuming you already have the driveshaft off of the vehicle and on your workbench. Our test shaft is a Tom Wood Custom Drive Shaft with 1310 Spicer U-Joints.

Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 1: Place the main body of the U-Joint Tool over the yoke and spin the main screw head down over the u-joint's bearing cap.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 2: Using a 3/4" hexagonal socket and a 1/2" drive ratchet, turn the bolt clockwise, so as you tighten the bolt, the bolt presses down as the tool pulls up, thus pushing the u-joint downward
   
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 2 (cont.): Here you can see the u-joint starting to move to the left. Push the u-joint as far as you can. In our case, the bearing cap stuck out roughtly 3/8" or so.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 3: Once the bearing cap is sticking out, clean the grease off of the bearing cap and use some emory cloth to rough the cap up so it's easier to grab.
   
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 4: Attach the collet by placing it over the exposed bearing cap. The cap fits inside perfectly. Tighten the collet with the supplied Allen wrench.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 5: Next, slide the main body onto the collet. The object here is to remove the bearing cap from this end, so we need to extract it.
   
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 5 (cont.): Turn the ratchet counter-clockwise and the collet will begin to pull the bearing cap out.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 5 (cont.): The cap will come off and stay in the collet. You are now 1/2-way finished.
   
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 6: Basically, we are now going to repeat the above steps. Place the main body on the end sticking out.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 7: Crank the ratchet clockwise until the bearing cap protrudes from the opposite end.
   
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
Step 8: Use the collet as in Steps 4 and 5 to remove the bearing cap.
Removing a U-Joint with the U-Joint Tool
The u-joint can now be easily removed from yoke. Voila! You're done!

 

 

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