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Old January 9th, 2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Alloy USA u joints

I was looking on eBay at spicer U joints for my Dana 44 and alloy USA joints popped up
The cross looks very similar to a spicer joint but it is a greasable joint through a fitting in each cap

I was wondering if anyone has used these joints and had any comments on them far as strength and quality
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Old January 10th, 2014, 09:50 PM   #2
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Anyone?
Or do I just buy spicers and modify each cap for a grease fitting?
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Old January 10th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #3
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I used em before. ...on a dana 44, never had a joint break...it was always the chromoly shafts.
Gotta have full circle snap rings.

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Old January 10th, 2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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These will be going in stock shafts
I don't need a joint that's stronger then the spicer just liked the idea of them being greasable
I could machine the shafts for full circle clips but I haven't had an issue with my current shafts yet and it looks like these joints come with both style clips
I'm just trying to see if they are worth spending twice as much money
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I'd say run spicers, no need for any extra beef.
:) why do you want greasable joints? Spicers work and last well the way they are? JW...
With stock shafts, I wouldn't worry about circle clips either. .

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I agree
The spicers would just last longer if I could grease them
They are submitted to a fair amount of mud and the price seems to be going up every time it go to buy them
I'm kinda wondering about machining spicer caps for grease fitting myself instead of buying the alloy USA joints
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The spicers will not be drilled through the cross, so you will have to drill each cap individually... I don't know about you but I don't think I want 4 grease nipples spinning around on my front axle shaft. There is a good chance they will get knocked off by sticks and crap. Then with nothing in the hole, you will get contamination from water and dirt.
Also if it is the forged Spicer, they come with instructions saying not to mix caps with cross locations and also not to add any grease as they have exactly what is required in each cap.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:56 AM   #8
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The spicers will not be drilled through the cross, so you will have to drill each cap individually... I don't know about you but I don't think I want 4 grease nipples spinning around on my front axle shaft. There is a good chance they will get knocked off by sticks and crap. Then with nothing in the hole, you will get contamination from water and dirt.
Also if it is the forged Spicer, they come with instructions saying not to mix caps with cross locations and also not to add any grease as they have exactly what is required in each cap.

I wouldn't use a traditional grease zerk I would use the same kind that is on the alloyusa ones
It's a lower profile one that requires the needle adapter
And a lot of the high dollar joints have a fitting on each cap like the Yukon super joints and I believe the longfields as well

I wonder if it would really hurt the joint by adding more grease though
I know the spicers have like a double grease seal that is supposed to be really good
Do you think adding more grease would blow out the seal?
I could make sure that I don't mix caps with some tape fairly easily

Just fishing for opinions on an idea I got
I don't want to ruin $50 in brand new spicers
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Iono..I'd leave em. I got spicers with 100,000 hard miles on em in my DD, my rig has some hard wheeling on my spicers and they've been good to me, un modified. BUT no one ever got anywhere by NOT thinking outside the box...


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i believe the caps are hardened
wich is why they crack and break instead of bend
wich is why you're going to have one hell of a time drilling and tapping them for a grease zerk fitting.


buy the spicers, don't look back, it's just a ujoint not hard to change.
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