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Old November 12th, 2009, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Mazza u joint press

i took my half shafts to Mazza today to get them pressed out cause im a little lazy. but when i got home and tried to put in new u joint, it ended up being a little bent on the yoke so i was wondering if any has had this problem before? and where can i go to get a new halfshaft end that connects to the hub? please help i need to know asap.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 01:11 AM   #2
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a half shaft? did you put independent front suspension on your XJ?

I assume your talking about a stub shaft, which i garuntee people have D30 stub shafts everywhere... try the wanted section. or you could order some alloys.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 01:13 AM   #3
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Yeah, that's the part. The yoke into the hub assembly.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #4
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Yes, he's looking for the pass. stub shaft. Can probably just merge this into his WTB post.

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Anyone ever have Mazza or another shop bend their yokes? I'm wondering if he can get anything out of them before he drops $20 on a new one. They pressed out the shafts that meet the diff first, so those are good, but bent the pass. side stub shaft in a hair so the inner depression on the cap doesn't show up.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 06:54 AM   #6
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There is a spec somewhere for the distance between ears. I don't remeber the website or where to get the info. However I have bent the ears on yokes myself before. It happens when you use a shop press to force them out.

Take a brass hammer and hit the ear until you are able to install the joint and get both clips on. Infact I bet if you take it back to them, they will do it for you.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:03 AM   #7
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Yeah, not sure if it's right or not, but I've bent one myself and had to correct it. It happens.
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There is a spec somewhere for the distance between ears. I don't remeber the website or where to get the info. However I have bent the ears on yokes myself before. It happens when you use a shop press to force them out.

Take a brass hammer and hit the ear until you are able to install the joint and get both clips on. Infact I bet if you take it back to them, they will do it for you.
X2 I would definitely go back to them and kindly explain the problem. They should be able to correct it.
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I lied. Its 2.188" in between the ears. Vernier Caliper too measure it. Brass hammer to open it up if its under that number.

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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:27 AM   #10
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There is a spec somewhere for the distance between ears. I don't remeber the website or where to get the info. However I have bent the ears on yokes myself before. It happens when you use a shop press to force them out.

Take a brass hammer and hit the ear until you are able to install the joint and get both clips on. Infact I bet if you take it back to them, they will do it for you.
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I lied. Its 2.188" in between the ears. Vernier Caliper too measure it. Brass hammer to open it up if its under that number.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 07:38 AM   #11
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how bent? they will seem to flex some and you can probably get it to span back out by smacking the outside of the ears.




ok .. maybe I should have read the entire post...
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Old November 12th, 2009, 09:13 AM   #12
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its metal, it bends.... bend it back.
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I don't even use a press on axle shaft joints anymore. Cut the cross out with the torch, and hammer the caps out one by one in the vice.

Saves the headache, and keeps the ears straight.

When we had a smaller press I never had the issue, if the joint didn't move I either wasn't pressing straight, or I needed to tap the shaft with a hammer. With a bigger press (20ton maybe) it doesn't care, it just bends the shit out of stuff.
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I don't even use a press on axle shaft joints anymore. Cut the cross out with the torch, and hammer the caps out one by one in the vice.

Saves the headache, and keeps the ears straight.
i have done that before, worked great. but man one popped so hard it scared the sh1t outta me
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I don't even use a press on axle shaft joints anymore. Cut the cross out with the torch, and hammer the caps out one by one in the vice.

Saves the headache, and keeps the ears straight.

When we had a smaller press I never had the issue, if the joint didn't move I either wasn't pressing straight, or I needed to tap the shaft with a hammer. With a bigger press (20ton maybe) it doesn't care, it just bends the shit out of stuff.
x2 on the torches. I also found that an actual ball joint/u joint press tool works with less damage than a hydraulic press.
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Old November 12th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #16
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mine we're orginals from 1991, 250k miles, pulled out the retainer clips on them, hit 'em with a hammer while in a vice a few times and they we're out, no need for a press.
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