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Wrong Universal joint strap replacement?


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As part of my rebuild I ordered replacement straps for one of my universal joints.  According to rockauto it is the correct strap (UJ43710)   But it is shallower than the original, so that the ends of the strap are not touching the mount, but sit off about 1/8 of an inch on each side.  This does not look as strong to me.  I don't know if there is a better brand for this part (mine are SKF), or if this is a generic part, and all that is available in this day and age.

Anyone have experience with this?

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If you don't want to mess with replacing the yoke, you can drill the holes out while they are still on the truck.  It's not fun but I did it in about an hour with a corded drill and some good drill bits.  Just be sure to use lubricating oil if you do this. 

 

IMO it was easier to drill them out than to replace the yoke so you don't have to worry about the pinion preload.  If you replace the yoke you have to be very careful to get the proper preload or you will blow your gears apart. 

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