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    Billet u-joint straps?

    So I blew out my rear driveshaft over the weekend. Seems to have pulled the yoke straps out. I worry I may have lost a nut by the way one of the straps is bent.

    So I am ordering a new joint, but I just saw that you can also get these billet strap kits or girdle . Anyone ever use them? What is your experience? I have some concerns that they are a little more bulky then the straps and being at the pinion, could catch rocks easier. But there is more contact with the caps and are surely stronger??



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    Holy cow! That seems like overkill.

    What ever happened to drilling out the yoke to convert to the u-bolts? That was the usual fix over 10 years ago when I still played with Jeep CJs.
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    That's not my pic, but the Ford 9" yoke is the u-bolt strap.

    But what I believe my real issue is...lose u-bolts holding the spring pack to the axle. I have one sheared centering bolt. Time to replace it and tighten things up again. I'll probably just go back together with the u-bolts.

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    the height of that piece would be what I think be the big issue when the drive shaft is at full drop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 74BuckinBronc View Post
    So I blew out my rear driveshaft over the weekend. Seems to have pulled the yoke straps out. I worry I may have lost a nut by the way one of the straps is bent.

    So I am ordering a new joint, but I just saw that you can also get these billet strap kits or girdle . Anyone ever use them? What is your experience? I have some concerns that they are a little more bulky then the straps and being at the pinion, could catch rocks easier. But there is more contact with the caps and are surely stronger??



    Thanks!
    I run the high angle driveline yoke and ubolts. The ubolts are beef enough that they massaged the yoke and the ubolts won. Highly recommend. Also a bit easier to install in my opinion not that either are hard.....

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    I've been using these on my 14B without any issues http://www.greatlakeoffroad.com/GLO-Yoke-Girdles.html

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    When installing U bolts be careful not to over tighten them....
    The benefits from MILSPEC requirements are priceless!

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    I decided against them for this application. Being the pinion yoke, they are very exposed!

    But greentj - thanks for the link. Ironically, GLO has a decent price on the yoke I need!

    Anyone know what the torque specs are for the u-bolts? I'm temped to also lock-tite them!

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