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  This topic is about my 1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500
John J Avatar
John J John B
Kirkland, WA, USA   USA
I'm getting ready to replace the U-Joints on my 75 Spitfire driveshaft. I found lots of posts on the type to choose but there are so many options discussed I was left without a clear direction. What brand model and supplier is recommended for driveshaft U-Joints?

I link would be very helpful there seem to be many choices.

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Smithisretired Michael Smith
Wells, ME, USA   USA
The guys at Rimmer Brothers have never let me down yet.
https://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID005727

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
I like SKF, but Hardy Spicer and GKN are also good.

Just stay with brand name parts.

http://www.yoyopart.com/oem/13454489/skf-uj341.html



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017-09-24 05:59 PM by Tonyfixit.

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SpiTazz72 Bryan H
Magnolia, TX, USA   USA
I found the type u-joints with the grease fitting that comes out of the center of the cross is a worthless option. The fitting is not accessable without installing an extended length zerk and they can break of easily.
My 2 cents.

John J Avatar
John J John B
Kirkland, WA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1487681 by SpiTazz72 I found the type u-joints with the grease fitting that comes out of the center of the cross is a worthless option. The fitting is not accessable without installing an extended length zerk and they can break of easily.
My 2 cents.

I agree

Has anyone tried these? They seem almost too inexpensive but I like the grease zerk being on the end of the cap.

http://www.autozone.com/powertrain/u-joint/duralast-u-joint/831180_759534_4227

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grubscrew grub screw
The suburbs of, Winfield, Maryland, USA   USA
In reply to # 1487681 by SpiTazz72 I found the type u-joints with the grease fitting that comes out of the center of the cross is a worthless option. The fitting is not accessable without installing an extended length zerk and they can break of easily.
My 2 cents.

The zerk doesn't stay in place, it gets removed and replaced with a screw plug.



Dave
1970 Spitfire Mk3
FDU 78359L
34/11 (Jasmine yellow/Black interior)

1962 Triumph TR3B
TCF 575L
Signal Red/Red interior

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1487682 by John J
In reply to # 1487681 by SpiTazz72 I found the type u-joints with the grease fitting that comes out of the center of the cross is a worthless option. The fitting is not accessable without installing an extended length zerk and they can break of easily.
My 2 cents.

I agree

Has anyone tried these? They seem almost too inexpensive but I like the grease zerk being on the end of the cap.

http://www.autozone.com/powertrain/u-joint/duralast-u-joint/831180_759534_4227

John,
I have those. Get better quality U-joints. Those seem to give vibration in the drivetrain from new. I think GKN does one with the zerk in the cup.
All the best,
Paul

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
The UJ I suggested (SKF) and pictured, has the grease zirk in the cap.
greasing is VERY easy, just Plug and Squirt!

NEVER had one fail.

John J Avatar
John J John B
Kirkland, WA, USA   USA
In reply to # 1487772 by Tonyfixit The UJ I suggested (SKF) and pictured, has the grease zirk in the cap.
greasing is VERY easy, just Plug and Squirt!

NEVER had one fail.

Where would I find these? Do you have a link to the supplier that carries them?

Thanks
John

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
In reply to # 1487780 by John J
In reply to # 1487772 by Tonyfixit The UJ I suggested (SKF) and pictured, has the grease zirk in the cap.
greasing is VERY easy, just Plug and Squirt!

NEVER had one fail.

Where would I find these? Do you have a link to the supplier that carries them?

Thanks
John

Sorry I buy them from our local industrial supply store as I am in Canada, that probably dosent help you much.

You could likely get then from Autozone, Summit of some of the other big sippliers, they are NOT a Triumph specific part. Tip: Don't say you want a UJ for a Triumph! they will only tell you what, if anything, is listed on there computer. Order by part number and specify zirk in the cap.

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Greg1835 Greg S
Rudolph, WI, USA   USA
John,
I got some from this seller on e-bay. They are SKF's with the zerk in the cap.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/262505800869?rmvSB=true

John J Avatar
John J John B
Kirkland, WA, USA   USA
Thanks for all your help. I wound up just ordering a set from Rimmer Brothers.

Tonyfixit Avatar
Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
In reply to # 1487919 by John J Thanks for all your help. I wound up just ordering a set from Rimmer Brothers.


What brand are the selling these days?

John J Avatar
John J John B
Kirkland, WA, USA   USA
I think they are Spicer? But won't know for sure until they arrive.

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Looking at the part # they could be GKN , which are good thumbs up

I used to keep a 'chamber of horrors' of failed UJ's that I had removed from axels, some only 2k miles old.

Typically the no-names types had a low # of large rollers in the cap, on a small spider bearing.

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