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8/3/10 3:48pm - Original Message: 'U-Joints straps'
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Just got my u-joints (driveshaft and axles).

Will be removing the parts tonight, so maybe I'll answer myself,
but in the meantime what do you guy's think of re-using
the driveshaft U-Joint Straps & Bolts and the the halfshaft u-bolts & nuts.

I'm thinking of soaking them in evapo-rust (rust remover) and see their condition.

I don't mind ordering them, but it's a pain when you're in Canada...
that would be another 2 weeks to get them... and more shipping than the actual part price...

Are they very specific; or I could take a chance at a local parts store?

Any precise measurement or quality I would have to look for?

Last question; when putting it back; red lock-tite on the bolts or not?

Thanks,

Steph.
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8/3/10 5:54pm - Reply: 'U-Joints straps'
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I wouldn't have a problem reusing the bolts and straps. As long as they are in good shape. I myself have never used loc-tite on these but I guess it couldn't hurt.

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8/3/10 7:50pm - Reply: 'U-Joints straps'
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I just replaced u-joints in my 72 and used the old u-bolts and straps. I beed blasted them and used new bolts, nuts and washers. Thumbs Up

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8/3/10 10:28pm - Reply: 'U-Joints straps'
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No need to replace them unless they're damaged some way. Clean and reuse! Never used any lock-tite on those things meself. Never felt the need to, and it's sure gonna make it hard to get them back out next time!

IF the bolts/nuts/straps are rusty enough to not be safe, you'll not likely find the proper fasteners at your local hardware store...look for a fastener supply place, if there's one in your area, otherwise, you'll need to order the correct stuff. Sure don't want a halfshaft common loose on ya going down the road....it tears up a lot of fiberglass!!


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8/4/10 10:29am - Reply: 'U-Joints straps'
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I took them out last night (what a pain; my chambered exhaust was a tad in the way; had to remove a portion of it...).  You guy's are right; the brackets/straps have a lot more meat than I tought and they look good (they will look better after cleaning).  I stipped one bolt a little, so I will be replacing at least that one.  The others looks really good.  Also, there was no trace of lock tite and now that I've had my hands in it; I too don't see a need for it.

Couldn't press the u-joints out; didn't have a socket big enough for the "outside" one.  I calculated 30mm.  Would that be correct?  Maybe 31mm to have a buffer?

Thanks the for feedback,

Steph.
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