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Old 03-23-2013, 05:29 PM
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How easily should the slip-joint, slip?

Ok so I was installing my lift blocks today and shoved the axle too far back to get it out of the way and my drive-shaft fell apart at the slip joint. (2 piece drive-shaft) So I went to put it back together and its going to take a hammer and a wood block to get it back together, its splined but is there only one way in which it will go back together? Or are all the splines the same?
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:19 PM
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whats is ur question is there a issue reinstalling the d/s spline into trans output??
the splines should be all same there is no (keyway or oversized natch)
it should go in with min. force clean and lube before reinstalling
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:35 PM
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How easily should the slip-joint, slip?

Ya I was wondering if there was a keyway or something of that sort. I am having trouble getting it back together easily and didn't want to mess up anything by hammering it. Right now I have it on about 1/3 way but I can't push it together or pull it apart by hand.

And the slip joint I'm referring to is just after the carrier bearing, towards the rear diff. (2 piece drive shaft) But it functions the same way a normal slip joint into the transmission/transfer case, would.




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Took it off today and got it out in the sun where I could look at it. There is key-way of sorts, one oversized spline & groove. Lined up correctly, lubed it up well and put it back on.
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i have read about there not being a key of sorts as well. I wonder what trucks they are driving. I have just recently greased both slip joints and they both had a locator spline.
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What do you use for the sleeve clamps, or were you able to reuse them?
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I used a big zip tie and got it really tight.


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i was able to re-use them. I used a skinny flat screw driver to spread the clamp to allow the boot to be slipped back on the shaft and then to get the clamp tight again i used a pair of side cuts. I also tried a hammer hitting a flat screw driver with another flat screw driver on the other side propped up against the nearest object to hold it in place while hitting the first screw driver. Confusing i know but not sure how to explain it otherwise...

Try the side cut method and then i used black silicone around the boot ends to keep dirt and moisture out.
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