Front drive shaft

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  1. mayordaily

    mayordaily Member

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    I'm looking to replace the front drive shaft on my 2002 Disco and am wondering if I need to also replace the centering ball unit.? Are there any other components that I need to look at?
     
  2. joey

    joey Custom Rover Accessories Staff Member

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    Not sure what you mean by the centering ball unit....

    Driveshaft you can just replace the U-joints, unless you goal is to get a better setup.
     
  3. mayordaily

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    drive shaft

    Hi Joey,
    In my rush to post my question I failed to state I was looking to "rebuild" the front shaft. I read somewhere that in addition to purchasing u-joints it's recommended to also pick up a centering ball kit??? I had assumed that the u-joint is a complete unit. In addition to the u-joint, are there any other parts you recommend that I swap when working on the shaft? My mounting collars are rusty but seem solid. Thanks for the quick response to my original posting!
     
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    joey Custom Rover Accessories Staff Member

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    I would think the U-joints should do the job.
     
  5. chris02disco

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    Hello
    I just rebuilt my front prop shaft a few months ago. I would recommend getting the "center ball kit". I didn't and it was a pain to get it back together and lined up correctly. I may have to replace mine eventually because the rubber cover was starting to crack. I guess it is just another thing that I have to keep an eye on. Remember if you replace your u joints with greasable ones grease them at every oil change. Hope this helps.
     
  6. antichrist

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    Absolutely replace the centering ball as well.
    If you have a place like Advance Auto Parts near you you can get PDQ 10005 u-joint which is in reality a reboxed Neapco u-joint, cost is about $14 each. If you can't find PDQ then the Neapco same PN will run you $25-$30.
    Centering kit PN is Neapco 7-0081NG.
     
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  7. mayordaily

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    thanks

    Thanks for all the input!
     
  8. Disco Mike

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    You absolutely have to replace the centering ball kit or your shaft will fail in short order.
     
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    I think it really depends on how bad the Unis in the Hookes Joint have degraded to. Sometimes it's OK just to replace the two unis if the center ball joint is still OK.
     
  10. antichrist

    antichrist Full Access Member

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    Yeah, but why bother? You're 3/4 of the way there to replace the centering ball when you have both u-joints out. Yes, if you're doing it out on a trail, but in your garage, or a shop, it's silly not to.
     

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