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4 half inch u bolts on the rear of the drive shaft and out it comes easy job 2 of the caps are easily removed the other two are drove into the drive line.. you might need a press or a hammer and a 3/4 socket to get them out.
if there are leaf springs in the rear of both vehicles and the centre bolts of the springs are the same distance apart then it will fit unless the wheels on one are closer to the body than the other. (track) A tape measure will prove this.. The drive pinion and tail shaft u-joint set up should be the same. Check that the diff ratios are the same or you will have transmission problems ( this is the most important point). Difference between front and rear diffs.
put the truck up on a lift where the wheels dangle and check thisshaft by turning the back wheels by hand..listen to how the shaft sounds while turning..check each joint(front and rear for movement up/down slop in the joint/play in there also) repost findings..
Remove transfer case shield. Remove clamp on boot where front drive shaft meets transfer case. use a flat screwdriver to pry free end up and release clamp. (you need a special clamp tool to reinstall clamp ) Remove 4 bolts at differential end that hold U joint Retainers to yoke. Slide drive shaft to rear enough to clear yoke. then let drive shaft drop so it clears differential and slide forward until it come off transfer case shaft.
I'm not sure if balancing is as essential to a half shaft as with a tube-style drive shaft, I think the term half shaft actually refers to the small dual drive shafts on a front wheel drive vehicle, which have CV joints rather than U-joints. Since you say you have replaced the U-joints, I assume you are talking about a single tubular drive shaft. Installing a new drive shaft almost always requires some balancing work. You may have noticed some small weights welded on to the surface of your old drive shaft to balance it's rotation; your new shaft may require similar attention. This is generally not a DIY job.
How difficult was it to remove the old U-Joints? (were you able to extract them with the proper tool, or did you go old school with a nice big hammer?) Sometimes they can be so jammed in there so good that you may accidentally cause a balancing issue trying to get the u-joints out.
Check the plate where your shaft mates with the differential, and see if it got moved a bit. These bolt on tight enough that it won't have moved more than a hair, but that's all it takes. Unless you have a shiny new axle, you should be able to see a faint line in the surface rust where the original position was.
Is your new shaft APPX the same length as the old?
to start with, that is not a u-joint cover, it is a cv joint. if this is a chevy. you will have to pull the cv shaft out of the spindel. first loosen the outter tierod nut on the spindel, do not take off completely but just so its on finger tight. get a large hammer and hit the spindel right where the tierod goes through it. a couple of good shots and it should drop out take off nut and move outter tierod aside. now you are gonna do the same thing to the lower ball joint. only when your ready to hit that part of the spindel where the ball joint goes through get a prybar under the upper controll arm and get a budy to push up on it. as long as the shock is still bolted on your in no danger. pull the spindel out towards you from the bottom and you will have enough room to pull the shaft out of spindel to get the nuts. you might have to put ball joint back in without shaft in place to hold spindel still to break those bolts loose. make sure you use new cotter pins on ball joint and tierod nuts
Yes you can, If you have taken the front drive shaft off, you can even still drive with the CV joint in place till you want to remove it. You may get some vibration around corners till you replace the CV joint or remove it totally.
But if your going to remove it, might as well wait till you have the replacement so you only do the job once. I had a Bad CV joint on a AWD Chevy van and did the same thing so i could still use it, and then replaced the CV joint when the weather got better.
Good luck and hope this helps.
the ansew i found is replacing the seal around the joint and from both end removing it and cleaning it out i had rocks in mine from going threw water and mud ita a all day deal but a twenty doller fix axle shaft oil seal is all i had to replace