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How do you change u-joints

Do you have to drop the rear end?

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No . it is not normal to have to this as the Cross is bolted to the pinion flange with 2 small bolts for each side. The drive shaft will slide out of the rear of the gear box normally or if there is a flange there unbolt the 2 halves of the flange and remove it . Some diff pinions have the same arrangement depending on the make and capacity of the diff and torque requirements

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