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Old 01-12-2009, 03:48 PM   #1
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Anybody had to deal with changing out there drive shaft due to there u joints going bad. My u joints are starting to go stiff, i have been looking for U joints to replace them, but no luck, according to subaru you have to replace the whole drive shaft. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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Usually going bad there is a lot of slop to them .Going stiff is a bad thing ?
Most ppl just get a new/used shaft ( no pun intended) since they're really not serviceable, Maybe try spraying some "penetrate" lube like P.B?
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:13 PM   #3
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You pretty well have to replace the whole drive shaft. U joints aren't replaceable. May as well look into a lighter one, I would get the aluminium one if I had to do it again...
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Old 01-12-2009, 07:22 PM   #4
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The joints are non serviceable in the subaru shafts, you'll have to replace the whole shaft.

If you need a replacement, let me know

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:43 PM   #5
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Just throwing this out there, since I have not looked into it...

My local machine shop did some driveshaft-related work for me recently, and they suggested looking for a u-joint kit that would fit the STI driveshaft. The owner said that there should be something that will work with the wide variety of cars on the road these days. The one that came with my swap had some serious flat spots in the u-joints. It would most likely require some machining, and the old u-joints would have to be pressed out, but in the end you would have an STI driveshaft with ungraded, changeable u-joints.

This may not be possible due to the lack of available replacement u-joints, but evidently it is common on a lot of other types of cars with non-serviceable u-joints. Seems like it is worth a look, no?
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Old 01-13-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
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Just throwing this out there, since I have not looked into it...

My local machine shop did some driveshaft-related work for me recently, and they suggested looking for a u-joint kit that would fit the STI driveshaft. The owner said that there should be something that will work with the wide variety of cars on the road these days. The one that came with my swap had some serious flat spots in the u-joints. It would most likely require some machining, and the old u-joints would have to be pressed out, but in the end you would have an STI driveshaft with ungraded, changeable u-joints.

This may not be possible due to the lack of available replacement u-joints, but evidently it is common on a lot of other types of cars with non-serviceable u-joints. Seems like it is worth a look, no?
Yeah somebody also told me I might be able to try to measuring them and find a close match and pressing them in. The only problem is, I don't know if they are pressed in or what actually holds them together. I do think this is possible to do and I am probally gonna order a new shaft and when I get the old one out, I will mess with it and try to replace the u joints. I was just wondering if anybody has actually tried it yet. Either way I will post the results when I do it. If anybody else has any insight, let me know. Thanks
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Yeah somebody also told me I might be able to try to measuring them and find a close match and pressing them in. The only problem is, I don't know if they are pressed in or what actually holds them together. I do think this is possible to do and I am probally gonna order a new shaft and when I get the old one out, I will mess with it and try to replace the u joints. I was just wondering if anybody has actually tried it yet. Either way I will post the results when I do it. If anybody else has any insight, let me know. Thanks
Anything "CAN" be done, Is it worth it in this case...? The U joint is swag-ed and spot welded in there so....
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Ya, I will give it a go as well once I get some extra cash together. I have a good local machine shop that likes oddball projects, and they charge $70 an hour so it is affordable.

Generally, U-joints are pressed in, but many use low enough amount of force that you can do them at home. They have a seal, and then an expanding clip that sits inside a groove which holds everything together. When I find the pics I have I will post them up.
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:33 PM   #9
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The subaru u-joints are not held in by pressing them in. There is a retainer that gets destroyed when you disassemble them. (I know I tried )

Between the the price of the joints and the labor to try and adapt them, you can get a used shaft (I sell used 5mt shafts for $15 + shipping)

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Old 01-14-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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I know, I was referring to using aftermarket u-joints. Who in their right mind would go through the trouble of removing the OEM joints just to replace them with the same crappy joint?

How much would you want for an STi driveshaft shipped to 95540?
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #11
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I'm having a noise/vibration issue on my impreza with 05 RS transmission and 96 center driveshaft and rear end. I removed my driveshaft at work recently and the universal joints on both ends seemed to have center detents, they don't move without drag. Seems like all four joints do the same thing but the center joint moves freely in all directions. The other guys at work told me they were shot and I needed a new shaft. I ordered a driveshaft from a 5spd 06wrx and the joints do the same thing... what gives?
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:46 PM   #12
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I get a clicking sort of sound when I left off the gas with or without the clutch in. Soon as I step back on the gas it goes away...that sound like a bad u joint?
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:27 PM   #13
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Same issue here in my 03 wrx wagon. Clicking noise that seems to be centered (ie not wheel bearing or axle related). Can't seem to find and answer.
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Old 09-14-2009, 12:26 AM   #14
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my05leg - check ur axle nuts
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:26 AM   #15
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replacement U-joints for subarus including the wrx is made by a company called http://www.rockforddriveline.com under part number 430-10. They wont sell them to you but you can buy them from many 4x4 u-joint retailers like http://theujointstore.com/staked-in-...t-ujoints.html
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:00 PM   #16
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I am having the same issues on my 04 WRX Wagon. Vibration from 30mph to 75mph.
Talked to Six States http://www.sixstates.com/products/products.jsp , they sell are reman DS for $450 + tax. The dealer wants $599 (part # for 04 WRX Wagon 5MT, 27111SE061) and a local shop wants $400 to replace the u joints with Nissan parts (Fuji Heavy Ind).

Sounds like you have to cut the original u joints out then install the Nissan ones with internal clips.

Also you can order The Drive Shaft Store's aluminum one piece for $456 shipped
http://www.driveshaftshop.com/pdetail.php?pid=585
http://thmotorsports.com/drive_shaft...=SUSH1-03-2003

I am torn between the reman from Six States or the one piece from TDSS

For now I turned the yoke 180* and took a hammer to it to loosen up the bearings. They move freely now, but for how long?? I haven't driven it yet, so I'll report back on how this temporary fix works.

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:19 PM   #17
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I am having the same issues on my 04 WRX Wagon. Vibration from 30mph to 75mph.
Talked to Six States http://www.sixstates.com/products/products.jsp , they sell are reman DS for $450 + tax. The dealer wants $599 (part # for 04 WRX Wagon 5MT, 27111SE061) and a local shop wants $400 to replace the u joints with Nissan parts (Fuji Heavy Ind).

Sounds like you have to cut the original u joints out then install the Nissan ones with internal clips.

Also you can order The Drive Shaft Store's aluminum one piece for $456 shipped
http://www.driveshaftshop.com/pdetail.php?pid=585
http://thmotorsports.com/drive_shaft...=SUSH1-03-2003

I am torn between the reman from Six States or the one piece from TDSS

For now I turned the yoke 180* and took a hammer to it to loosen up the bearings. They move freely now, but for how long?? I haven't driven it yet, so I'll report back on how this temporary fix works.

Just buy a used shaft! Why would you ever consider a new one unless you needed an aluminum one or something? DS1 Motorsports just said he sells used 5MT shafts for $15 plus shipping. I see them on eBay all the time. I have two in my garage I can sell you.

450 vs 15... hmmmm....
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Just buy a used shaft! Why would you ever consider a new one unless you needed an aluminum one or something? DS1 Motorsports just said he sells used 5MT shafts for $15 plus shipping. I see them on eBay all the time. I have two in my garage I can sell you.

450 vs 15... hmmmm....
Looking for a 6sp shaft, shipped to Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.
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<--Also looking for a used driveshaft for STi^^
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<--Also looking for a used driveshaft for STi^^
I got a used one for my car, I now have have a spare minus the center bearing, my mechanic also changed the cross (universal jt).
There is a dealer here who might ship one to you, his name is Gobin Mahedo, his email is imprezaimports@tstt.net.tt.
I did not get mine from him, but I understand he has several and also exports.
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oh! i was mis informed then. I was under the impression you had to replace the driveshaft if your intent was to change the ujoint. I had some mechs check it out, they said my rear ujoint was "rough" which is why i can hear a weird rotating sound...
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New to the forum and I need a little info. I have a 2001 ob H6 VDC and need a rear driveshaft, or parts to repair a failing center bearing. What is the difference of a 4 cyl shaft? Could I use the front or rear section from an auto 4 cyl. I can't source a used H6 shaft anywhere local. Thanks for any info!
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No info out there? How about driveshaft length. On my H6 from the center of the bolt holding the carrier bearing to the forward end of the u-joint ear at the tranny it measures 21 15/16". This does not include the yoke in the tranny! Anyone out there with a four cylinder auto shaft that could verify if it's the same length? Thanks.
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the at driveshaft for my 4eat was a 1 piece driveshaft
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The subaru u-joints are not held in by pressing them in. There is a retainer that gets destroyed when you disassemble them. (I know I tried )

Between the the price of the joints and the labor to try and adapt them, you can get a used shaft (I sell used 5mt shafts for $15 + shipping)

-Dylan @ Ds1
do u still offer u-joints for 02 wrx wagons?
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