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The power from your engine travels straight from the back of the transmission to the axles. Right? Not exactly. Your suspension travel changes the angle that your drive line and your axles meet. Driving a Jeep off-road means that there is plenty of suspension travel going on. These constantly change in conditions requires a sturdy set of universal joints.
How Universal Joints Work
What is a U Joint on a Jeep? It is a mechanical device that allows a rotating assembly to change directions. The joints are shaped like a cross and have fitted roller bearing assemblies on each opposing end. These bearings are pressed into a pair of brackets that link the drive shaft assembly together. When installed in the middle of a drive shaft, they allow the straight line to bend and flex.
A Jeep with four-wheel drive has two drive shafts and two universal joints. Flexibility is important in an off-road vehicle. The higher the travel of the suspension, the greater the need to change the shape of the drive shaft. Without this flexibility, the line would become stressed and break.
Picking out Your Universal Joints
Universal joints are often a weak spot. The moving parts are prone to failure over time. Stronger metals and good lubrication systems in the joints extend their useful life. For standard driving, we offer a simple Jeep Cherokee drive shaft U-joint replacement. These components meet the basic OEM requirements and can be installed to restore your Jeep's basic functionality.
If you plan to do some intense off-roading, you will need a more robust solution. Upgrade with a heavy-duty Jeep Wrangler U joint. Hardened billeted alloys provide excellent wear resistance. Sealed bearings keep out moisture and prevent damage from rust and dust.
The Best Value
Your purchase is protected with our price guarantee. If you find the same component advertised for less, we will match that price. You can even claim a refund up to 60 days after you have ordered your parts. We also make returns simple. Buy online with confidence knowing that you are getting the best deal with the least hassle.
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