Land Rover U-joints
Rather than continuing to clutter Scott's thread, I tought I'd create one more specific.
First, I do stand corrected on the 5-4x. Since the last time I talked to Dana/Spicer, a couple of years ago, they have in fact discontinued it. February 2008 to be exact. But for some time before that they weren't made by Spicer anyway. So I'm not sure what the big deal is about them.
Originally Posted by jeepfreak
I'm not sure why you are posting a photo of an Autozone Duralast u-joint. They aren't marketed or made by Neapco and never have been. I expect you're just confused because Autozone used to carry PDQ and kept using the PN when they outsourced to China when they switched to the Duralast line. The Duralast is from Neotac, but actually manufactured by various plants around China.
Anyone who has said that Duralast is/was made by Neapco is simply wrong.
The Neapco line (like you'd get a driveline shop), and the PDQ 1-0005, are in fact still made in the US. The PDQ 1-0154 is made in the US as well in case anyone reading this wants a 1310 series with the zerk in the end cap. Both are $12.99 at Advance Autoparts and other stores around the US.
Other PDQ, the high mover PN's, are outsourced because that's what the parts stores require. Cheap! The don't sell many 1-0005's or 1-0154's so they don't require the lower price on them, even though they sell them for the same price.
Those two specific PDQ u-joints are exactly the same u-joint you'd get at a driveline shop that carries Neapco.
I'm not sure what you think the broken u-joint photo proves. I can show you photos of broken 1310's, 1330's, 1350's, 1810's and so on. Any u-joint will fail if it is over stressed or improperly lubed.
I think JSQ's comment was saying that for 95% of Land Rover owners the stock propshafts (with 1300 series u-joints) are fine. Which I agree with.
I've never said or implied that the 1300's are as strong as 1310's. Though good quality 1300's may in fact be stronger that poor quality 1310's.
There are also rumors on the internet that Dana/Spicer has out-sourced their u-joints to China. According to the Spicer rep I spoke to today, that is not the case. They are still made in the US.
All of the above information came from Spicer or Neapco via two phone calls today to their respective technical folks.
I hope that clears it up for you Dan. Oops, I mean jeepfreak.
Four wheel drive allows you to get stuck
in places even more inaccessible.
62 88 reg
67 NADA x2
74 Air Portable - The Antichrist (tag 6A666)
95 D1 5-speed
95 D90 5-speed
97 D1 Automatic