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    Default What brand u-joint you use for 2001 suburban drive shaft?

    My first post. I have a 2001 Suburban with 140k miles bought new. So far, it has been a very good one. I tow a 6 x 10 enclosed trailer with no issues until lately my burb whole chassis will vibrate when I reach 68-70 mph. I drove the rear wheels up on a ramp and checked the driveshaft with the transmission in neutral. I found a bad front universal joint and the one close to the diff is good. I feel I can tackle this job and it looks really easy to drop the driveshaft.
    Question. Will a u-joint from car quest be ok or do I have to get the factory joint which is about $90 a piece?

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    The last AC Delco u-joint I bought was a total piece of @*#", the grease seals were junk and the overall quality of the casting was poor. The best u-joints I have found are Spicer u-joints. They aren't the cheapest, but less then what you'll pay at a dealer and the quality is worth it.

    97 Chevrolet Suburban K1500 5.7L
    78 GMC High Sierra K1500
    Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go thru life.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    I was told by the carquest guy the same thing about Spicer u-joints. He did not have it so I opted for their store brand which ran me $40 for both. I marked the yoke assembly with spray paint (so I can put it back the same way), dropped the driveshaft which I found very easy and very light one-piece aluminum tube. Armed with just a 10-inch c-clamp and 27mm sovket, I was able to push out the old joints and push in the new ones. A 1.5 hour job. Drives smooth like new again. Now, transmission flush next.

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    i've got an 03 with 190,000 on it. I've had it fr the last 50,000 miles and has the same vibration issues. I asked them to check the u-joints when I had them redo the gas line this winter. they said they were fine, but I still think I'd feel better if I changed the you joints. I'm glad to see it wasn't a bad job, I've had joints in the past that I've done with my dad that were a real pain.
    89 chevy stepside off road
    03 suburban Z71
    03 Yukon SLT

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