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Old 03-02-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Real Time Help Needed -SMB 4WD U-Joint?????

I'm broken down 12 hours form home. I see the rear u-joint is a Spicer, but no cross-reference at the auto parts place I limped into. Is the U-Joint at the rear end yoke the same as a E-350 u-joint?

2003 E-350 EB 7.3 diesel SMB 4WD conversion.

Thanks in advance. I need to get home this evening and Brigham Cit, UT is not home, but that's where I'm stuck. Only 1 parts store open on a Sunday here and its an Auto Zone. Napa is closed.
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Old 03-02-2008, 02:47 PM   #2
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Not sure about part #'s etc. BUT,.....you can pull the rear driveshaft off and then engauge the front (4wd) to limp home. Been done on many trucks on and off road.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:01 PM   #3
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Well unless he got it fixed his front T-case stick is detached. Welcome to the world of previously owned.

Saline's idea is not bad, however you're going to have to crawl under and shift manually into 4Hi.

And I'm pretty sure the spicer joint is stock Ford for the rear. It would only make sense....
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I agree with Jage, the rear u-joint really should be stock Ford.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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Thanks

Thanks guys. For some reason notifications go into my spam and don't show up on my phone. Jage, thank you again for the e-mail. Yes, stock Ford works. Its a bear to change one out in the parking lot of an Auto Zone with crappy Auto Zone tools. Took several hours, all total, but got it switched out with a cheap-e one from Auto Zone. Got me home and its like a whole different rig. Smooth vs. the feeling of continually driving on rumble strips. Got home at 3:00am. 2200+ plus miles in two days -solo. I'm on a different planet right now. Think I'll stay out of the SMB for a couple of days. Gonna order up all new u-joints and replace them all with good Spicer ones. Would have likely lost my fuel tank and a bank of batts, in addition to the drive shaft) had the u-joint let loose. Like I said, they are a pain to replace on the road, but they are fairly cheap. Words of wisdom today: Change out your u-joints now and avoid the hassle. Interestingly, the E-350 u-joint is only about half the mass of the F-350 ones. Given the greater articulation over stock, weight and towing cap of our rigs, a mod might be in order. If I'm gonna have a weak link, don't want it to be one that will dynamite the undercarriage when it goes. Can't imagine it would be too hard to switch out the yoke from the transfer case to a F-350 compatible one. The rear end yoke will be easy (just four bolts). Drive shaft shouldn't be too hard to come by, I would think.
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