Constant Velocity Front Driveshaft Parts for 1975-1993 Dodge Ram Full Size 4x4 Trucks
We stock the world's most complete selection of front Double Cardan CV driveshaft parts for 1975.5 to 1993 Dodge full size 4x4 vehicles. For a little history: Part way through the 1975 model year, Dodge made a supplier switch for front Double Cardan Constant Velocity Joints used in the firm's full size 4x4s from Dana Spicer to General Motor's Saginaw Division. The new shafts retained the same size tubing as the previous shaft, but the CV Joint was GM's new, serviceable S44 Double Cardan Constant Velocity Joint. The slip joint for the new shaft was supplied by Chrysler's own Detroit Universal Division who also made the front universal joint. An interesting feature of the S44 CV head was the use of plastic injections to retain the u-joint caps instead of metal snap rings, however, the yokes are machined on the inside to accept replacement universal joints with internal c-clip cup retention. The S44 CV Joint was used unchanged all the way through the end of the 1993 model year on all Dodge and Plymouth full size 4x4s through 1 ton size. Detroit Universal supplied the slip joints for all those shafts, but there was several design changes over the years. Dodge was the last 4x4 manufacturer to utilize the Saginaw S44 CV Joint, replacing it for the 1994 model year with a Spicer type 1330 series CV joint.
The original equipment front CV driveshaft used on 1975-1/2 and all 1976 to 1993 Dodge and Plymouth full size 4x4 models used a Saginaw Double-Cardan Constant Velocity joint at the transfer case end and a slip joint mounting a Detroit Universal internal c-clip universal joint at the axle end. The CV parts remained unchanged over the entire 18 year production run, however, the slip joint will vary after 1985 and the front universal joint changed in 1993 for trucks powered by the Cummins Diesel engine.
CV MOUNTING FLANGE: The QU40761 mounting flange on Saginaw Double-Cardan CV Joints as used with original equipment 1975-1/2-1993 Dodge front CV shafts can be identified by the following features:
5" outside diameter, 4 bolt Round Flange mates to the Transfer Case Output Flange using 4 QU10806 7/16" Bolts that fit through holes in CV Flange and thread into your Transfer Case Output Flange. Note: If you have a CV mounting flange that is half-round, your driveshaft has an aftermarket Spicer type CV head.
CV CENTER YOKE: The Saginaw CV Center Yoke has squared off ends. The 1-1/8" diameter holes for the u-joints have a 3-1/4" center to center dimension. Plastic injected into grooved machined in the yokes and u-joint cups retains the factory installed universal joints. TK40725 and QU40758 replacement universal joints are kept in place by spring steel C-Clips that fit in a groove machined on each u-joint cup. When installed, the C-Clips will be against flats machined on the inside faces of the yokes. Note: If you have CV u-joints with external snap rings, your driveshaft has either been through a major rebuild or it is an aftermarket replacement driveshaft assembly.
FRONT U-JOINTS: Until 1993, the front universal joint in the slip yoke was always a dinky Detroit Universal 7260 series which has 1.078" diameter cups with internal C-Clip lockup. 7260 yokes measure 2-1/8" between the inside machined flats of the yoke. 1993 Diesel trucks (and possibly some very late 1992 models) have a larger Detroit 7290 series universal joint with 1-1/8" diameter cups and internal C-Clip retention. The inside span between the slip yoke ears will measure 2-5/8". Note: If you have a front u-joint with external snap rings, your driveshaft has either been through a major rebuild or it is an aftermarket replacement driveshaft assembly.
SLIP JOINTS: Up through January 2, 1986, the spline size for Slip Stubs and Yokes on factory assembled shafts will be a 1-1/4"-16 with an external slip yoke seal. From January 2, 1986 to March 28, 1988, several combinations can be found all of which should have a rubber protective boot. Starting on March 29, 1988 all factory front CV shafts use a 1-9/32" fine spline stub and yoke shielded by QK3078 Boot. Note: You may also find 1-3/8" 16 spline slip yokes on rebuilt or aftermarket replacement CV driveshaft assemblies.
VERIFY YOUR PARTS: Given the age of this era of Dodge trucks, it is not unusual to find non-standard components particular with the 1986 and older models with 1-1/4" diameter slip joints using a press on seal. A great many of these trucks have had the original slip joint replaced with 1-3/8" diameter 16 spline aftermarket parts. We also see a lot of shafts with internal/external snap ring conversion joints and a fair number that have replacement shafts made with Spicer style CV components (these will have a half-round CV flange). YOU MUST VERIFY what parts you have before ordering! If you are not sure you have a factory driveshaft, e-mail us some clear photos!
Original Equipment U-Joint Specs for 1975-1993 Dodge Double Cardan Front CV Driveshafts:
Slip Yoke 7260 Series: 1.078" Cup Diameter, 2-1/8" inside yoke span, Internal C-Clip, 1975-1992, 1993 Gas LD
Slip Yoke 7290 Series: 1.125" Cup Diameter, 2-5/8" inside yoke span, Internal C-Clip, 1993 Diesel or Heavy Duty
CV Joint S44: 1.125" Cup Diameter, 2-9/16" inside yoke span, Internal C-Clip, 2 used in all factory CV Joints
Aftermarket U-Joints you may find on 1975-1993 Replacement or Rebuilt Front CV Driveshafts:
Spicer 1310: 1-1/16" Cup Diameter, 3-7/32" overall width, External Snap Ring, usually in slip yoke
Spicer 1330: 1-1/16" Cup Diameter, 3-5/8" overall width, External Snap Ring, slip yoke or CV
Spicer 1350: 1-3/16" Cup Diameter, 3-5/8" overall width, External Snap Ring, slip yoke or CV
Dodge switched from slip joint seals to much more effective slip joint boots in 1986. The QK3078 Boot we carry fits some 1987 model trucks and about all the 1988 to 1993 trucks with the original driveshaft slip joint. Most Boot Protected Slip Joints will last the life of the vehicle as long as the Boot and Clamps are in good shape.
QU40085 Boot Clamp for the small (Slip Stub) end of slip yoke boots used on Dodge front driveshafts starting in 1987 and up to 1993
QU50138 Boot Clamp for the large (Slip Yoke) end of slip yoke boots used on Dodge front driveshafts starting in 1987 and up to 1993
QK3078 Slip Yoke Boot Kit
For 1988-1/2 to 1993 Dodge Ram W150, W250, and W350 4x4 Front Drive Shafts. Includes Boot, QU40085
, and QU50138
Boot Clamps. Country of Origin on Boot not listed. Clamps Made in Canada
Double-Cardan Constant Velocity Parts
The now obsolescent Saginaw Double Cardan CV Joint used by Dodge for 1975.5 to 1993 full size 4x4 trucks was quite durable as long as the CV Centering Ball was greased every now and again. Strength wise, it is comparable to the more modern Spicer type 1330 series CV shafts used on 1994 and later Dodge Ram trucks. The simple Saginaw centering ball and socket is easier to grease, longer lasting and cheaper to repair than Spicer CV Ball that uses needle bearings especially under poor maintenance conditions. However the Spicer type CV can run at a greater angle.
Dan the Gear Man Tech Tip: The QU40817 replaceable hardened steel centering ball MUST be replaced if it shows any evidence of wear. Ideally, an expensive, specialized puller is used for removal, however you can remove the ball by carefully slitting it with a die grinder
QU40760CV Center Yoke For 1975½ to 1993 Dodge and Plymouth full size 4x4 front drive shafts.
QU40761 Flange Yoke CV Sub-Assembly
For 1975½ to 1993 Dodge 4x4's has the QU50038
Yoke Liner and QU40752
Centering Kit spring, washers, shoes, and seal already installed
QU40851 Ball Stud Tube Yoke For 2" x 0.120" wall thickness tubing includes a angled grease fitting
QU40831 Complete CV Head Assembly Is the cheapest way to replace a completely toasted CV Joint
QU40752 CV Joint Centering Kit
Includes, Hardened Steel Centering Ball, 3 Shoes, 2 Washers, Seal, and Spring.
Please refer to QU40752 page for more details and ordering information.
QU40741 CV Joint Centering Parts Kit without CV Ball For Dodge 4x4s with Saginaw Type Double-Cardan CV Joint. Kit includes: 3 Shoes, 2 Washers, Seal, and Spring
QU40828 CV Ball Seal
Replaces worn or damaged seal in your Flange Yoke. Included in QU40741
CV Parts Kits
QU40833 CV Ball Seat Set
Is a three piece Ball Seat Shoe set that replaces replaces worn or damaged Ball Seat Shoes in your Flange Yoke. Included in QU40741
CV Parts Kits
QU40837 CV Ball Spring
Replaces a worn or damaged spring in your Flange Yoke. Included in QU40741
CV Parts Kits
QU40838 CV Ball Inner Washer
A replaces worn or damaged Lower Seat Washer in your Flange Yoke. Included in QU40741
CV Parts Kits
QU40839 CV Ball Outer Washer
A replaces worn or damaged Upper Seat Washer in your Flange Yoke. Included in QU40741
CV Parts Kits
QU40836 CV Dust Shield Replaces a damaged or missing Dust Shield on your Ball Stud Tube Yoke. Needs to be Tack Welded on your Ball Styd Tube Yoke
QU50038 CV Flange Yoke Liner Replaces a damaged liner in your CV Flange Yoke
QU40817 Hardened Steel Centering Ball
Is a press-fit on the Ball Stud Tube Yoke Centering Stud. Included in QU407452
CV Parts Kit
The original 1975.5 to 1993 Dodge front Double Cardan Constant Velocity driveshafts used a Saginaw CV Head and a Detroit Universal Slip Joint. While it is still possible to fabricate a new shaft with a Saginaw CV, cost wise, it usually makes more sense to either rebuild an original shaft or replace it with a new shaft built using Spicer Style components. We will list any rebuilt shafts we have in stock below, plus we have a heavy duty unfinished 1350 series CV shaft primarily for those you with Cummins Diesel powered trucks.
QU40806 1350x1330 Series Unfinished Heavy Duty 1350 Greaseable CV Shaft Assembly
Is the lowest cost way to replace your worn out original series oem shaft with a beefed up brand new, totally greaseable, 1-3/16" cup size 1350 series Double Cardan Constant Velocity front driveshaft for your 1975 to 1993 Dodge full size 4x4. The CV Head is already welded to the tube, so all you have to do is determine what length to cut the tube before finishing the assembly. Welding and other machine shop skills and equipment is required to complete assembly!!!! Made in U.S.A. Shaft includes QU40846 1350 series greaseable CV Head, 1330 series greaseable Front universal joint, QU40843 Slip Stub, QU40845 Slip Yoke, QU40832 Tube Length is about 20". (READ the TECH NOTES on our Price and Cart Page
QU40924 1350x1350 Series Unfinished Heavy Duty Greaseable CV Shaft Assembly for 1975-1993 Dodge is the lowest cost way to replace your worn out Double Cardan Constant Velocity Dodge Ram 4x4 front CV driveshaft with a brand new, totally greaseable, 1-3/16" cup size CV U-Joints (1350 series) x 1-3/16" cup size front joint (1350 series) heavy duty Double Cardan Constant Velocity front driveshaft that you customize for length and complete the final assembly. The greaseable CV Head is already welded to the tube, so all you have to do is determine what length to cut the tube before finishing the assembly. The CV Flange will directly bolt to your original transfer case output flange. For the front axle, you will also need to replace your small original 7260 or 7290 series pinion yoke and hardware with 1350 series parts
Link to our QU40924 Catalog Product Page
An awful lot driveshaft parts are wrecked by the slam-bang methods of universal joint replacement used by most people doing driveshaft service. Your Double Cardan driveshaft components are machined to incredibly precise specifications and can be easily damaged by either poor service procedures or makeshift tools (or both). Our Driveshaft Manuals guide you through the various driveshaft service jobs using clear color photographs and detailed text.
TM3305 Front Constant Velocity Driveshaft Service Manual For 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4's. Step-By-Step printed instructions on how to rebuild your Double Cardan Constant Velocity front driveshaft featuring color exploded views and over 70 color photos! 22 pages
TM3000 Driveshaft Service Manual A complete manual that covers all aspects of 4x4 and light truck driveshaft service
QU90018 Pyroplex® Protection ES Synthetic Grease Provides extended service protection under the harshest on and off road conditions! This new NLGI #2 GC-LB grease is Hydro-Activated™ to become tackier when exposed to moisture. Offers superior corrosion and wear protection in a variety of environments. Provides excellent low and high temperature performance. Use to lubricate the CV Ball and Slip Yoke prior to assembly and for your greaseable universal joints
S9978 Blue 242 Threadlocker Is used on the bolt treads that attach your driveshaft to the transfer case and front axle
S9975 Anti-Seize Lubricant Will keep the CV flange from rusting to the transfer case output flange when applied the the male-female pilot that centers the shaft flange to the output flange
QU40852 2" x 0.120" Wall Driveshaft Tubing For all 1975-1993 Dodge original equipment front CV Shafts
QU40747 Dana 60 Front Axle Pinion Yoke for all 1993 Dodge W-350 and Diesel W-250 4x4 trucks. Included in our QK4653 Kit
Custom 4x4 CV Shaft Rebuild Kits for 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4's Rebuild your front constant velocity driveshaft yourself with one of these affordable yet comprehensive QUADKITS® featuring hot-forged, alloy steel, greaseable u-joints, CV Socket Rebuild Kit, and Threadlocker, plus you can order your Kit with our optional 22 Page TM3305 Front Constant Velocity Driveshaft Service Manual for 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4s featuring color exploded views and over 70 color photos.
QK3020 and QK3024 CV Driveshaft Rebuild Kits For 1975-1993 Dodge Ramchargers and Full Size 4x4 trucks
Rebuild Kits, Premium Torque King
Torque King® Saginaw CV Driveshaft Master Rebuild Kits for 1989-1993 Dodge 4x4 W250 and W350 trucks are for those who want only the best. These complete Master Kits feature rugged Torque King®, cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed u-joints, CV Socket Rebuild Kit, CV Yoke Liner, Driveshaft Boot Clamps and Threadlocker, plus you can order your Kit with our optional 22 Page TM3305 Front Constant Velocity Driveshaft Service Manual for 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4s featuring color exploded views and over 70 color photos.
TK3022 and TK3026 Torque King® Driveshaft Master Rebuild Kits For 1989-1993 Dodge 4x4 W250 and W350 trucks
Dodge used a 1-1/4"-16 full length spline Slip Stub manufactured by Detroit Universal from mid 1975 to January 2, 1986. From that date until March 28, 1988 a different Slip Stub was used. Starting on March 29, 1988, Dodge Front CV Shafts used a 1-9/32" 29 spline based on 30 spline Stub. None of these original equipment Slip Stubs are readily available, however, one usually finds worn stub splines also mean worn yoke splines so you normally replace both the slip stub and yoke with 1-3/8" 16 spline replacement components.
QU40740 16 Spline Slip Stub
Is used along with either QU40770
Slip Yoke (7260 U-Joint) or QU40854
Slip Yoke (7290 U-Joint)
Up through January 2, 1986, the spline size for Slip Stubs and Yokes on factory assembled shafts will be a 1-1/4"-16 with an external slip yoke seal. From January 2, 1986 to March 28, 1988, several combinations can be found all of which should have a rubber protective boot. Starting on March 29, 1988 all factory front CV shafts use a 1-9/32" fine spline stub and yoke shielded by QK3078 Boot. Given the age of this era of Dodge trucks, it is not unusual to find non-standard components particularly with the 1986 and older models with 1-1/4" diameter slip joints using a press on seal. A great many of these trucks have had the original slip joint replaced with 1-3/8" diameter 16 spline aftermarket parts. We also see a lot of shafts with internal/external snap ring conversion joints.
QU40728 Factory Type 7260 Series Replacement Slip Yoke For 1975 to 1-2-1986 replaces original equipment 1-1/4" 16 spline front Detroit Universal 7260 series Slip Yoke. Includes spline seal
QK3012 Dodge 7260 Series Driveshaft Slip Yoke Kit Each kit includes yoke, u-joint, seal strap kit and Threadlocker. Use these kits if the driveshaft splines are still serviceable. Fits front, center, or rear driveshafts on all 1961-1986-1/2 Dodge trucks with original equipment 1¼"-16 full spline slip stubs and original slip yokes that measure 2.125" between yoke ears and use an internal c-clip type joint
QU40701 Fine Spline Replacement Slip Yoke
For 1988.5 to 1993 Dodge and Plymouth full size 4x4s with original equipment 29 spline based on 30 spline driveshaft slip joints. Requires New Conversion U-Joint (TK40804
, or QU40926
). See Tech Note 2 on our Product Detail
QU40770 7260 Series Aftermarket Slip Yoke for Rebuilt Driveshafts QU40770 fits 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4 front driveshafts that still use the factory 7260 series front u-joint but have had the original Dodge Slip Stub replaced by an 1-3/8"-16 spline slip stub. This is the most popular slip yoke we stock for the 1975 to 1992 era plus many gas engine 1993 vintage Dodge trucks as a great number of those older trucks are now running rebuilt front CV driveshafts
QU40854 7290 Series Aftermarket Slip Yoke for Rebuilt Driveshafts QU40854 fits Diesel engine 1993 W-250 and W-350 4x4 driveshafts that still use the factory 7290 series front u-joint but have had the original Dodge 29 spline Slip Stub replaced by an 1-3/8"-16 spline slip stub
QU40753 1310 Series Aftermarket Slip Yoke for Rebuilt Driveshafts QU40753 fits 1975-1993 Dodge 4x4 front driveshafts that have had the original slip joint with a 1-3/8" 16 spline stub and Detroit Universal 7260 or 7290 series front u-joint replaced by a Spicer Style slip joint and a special conversion u-joint that uses external snap rings to retain the u-joint cups in the yoke, but internal c-clips for the cups that fit into the factory pinion yoke
Often the difference between a so-so job and a great repair are in the details such as replacing worn-out small parts.
QU10806 Grade 8 Bolt
With attached washer. Four of these special Bolts are needed to attach the driveshaft to the transfer case. Introduced in 1992 to replace weak Grade 5 bolts previously used.
Please refer to QU10806 page for more details and ordering information.
QU40729 7260 U-Joint Strap and Bolt Kit
With special small head, hardened bolts for attaching the driveshaft to your front axle pinion yoke. This Strap and Bolt Kit is used to secure 1975-1993 Dodge (Detroit Universal) 7260 series universal joints with 1.078" diameter cups to axle pinion yokes with an inside yoke width of 2-1/8". Not used on 1993 Diesel models, see QU40763
QU40763 7290 U-Joint Strap and Bolt Kit For 1993 Cummins Diesel powered trucks with 7290 series front u-joint. Special small head, hardened bolts for attaching the driveshaft to the front axle pinion yoke on 1993 Dodge Diesels. 7290 series u-joints have internal C-Clips, 1-1/8" diameter cups and fit yokes measuring 2-5/8" between the ears
QU40795 Press-On Slip Yoke Seal For 1975½-1986.5 Dodge 4x4 Front Driveshafts with the original 1-1/4" - 16 spline slip yoke
Most CV and universal joint service is done using makeshift tools and hammering on the parts until something gives service methods. Driveshaft parts and universal joints are incredibly precise components that can be easily damaged by such slam-bang work. There is a better way to perform driveshaft service using application specific press tooling and approved service procedures. Yeah, I know the Manuals and Tools are expensive, but when you consider that a poorly installed front u-joint blowing out as you tool down the Interstate at 75 is going to cause an expensive and dangerous mess. I have witnessed several driveshaft failures in vehicles driving ahead of me during my travels and I can tell you a 3' long front driveshaft can do a heck of a lot of damage as it whips around jamming into the road, whacking the transmission, and smashing the floor!
QT1065 Series Long Throat C-Frame Ball Joint Presses Are designed to accept a variety of interchangeable tooling for performing Ball Joint and Universal Joint service on your 4x4. A heavy-duty tool that will get the job done when used with the appropriate tooling for your big Dodge.
QT4008 Medium Size U-Joint Separator Yoke
Is used with a QT1065
series C-frame Press and QT4016
Press Anvil to easily remove the 3 universal joints on 1975 to 1993 Dodge Double-Cardan Constant Velocity front driveshafts and 4x4 front axle shafts. By placing the press force against the u-joint cross, the amount of pressure needed to break a cup free is halved and the chances of damaging the yokes is greatly reduced. Works on rusted in or tight fitting u-joints
QT4010 1" Press Tip is used with a QT1065 series C-frame Press and QT4016 Press Anvil to easily install universal joints with 1-1/16" to 1-3/16" diameter cups on most common light truck driveshafts and 4x4 front axle shafts
QT4016 1-1/16" to 1-3/16" Capacity U-Joint Press Anvils used with a QT1065 series C-frame Press and either QT4008 Medium U-Joint Separator Yoke or QT4010 1" Press Tip to easily remove and install all three universal joints from any stock type 1994-2002 Dodge Ram front driveshaft
We offer you the choice between our premium quality, very long lasting, Torque King® cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed u-joints or greaseable hot-forged universal joints. Both are the best quality u-joints available in their classes to keep your vintage Dodge rolling down the road.
TK40725 Torque King® CV S44 Series U-Joint Cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed u-joints for the Constant Velocity Joint. 2 of these joints are used in the CV Joint (upper or transfer case end of shaft) on 1975½-1993 Dodge full size 4x4's
TK40722 Torque King® 1993 7290 Series Front U-Joint , cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed front universal joint (slip yoke to axle pinion yoke) for 1993 Dodge Diesel trucks. May also be found in late 1992 models
QU40758 Heavy-Duty CV S44 Series Greaseable U-Joint Hot-forged, alloy steel, greaseable u-joints with nitrile rubber seals for the Constant Velocity Joint. 2 of these joints are used in the CV Joint (upper or transfer case end of shaft) on 1975½-1993 Dodge full size 4x4's
QU40794 Greaseable 7260 Series Heavy-Duty 1975-1992 Front U-Joint With a thicker. hot-forged, alloy steel cross, greaseable front (slip yoke to axle pinion yoke u-joints for all 1975½-1992 Dodge trucks and light duty 1993 models. Has a grease fitting in one cup for ease of lubrication
QU40775 Greaseable 1993 7290 Series Front U-Joint Hot-forged, alloy steel, greaseable front (slip yoke to axle pinion yoke) u-joints for 1993 Dodge Diesel trucks. May also be found in some late 1992 models
QU40736 Greaseable 7260 to 1310 Conversion U-Joint for Special Applications
Is used to adapt a QU40753
slip yoke made for a Spicer type, 3-7/32" wide external snap ring u-joint to an original pinion yoke made for a Dodge Detroit Universal 7260 series u-joint with 2-1/8" internal lockup
QU40808 Greaseable 7290 x Saginaw S44 Conversion U-Joint for Special Applications
QU40819 Greaseable Detroit 7260 x Detroit 7290 Conversion U-Joint for Special Applications