Rear Driveshaft Parts for 1980 to 1997 Ford Bronco F-150, F-250, and F-350
Three different rear driveshaft u-joint sizes can be found on 1980-1997 Ford full size 4x4s. Broncos and F-150 will all have 1330 and/or 1330F series u-joints as will F-250 trucks with 6 cylinder or small block gas V8 engines. F250 and F350 4x4 trucks up to late 1987 with Diesel or 460 gas engines only came with 1330 and/or 1330F U-Joints for all models. Late production 1987 and newer F-250, F350 trucks with Diesel or 460 gas engines all have higher capacity 1350 series rear driveshaft u-joints.
Three series of u-joints are used on 1980-1997 full size Ford 4x4 rear driveshafts. Rear Double Cardan CV driveshafts can be found on most Bronco and shorter wheelbase F-150 trucks. Single Cardan rear driveshafts were used on all F-250/F350 plus all long wheel base F-150 models. Until the early 1990's, Ford rear driveshafts were supplied by Dana, but later production vehicles may have driveshafts supplied by other vendors.
1330 Series U-Joints have external snap ring retention and four 1-1/16" diameter cups. Overall width of installed u-joint is 3-5/8". These u-joints are found in rear driveshaft Bronco/F150 CV joints and as the center u-joint in two-piece driveshafts in long wheelbase trucks with center support bearings. 1330 u-joints are also utilized transfer case slip yokes and in late production vehicles with flange yokes. This u-joint series was on 1980-1997 Ford full size 4x4s EXCEPT late 1987 and newer F250, F350 with 460 gas or Diesel engines.
1330F Series u-joints have two 1-1/16" diameter cups retained by external snap rings in the driveshaft yoke and two 1-1/8" cups that are secured to the transfer case or axle end yokes by u-bolts. Overall width of installed u-joint is 3-5/8". These u-joints are found at the rear axle on Bronco/F150 with CV rear driveshaft and as at the axle and transfer case end yokes that use u-bolts to retainn the u-joints on all other models EXCEPT late 1987 and newer F250, F350 with 460 gas or Diesel engines.
1350 Series u-joints have four 1-3/16" diameter cups. Overall width of installed u-joint is 3-5/8". These u-joints are used for all rear driveshaft positions in late 1987 and newer F250, F350 with 460 gas or Diesel engines. 1350 series u-joints use external snap rings to retain the cups in the driveshaft yokes and strap/bolt sets to secure the cups in transfer case and/or axle end yokes.
1987-1994 Ford F250 series 3/4 ton and F350 series 1 ton trucks with gas 460 or Diesel engines have a slip joint protected by a rubber boot. A boot protected driveshaft slip joint will usually outlast the truck as as long as the boot is intact and there is some grease on the splines. If your Boot is damaged, REPLACE IT! If your Boot is OK, but you are doing other driveshaft service, always clean and grease the splines AND replace the clamps!
QU40084 Boot Clamp for the large (Slip Yoke) end of slip yoke boots used on 1987-1994 F250, F350 460 gas or Diesel rear driveshafts
QU40128 Rear Driveshaft Boot Kit
For 1985-1997 F250, F350 460 gas or Diesel rear driveshafts. Includes Slip Yoke Boot and one each QU40084
See our QU40128
large text individual page for more details and tech notes.
QU40133 Boot Clamp for the small (Slip Stub) end of slip yoke boots used on 1987-1994 F250, F350 460 gas or Diesel rear driveshafts
The maximum length a steel tube driveshaft can run without support is about 5'. For most 4x2 and longer wheel base 4x4 trucks, this means a two part rear driveshaft (Propeller Shaft) with a pressed on Center Bearing (also known as Midship Support Bearing or Carrier Bearing) must be used. 1987-1997 Ford F-250, F-350 with Diesel or 460 gas power used large bore Center Bearings with a winged, U shaped steel housing.
QK3063 Center Bearing Kit
For 1987-1997 Ford F250, F350 460 gas or Diesel 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks include new center bearing, one each QU40084
driveshaft boot clamps, and Threadlocker. Fits both 4x4 and 4x2 trucks
Constant Velocity Parts for Broncos
Most 1980-1996 Ford Bronco 4x4s will have a Double Cardan Constant Velocity Joint at the forward end of the rear driveshaft. 1980-1989 vehicles have a greaseable CV Centering Yoke the attaches to the Transfer Case rear output yoke with four 5/16" bolts. 1990-1996 models have a non-greaseable CV Flange Yoke that attaches to the transfer case output flange with four metric bolts
QU40759 CV Center Yoke For 1980-1996 Ford Bronco equipped with Double Cardan Rear Constant Velocity Driveshafts
QU40756 Greaseable CV Centering Yoke Is used on many late 1980 to 1989 Ford Bronco Rear Double-Cardant Constant Velocity driveshaft
QU40743 1980-1989 CV Ball Replacement Kit For 1980-1989 Ford Bronco 4x4 rear driveshafts. This money saving Kit allows you to reuse the cast iron CV centering yoke. Kit includes CV Ball and socket with needle bearings, spring (under red shipping protector), and seal
QU40744 1990-1996 Ford Bronco Non-Greaseable CV Ball Replacement Kit For 1990-1996 Ford Bronco 4x4 rear driveshafts. If your CV Flange casting is OK, you can save money by replacing just the worn ball and seat with this part. Be advised you will need a 1"-1¼" blind hole bearing puller and a hydraulic press. Includes Ball-Needle/Bearings-Seat and spring
QU40830 1980-1989 Replacement CV Grease Seal For 1980-1989 Ford Bronco rear constant-Velocity Driveshaft Double-Cardan CV Joint
QU40829 1990-1996 Ford Bronco Replacement CV Grease Seal For 1990-1996 Ford Bronco rear constant-Velocity Driveshaft Double-Cardan CV Joint
QU40835 1980-1996 Ford Bronco Replacement CV Tension Spring For 1980-1996 Ford Bronco rear constant-Velocity Driveshaft Double-Cardan CV Joint
QU40338 CV Splash Shield For 1980-1989 Ford Bronco greaseable rear CV Joints protects your Double Cardan CV Centering Ball from damaging road splash. Shield is used on your Ball Stud Tube Yoke
QU40704 1990-1996 Ford Bronco Press On Dust Seal For Double-Cardan Constant Velocity Joint for 1990-1996 Ford Bronco rear constant-Velocity Driveshaft Double-Cardan CV Joint
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
TM3000P Printed Driveshaft and Universal Joint Service Manual Order print or download versions of the complete manual or download individual chapters that cover all aspects of 4x4 and light truck driveshaft service
Proper lubrication and replacing damaged or worn small parts is often the difference between a first class, long-term repair and a short lived nightmare. In this section are the small parts and accessory items that do not neatly fit under our other parts headings
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 Medium Strength Blue 242 Threadlocker Is used on the bolt threads that attach your driveshaft to the transfer case and front axle
S9975 Anti-Seize Lubricant Will keep the CV flange from rusting to the rear axle or transfer case flange when applied the male-female pilot that centers the shaft flange to the gearbox flange
Ford introduced the Ford Sterling 10.25" Corporate rear axle in 1985 for both single and dual rear wheel F-250 and F-350 applications to replace Dana 60, Dana 61, and Dana 70 rear axles which were phased out during the 1985 model year. For the entire production life of the 10.25" rear axle, only two u-joint sizes were used, however the length of the pinion splines was changed for the 1993* model year to address excessive pinion yoke spline wear issues.
*Some late 1992 trucks may also have the longer spline pinion yoke
QU40509 1330 Series 1980 to 1985 Dana 60/70 Pinion Yoke TK40721
is a replacement yoke that takes standard 1330 series universal joints for 1980-1985F-250, F-350 4x4s originally equipped with a now discontinued 1330F yoke having a u-shaped slinger. Requires changing your matching u-joint to TK40721
and purchasing QU40735
Strap and Bolt Kit
QU20028 10.25" Rear Axle Pinion Yoke for 1987-1992 Diesel and 460 trucks This yoke takes u-joints with 1-3/16" diameter cups which are held in place by straps and bolts. Length of pinion spline is approximately 1-17/32"
QU20029 10.25" Rear Axle Pinion Yoke for 1985-1992 6 Cylinder and Small Block V8 trucks This yoke takes u-joints with 1-1/8" diameter cups which are held in place by u-bolts. Length of pinion spline is approximately 1-17/32"
QU20101 1330F 10.25" Rear Axle Pinion Yoke for 1993-1997 Ford F-250, F-350
This yoke fits trucks with small gas engines and takes u-joints with 1-1/8" diameter cups which are held in place by optional QU40841
u-bolts (The yoke holes are NOT threaded)
QU20102 1350 Series Ford Sterling 10.25" Rear Axle Pinion Yoke for 1993-1997 Diesel and 460 trucks
This yoke takes u-joints with 1-3/16" diameter cups which are held in place by optional QU40709
U-joint Strap and Bolt Kit (The Yoke holes are threaded)
QU20100 1410 Series Yoke For upgrading your 1993 to 1997 F-250 or F-350 to take heavy-duty 1410 series rear driveshafts
Slip Stubs and Slip Yokes
QU40859 Transfer Case Slip Yoke for Rear Driveshaft On 1988-1997 F-250, F350 with Diesel or 460 gas engines and Borg Warner 1356 Transfer Case with Slip Yoke type rear output shaft. Takes 1350 series u-joints with 1-3/16" cup diameter
QU40855 Heavy-Duty 14 Based on 16 Spline Rear Driveshaft Slip Yoke for 1994-1997 F250, F350 Rear Driveshafts This is an original equipment quality, USA made, heavy barrel slip yoke that directly replaces your original rear driveshaft slip yoke.
Link to QU40855 Catalog Page
QU42170U Used 7.5" Long 1330 Series Slip Yoke with 1-3/8" 15 based on 16 spline for Ford trucks with 6 cylinder or small block gas V8 engines.
Driveshaft attachment hardware is one of the most overlooked components requiring frequent replacement. While you can reuse these bolts, you can not compensate for either head wear or bolt fatigue. Replacing your driveshaft attachment hardware when performing other driveshaft service is good preventative maintenance.
QU40841 Driveshaft U-Bolt Kit for Ford Fits 1980 to 1997 Ford axle, transfer case, and transmission yokes that use universal joints with two 1-1/8" diameter bearing cups for the gearbox/axle yokes. Use this Kit to replace broken or stripped original u-bolts
QU40709 Universal Joint Strap and Bolt Kit Is redesigned Kit with hex head bolts instead of internal Torx® drive screws made by the original supplier of the u-joint strap and bolt kit to Ford. For 1987-1997 Diesel and 460 powered trucks with 1-3/16" diameter rear driveshaft universal joints cups attaching to end yokes
QU20103 Driveshaft to Transfer Case Bolt Is a genuine original equipment 12 point metric bolt with pre-applied threadlocking compound. Use 4 of these bolts to attach your 1995-1997 Ford Full Size driveshaft flange to your round transfer case or axle flange
QU20060 Torx Head Screw For the rear driveshaft to rear axle U-Joint clamps on 1985-1997 Ford F250, F350 Diesel or V10 trucks with 1350 Series U-Joint.
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 1980-1997 Ford.
QT4008 Medium Size U-Joint Separator Yoke
Is used with a QT1065
series C-frame Press and QT4016
Press Anvil to easily remove the universal joints on 1980-1997 Ford rear 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 universal joints from any stock type 1980-1997 Ford full size 4x4 rear driveshaft
Ford used 3" outside diameter alloy driveshaft tubing with welded seams for most 1980 to 1997 F250 and F350 diesel driveshafts. Driveshaft tubing is typically more concentric, straighter, and has a higher Rockwell hardness rating when compared to general purpose tubing. A driveshaft needs to be retubed any time the tube is bent, dinged, or creased. Retubing a driveshaft is best done by a qualified driveline shop that can balance the finished assembly, however any competent machinist with a long bed lathe can successfully retube a driveshaft. See TM3000 Driveshaft Manual or TSB3510
download for driveshaft assembly runout specifications
QU40870 3" Driveshaft Tubing For 3" outside diameter rear driveshafts in 1980-1997 Ford F-Series trucks
Greaseable or non-greaseable which is better? Which u-joint type is best for YOU will depend upon your budget, operating conditions, maintenance, engine power, and expected length of ownership. From a standpoint of durability under most operating conditions, our Torque King
® cold-forged factory lubed universal joints will outlast greaseable universal joints by a considerable margin due the the hardness of the cold-forged cross and superiority of the multiple lip seals. Our greaseable u-joints are quality, USA made parts with hot-forged crosses and single lip seals. For stock engine trucks with good maintenance, greaseable u-joints will last for a long time....but, it has been our experience that most people do not grease their vehicles as frequently as they should and most do not use a quality synthetic like Pyroplex Plus
. If you miss a lube interval during wet winter weather, water will probably infiltrate past the single lip seal and presto you have a rusty, failed u-joint!
TK40721 1330 Series Torque King ® Non-Greaseable U-Joint is a premium, cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed, universal joint with four external snap rings for 1980-1997 Ford Rear Driveshaft Constant Velocity Joints, Center U-joints, Slip Yokes, and Flange Yokes
QU40774 1330 Series Greaseable U-Joint Is a hot-forged, alloy steel, greaseable universal joint with metal-backed seals with four external snap rings for 1980-1997 Ford Rear Driveshaft Constant Velocity Joints, Center U-joints, Slip Yokes, and Flange Yokes
QU40783 1310 Series EZ-Grease External Snap Ring U-Joint With lube fitting in cap for double cardan CV Joints. For Ford 1980-1996 Rear CV driveshaft
TK40723 1330 Series Torque King ® Non-Greaseable U-Joint is a premium, cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed, universal joint with two external snap rings for 1980-1997 Ford Rear Driveshafts. These U-joints attach to your fixed transfer case end yokes or pinion yokes with u-bolts. The 1-1/16" cups get pressed into the driveshaft yoke and the two 1-1/8" cups fit your transfer case fixed yoke and/or rear axle pinion yoke
QU40776 1330F Series Greaseable U-Joint Is a hot-forged, alloy steel, greaseable universal joint with metal-backed seals and two external snap rings for 1980-1997 Ford Rear Driveshafts. These U-joints attach to your fixed transfer case end yokes or pinion yokes with u-bolts. The 1-1/16" cups get pressed into the driveshaft yoke and the two 1-1/8" cups fit your transfer case fixed yoke and/or rear axle pinion yoke
TK40719 1350 Series Torque King® Non-Greaseable U-Joint Is a premium quality, cold-forged, alloy steel, non-greaseable factory synthetic-lubed, all position rear driveshaft universal joint with four external snap rings for late 1987 through 1997 F250 and F350 with gas 460 or Diesel engines
QU40731 1350 Series Greaseable U-Joint Is a hot-forged, alloy steel, all position rear driveshaft universal joint with four external snap rings for late 1987 through 1997 F250 and F350 with gas 460 or Diesel engines