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ijefferyes



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Which UJs?

OK, so this maybe a matter of preference, but I am looking to replace both the front and rear propshaft UJs but I am baffled by the range of prices.

On Brit Cars the Bearmach ones are only £7 whereas the GKN Bearmach ones are £25. I can also find GKN for £15 by other Brands.

So, does anyone have any recommendations? Happy to pay the extra if worth but higher price doesn't always mean higher quality.

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landy andy



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GKN ones for me. I get my UJ’s from Bailey Morris who make props. They now their stuff, but don’t know if they are currently working. Certainly don’t go cheap

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Michaelkan



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Gwyn Lewis

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Bluest



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There are different grades of GKN ones. The heavier duty ones having longer needle rollers. I don’t know how you go about ensuring the heavier duty ones are the ones you get though. 2007 110 TDCi Station Wagon XS

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4RF RDS



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i have always procured Volvo GKN UJs they have two grease nipples and I have NEVER broken one nor worn one out when I replaced an OEM unit. Thumbs Up 2010 Range Rover MkIII Autobiography Super Charged (Idris)
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jst



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Gkn ones. Order from reputable supplier like gwyn you will get what you need then. Cheers

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benniferj



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I love Gwyns shop and his parts but his prices are outrageous for the UJs.
Gotts get me the same GKN ones for a quarter of the price... just rebuilt a pair of Gwyn props for peanuts. Insta: @thebenjordan4x4


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Mo Murphy



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With UJs you'll very much get what you pay for. Remember that GKN will make a UJ to whatever spec the supplier specifys.
Genuine are very good UJs.
I'm intrigued by the Volvo recommendation, is there a part number ?
Mo The Land Rover 90 - Many are called, few are chosen.

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blackwolf



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Re: Which UJs?

ijefferyes wrote:
... the Bearmach ones are only £7 whereas the GKN Bearmach ones are £25. ...


Hmm, there'll be a reason for this, I wonder what it could be? Laughing

Always GKN for me, with the largest journals available. I usually buy from Dingocroft in Wycombe, their website makes it easy to get the right ones. I'd have no hesitation buying from Gwyn Lewis either, and since I now run his custom propshafts with oversized ujs will be if they ever need replacing.

A cheap uj is a false economy imo.

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landy andy



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When I had my 90 I fitted new quality UJ’s and bought a spares, this obviously coast a fortune.

I managed thousands and thousands of Miles with these, daily drive, off roading every week, even dune bashing. I never needed to fit the replacements. I think that says it all.

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ijefferyes



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I think the ones from Gwyn Lewis are looking like a good option.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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4RF RDS wrote:
i have always procured Volvo GKN UJs they have two grease nipples and I have NEVER broken one nor worn one out when I replaced an OEM unit. Thumbs Up


My mistake, I just checked the box, the Volvo U-joints are GMB not GKN. Sorry for any confusion but since it was asked I do use them and they are very good, the two grease nipples are much easier for lubing with no less strength to the unit. Part number is GMB 220-1100 2010 Range Rover MkIII Autobiography Super Charged (Idris)
2003 Range Rover Mk III (Desmond FitzWilliam)
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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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Mo Murphy



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Thanks
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