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John Deere 317 drive shaft

Posted by lug_nutt NE IN. (My Page) on
Mon, Dec 6, 10 at 7:10

My John Deere 317 has a bad u-joint in engine side of drive shaft. JD only sells it as a complete shaft assembly. pricey. I have the tools to rebuild shaft, but could use some info on the u-joint part number and where to purchase? Maybe someone has a used one around for sell. found 1 on ebay but they have it priced to high, as much as new one:-( This is my lot tractor for plowing, So it essential I get it going soon. thanks for any help.

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RE: John Deere 317 drive shaft

When an OEM decides to service sub-assemblies as a unit (shaft assembly) instead of individual component items (U-joint), it often means that the constituent parts are proprietary to that OEM and that application.
If your immediate locale has a specialty "Driveshaft Shop" it might be possible to obtain a replacement U-joint there.
They will need the shaft with an intact U-joint to measure in order to determine what will fit.
In this case, the shaft with one U-joint still in place, and the defective U-joint removed (but take the cups and trunnion with you too) will make it simple for them to measure. Good luck!

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