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Needle Bearing Universal Joints

Minimize Backlash at Higher Angles With Needle Bearing U Joints

High speeds can be problematic for joints fitted with plain friction u joint bearings, even if the transmitted torque is low.

Needle-Bearing universal joints are equipped with roller u joint bearings that reduce friction. These high-precision joints are built to maintain minimal backlash at higher angles for critical applications, such as robotics and instrumentation. Needle-bearing u joints deliver superior lifetime at continuous operations and high RPM at operating angles of up to 45°. They have the capability to be rebuilt when wear and tear occurs – a Belden exclusive. 


  • Minimizes and maintains near-zero torsional backlash 
  • Superior lifetime at continuous applications and high RPM (up to 6000)
  • Operating angle up to 90° (45° per joint)
  • Needle bearings lubricated for lifetime of the joint
  • Boot covers are recommended in gaseous and abrasive environments
  • Yoke material: fatigue-proof steel or stainless steel
  • Cross material: high-grade alloy steel, hardened and precision ground
  • Hub ends available with several standard bore configurations (plain bore, keyway, hex- and square bore)
  • Optionally available Platings: Zink, Nickel, Cadmium, MoS2, Black Oxide
  • Pin & block design with needle bearings available as well
  • Telescoping Drive Shaft also available upon request
Needle Bearing Universal Joint

Needle Bearing Universal Joint

Needle-Bearing Joint - Exploded View

Needle-Bearing Joint - Exploded View


Universal Joint Assembly Quote Request

Our Needle Bearing Universal joints can be customized by bores, keyways, special hub configurations. They can be manufactured from a wide variety of materials and finished with specialty coatings and platings. Components can be outfitted with lubricant retaining boots, containing specialty lubricants for a variety of industries and applications.

Customization options for universal joints: