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#1 stevetone

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 04:45 AM

I wanted to report my experience with aftermarket axles since there is the occasional controversy regarding the use of non-Subaru axles.

 

I just replaced both front axles with AutoZone Duralast Golds, part number 9330N. They were only about $60 each, which I thought was a reasonable amount to spend on my "ancient" Subaru. These are brand new axles, not remanufactered.

 

Now I am a "hack" at best, but it took me less than 2 hours of real work to get the first side in. Much less on the second set. I disconnected the lower ball joint castle nut and the anti-sway link to get the hub to move enough to extract the axle. Used lots of PB Blaster before hand, as my 1995 Legacy LSi has seen over 162,000 miles of Midwest winters. But in the end, my new big-a breaker bar from Harbor Freight was no match for them, and everything went without too much drama.

 

The only real difficulty I had was getting one of the roll pins to go in all the way. Mushroomed the end trying, then got wise and inserted it from the other side. Piece of cake.

 

I am happy to report that after installation I have experienced no vibrations, and the front end feels much smoother than before. And, the dreaded "click" is gone. (Although, in the process I noticed that my steering rack boots were also torn, so yet another project on the list).

 

BTW, I have two Subaru "cores" if anyone wants them for free. One is pretty trashed with a mangled joint, but the other is OK I think (however, I did not do a close inspection). Given the preference of some to use genuine Subaru axles and reboot, thought it might be useful to offer them if you can use them. I am in Wisconsin.


Edited by stevetone, 20 April 2013 - 04:46 AM.


#2 mikaleda

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 09:42 AM

I think the problem is in the non subaru remans, I think as long as your getting new axles (you can tell if they don't ask for a core) you won't have the problems like the remans. On the other hand it might take a few try's but the remans arn't really that bad either once you get a good set, my moms legacy has two napa remans on the front and they have never given her any problems and they've been in there a few oil changes.

#3 Gloyale

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:43 AM

I've had "new" ones make alot of noise, click clack, and on automatic cars cause vibration when stopped in gear.

 

It's  a crap shoot.

 

"new" isn't nessecarily better.....especially when they are cheap and from China.



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:52 AM

^^^^^
What he said. Even the NEW specimens are lacking in grease.clicky ticky tavvy will come soon enough. LOL

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:34 PM

I've been curious about those ever since I started at AutoZone about 8 months ago. They look really well made.

But only time will tell. Most of the cardone reman ones that I've bought lasted at least a few months before showing signs of failure. But most failed within a year or so.....

#6 spazomatic

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 06:08 AM

I tried those, and thr right side was clicking the very first time i moved the car!

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:26 AM

I wanted to report my experience with aftermarket axles since there is the occasional controversy regarding the use of non-Subaru axles.

 

there isn't any controversy, just have to see clearly how it works.  aftermarket axles have a success rate - let's call it 80% to make up a number.  if 80% are good, then 80 out of 100 folks will be happy.  many of those 80 will sell the car or won't have the car long enough to report back or see failures and many of those 80 will never have issues at all. that works for folks wanting to avoid a $250 repair bill.

 

but - for those of us that do a lot of these and have been for years - a %20 failure rate is absolutely awful.  my time is extremely valuable, redoing an axle is not acceptable. i also travel a lot and get many years/miles out of my daily drivers - Maine, Florida, New Orleans, Colorado, Joplin Missouri...many 1,000+ mile trips, a possible failed joint is not an option.

 

aftermarkets are a good fit for some people.  someone doing one axle every 10 years is unlikely to have any problems.  someone doing 10 a year or month....it's silly to have guaranteed failures and extra work.


Edited by grossgary, 22 April 2013 - 11:27 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:29 AM

interested in shipping the not busticated axle, i'd take it.   have the original boxes the new axles came in to ship it with?



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 12:01 PM

Not for a Subaru but I have had rebuilt axles have the wrong ends on them.. You Could take the brand new Duralast CV's and buy OEM boots and axle grease. pull the axles apart and put the OEM stuff in them for an OEM-like install.



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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:10 PM

there isn't any controversy, just have to see clearly how it works.  aftermarket axles have a success rate - let's call it 80% to make up a number.  if 80% are good, then 80 out of 100 folks will be happy.  many of those 80 will sell the car or won't have the car long enough to report back or see failures and many of those 80 will never have issues at all. that works for folks wanting to avoid a $250 repair bill.

I've had a 100% failure rate within a year on remanufactured axles. Probably a dozen of them. Many in stock vehicles.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 03:33 AM

I have grabbed a few cv axles out of the junk yard OEM FOR CHEAP! if there is no play in either joint and the boots are good WHY NOT?



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:26 AM

I've had a 100% failure rate within a year on remanufactured axles. Probably a dozen of them. Many in stock vehicles.

 

HA HA!   thanks!  about how i feel. was *very* generous on the made up numbers to appease the anecdotal commentary.  i dislike the aftermarket axle scene but try to be accommodating here. LOL



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:19 AM

I have got 3 different half shafts from CVO inc in Ocala Fl.  Two Subarus and one Plymouth Mini van All lasted and never had to replaced in over 5 years.  Prompt UPS delivery etc. I thought price was very fair.  Check out website and appears he does all type including industrial types.    Very good to work with too!!    .. 



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Posted 29 March 2014 - 04:26 PM

I just recently bought a set of the new Duralast for my 07 impreza.  Within 500 miles I had to replace one because a clamp opened a small hole on the boot. What a pain in the neck. I'm also having vibration under accerleration between 2200 and 2800 rpm. I'll post another update if things improve but I'm not happy with them. Who makes the OEM axles for Subaru? I would like to buy some new oem axles without paying an arm and a leg for them. 



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Posted 30 March 2014 - 01:54 PM

My experience with reman, or new aftermarket axles has been pretty good. But I may agree w above post about 80% success rate, as I've heard other stories about failures and vibrations. I spent several years as mechanic for tire store and a couple at Chrylser dealer. One time I had a reman fail on a test drive, on an Integra. No posi so it was stuck. I slapped in another from a different store and it failed within a couple miles too! I couldn't believe the luck that day. Took another day to get one, then it was good. But other than that, all others have worked well. But I don't have that much experience with Subaru and if they're more sensitive to funky axles.




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