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Old 03-21-2018, 04:42 AM   #1
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Rebuild or Replace with Remanufactured Rear Axles

I am preparing for Spring and taking the Box out of storage. However, it is in need of CV boot repair as they are torn, I don't have any idea about the condition of the joints. I have an offer by an Indy that will cost less to install remanufactured rear axles, lifetime warranty versus repair original CV boots (including cleaning & regrease).

So, should I repair and keep original axles or replace with remanufactured axles?
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:33 AM   #2
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My axle was replaced with a FEQ one which costs under $150. Many of the non factory ones don't fit well and some are too big to fit in the hub.

My indy mechanic who also tracks his Boxster has been very happy with the FEQ quality and uses them himself.

With that price point, doesn't make sense to just repack/rebuild the CVs
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My axle was replaced with a FEQ one which costs under $150. Many of the non factory ones don't fit well and some are too big to fit in the hub.

My indy mechanic who also tracks his Boxster has been very happy with the FEQ quality and uses them himself.

With that price point, doesn't make sense to just repack/rebuild the CVs
I just finished replacing the boots and shocks,it was a pretty strenuous job for a 61 year old. I had 1 inside joint that was very difficult to get off which made the whole project a lot more difficult. During the process I was thinking maybe should have replaced the whole axle but in the end was much cheaper to do just boots. In the end everything was good just would have been much easier without that stuck joint and shock replacement added to the work.

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Old 03-21-2018, 07:27 AM   #4
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I cleaned & greased the CV joints and installed new boots when I recently replaced my old engine with a less old one. Rock Auto sells kits for as little as $4 each, I splurged and got the $10 kits. I have a parts washer to clean the grease that I couldn't just wipe off and then used Brake Cleaner to get the joints very clean. Then grease and install the boots. It's messy, so cleaning up after it's all done (with brake clean) finishes the process.

Instead of $300 for a pair of axles (as listed earlier in this thread) mine cost a total of less than $40. I sort of agree that the hardest part is getting them out--putting nice clean ones back in was a piece of cake. I made a tool--cut off a 6mm allen key and used rtv to glue it into a 6 mm deep wall 1/4 in. drive socket. A little breaker bar and a cheater bar helps break the axle to trans. bolts loose.

If that youngster AZLVR can do it, you can too. (I'm 66)
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