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Old 11-24-2009, 07:25 PM
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I have you beat: my Advance auto axle failed before the car came off of the jack stands. The boot on the second one started leaking within 1 mile, then the inner join came apart after maybe 3000 miles. Definitely not worth it!

That's weird, I've had good luck with their axles in subarus multiple times. Guess I'll have to watch mine on the 300, sounds like there are some horror stories.
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Old 11-24-2009, 07:36 PM
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That's a pretty good duct tape job!
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If I get 20k out of them I'll consider that reasonable for the $70/side. If I count correctly the axle swap is about 8 bolts and a c-clip harder than changing the diff fluid. I can spare an afternoon and $140 every 2 years...
It's true that changing them out is not too bad.

But why spend $140 every two years when you could spend $300 once (for quality rebuilds) and have them last much, much longer?
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Old 11-24-2009, 09:12 PM
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I'm looking into doing the work myself. Judging from all of the materials the work doesn't seem too difficult.

Now I just need a set of my own jacks!
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:16 PM
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It's true that changing them out is not too bad.

But why spend $140 every two years when you could spend $300 once (for quality rebuilds) and have them last much, much longer?

Two reasons. I've used the cheapo GSP axles in subarus that saw steering angles on top of drive force and they've lasted fine.

Second reason- I'm coming from a solid axle background I don't like CVs to begin with. I guess I just don't really believe any boots will last past 5 years or so and given past experience with my subaru and roommate's subaru the GSP axles would be comparable to OEM in durability.

Sounds like in this case the MIC axles aren't comparable in the wear category so quality rebuilts sound like the next best option. That said I've got a couple hundred miles on the GSP axles for the 300D and they're doing the only things I wanted from the axles- transferring force and being quiet.

If/when they give up I won't be the type to buy again if the failure is premature. Could I really get 7-10 years out of quality rebuilts? Gladly spend the money if I can.
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Old 11-24-2009, 10:29 PM
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Could I really get 7-10 years out of quality rebuilts? Gladly spend the money if I can.
I put on a pair of CVJ rebuilt half-shafts about 200K miles ago (4 or 5 years) and they we perfect up to a few weeks ago. I had my rear springs and shocks replaced, about a week later I noticed that one of the boots had split so I had another CVJ rebuilt installed. The boot wasn't dried out or cracked, so I suspect it was strained during the previous work or it was hit by something while driving. The half shaft I replaced was still fine except for the split boot, but I didn't want to mess with repairing it.
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Old 11-25-2009, 04:21 AM
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The factory boots are incredibly tough. They last twenty five years and hundreds of thousands of miles.

I would not take a car on the highway with a cv joint clunking. A tight joint with a torn boot might be worth replacing just the boot, but the rebuilds are reasonable enough that it seems a good solution to replace the entire assembly.
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