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Old 11-10-2010, 06:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Axle / Half Shaft Replacement 97 Legacy L AT AWD

My legacy has a cracked front inner cv boot and a cracked front outer boot on the other axle. Since it has 125k I don't really want to spend 400 on OEM axles.

I've read here that I should get MWE, Cardone, or GCE axles because other aftermarket ones have vibration issues. I've found cardone axles re-manufactored and new for about $45 - are the reman'd ones better or the new ones better? Are there any other aftermarket axles I could use?
Perhaps something from a shop in my area? (I can get Master Pro half shafts from kragen and Duralast from autozone)

Also, a lot of axles I see say "Transfer Inner Stub Shaft From OE Axle" - how hard is that to do, and is there a chance my original inner stub shaft is damaged or worn excessively?

Also, are the axles in the front the same as the back?

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Fronts and Rear axles have different P/N's so they are not the same.

Some here suggest changing the boot rather than the axle. See this thread for details: Subaru Outback CV Boot Repair

I would stay away from the Pepboys or Autozone crap, especially on an AT (have been reported as transferring vibrations from engine/transmission at idle in Drive on some cars).
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I put a new Cardone on my '98 with no issues so far. The new ones are made in China. The remanufactured ones are supposedly OE cores. If your buying locally, I would get the reman'd ones. The only reason I tried the new was that I ordered online and didn't want to hassel with return shipping to get the core charge refunded. There was no core for the new axle.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Some folks have said good stuff about EMPI.

EMPIUS.COM : New Complete Drive Axles!

From what I can see, they are new - not reman and are made in USA. This place:

Discount Auto Parts - Car Parts, Truck Accessories and Import Performance Parts at The Parts Bin

has them for $77.95.

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