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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-06-2015, 12:08 PM
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That definitely would have been the better way to go instead of the cheap reman/new axles because it would have cost the same or less. But I have other things I need to do and would rather just swap the axle than rebuild it. They're not hard to rebuild really...if you can pull an axle I'm sure you can rebuild it.

So you're right, if you want an axle that costs less and will probably last you another hundred thousand, get one from a junkyard with intact boots and not contaminated grease, reboot it, and go. If you need something quick and solid and don't mind paying extra, Raxles is probably the way to go.


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Just got my axle from Raxles. Looks very good quality. Includes new axle nut and roll pin as all axles should. Can't wait to install it.












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Raxles axle installed without a hitch. The whole thing just feels quality.

Few months used Cardone axle, failed big clamp on outer joint, failed small clamp on inner joint.








Only one disappointing thing after I replaced the passenger's axle...Driver's side axle inner boot is also split...YAY! I might just reboot that one if it doesn't look too bad. Cars suck.

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Subaru Boots, are way superior to anything you can buy in a parts store, RAXLES will be same as aftermarket, boots are cheapo.
You are better off with a OEM Subaru Axle, cleaned up, new grease, and OEM Subaru Boots.

cheapo boots are like thin plastic, and Subaru boots are THICK rubber.

Subaru's are a lot harder on axles than most cars, and they are more sensitive to inferior parts, more small vibrations show on a Subaru that will not even be felt on other makes.

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Subaru Boots, are way superior to anything you can buy in a parts store, RAXLES will be same as aftermarket, boots are cheapo.
You are better off with a OEM Subaru Axle, cleaned up, new grease, and OEM Subaru Boots.

cheapo boots are like thin plastic, and Subaru boots are THICK rubber.

Subaru's are a lot harder on axles than most cars, and they are more sensitive to inferior parts, more small vibrations show on a Subaru that will not even be felt on other makes.
We will see. I'll let you know in another 150k miles whether the Raxles have held up as well as the OEM.

What do you mean that Subarus are harder on axles? The biggest reason for boot failure is chronic heat damage from the exhaust, and boot failure is the biggest cause of joint damage/failure. Subarus aren't the only cars with exhaust close to the axles. In what other ways are Subarus harder on axles?

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RAXLES are probably way better than aftermarket. i don't think there's much to gain discussing whether RAXLES or used rebooted are better. there's pro's and con's to both and the one-stop-shop is enormously helpful.

lifted Subarus (outbacks/forester) have higher angles on the cv joints and stretch the boots more. that's one way they're sometimes harder. i've seen the "lower" stanced legacy's where the axles are nearly straight go a long time on boots.

they're also used a lot in winter, snow, chemically treated/salted roads and areas of the country. and even in those areas they're more likely to actually be on the roads during harsh conditions. people that have to drive in it for work, keep nicer cars in the garage during those periods, etc.

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