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Old 10-30-2018, 03:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys, Thanks again for all the help and entertainment you've given me over the last couple years, I even though I rarely post, I enjoy this place more each time I log on. Anyway....

A few years ago I had a outer CV joint fail on my driver side axle. (the failure was my own fault, I drove around with ripped up CV boots for years. Gotta learn somehow I guess ) At the time I had yet to have bad experiences with autoparts store brand aftermarket parts, so I didn't think twice about replacing the entire CV shafts on both sides with Duralast brand Remanufactured half shafts from Autozone, and taking my original OEM shafts in for the core charge. The Duralast half shafts lasted about a year 12k miles before the inner rubber boots began to fall apart. The shafts came with a lifetime warranty so I swapped them out for new ones, with pretty much the same result, the rubber boots failed again about a year later. So here I am again, with a torn boot on the inner passenger side joint, I would guess the other side isn't far behind...

While working on my girlfriends 4runner I recently discovered a local shop that specializes in rebuilding CV axles. So my question is this. When it comes time to do this job over yet again, would it be worth my time and money to have the aftermarket shafts rebuilt by a local shop? or would I be better off going to a junkyard and pulling Oem halfshafts and then taking those in to be rebuilt? Or I could just get another set of Duralasts under warranty, but I'm getting a little sick of doing this job almost annually.

I'm definitely kicking myself for taking in my orginals for a 20 dollar core charge. I'm wondering if you guys think the shaft itself is the same from autozone vs. orginal? I guess i dont know or understand much about how in depth of a rebuild is done on a cv axle, would the shop be replacing everything but the shaft itself?

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Old 10-30-2018, 05:18 PM   #2
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My truck has had O'Reilley CV shafts on it for almost 5 years and the boots on those are still fine. Not sure if there's a difference in the Duralast vs whatever ORly sells but I've had good luck with them. I only put 2-3k miles on my truck per year though.
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Are you lifted or putting strain on the boots? Mine are OE and 32 years old feel almost new.
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Are you lifted or putting strain on the boots? Mine are OE and 32 years old feel almost new.
Nope stock height 4x4. I can't think of how I could be putting any extra strain on the boots. I wheel a little bit (GENTLY), but the majority of my miles are on the highway with my hubs on free. The original boots were cracked and brittle when I bought the truck 12 years ago, I ignored them for far too long hence the actual failure of one of the CV joints a few years back.

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do you have issues getting the bearing hub screwed on right?
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:43 PM   #6
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do you have issues getting the bearing hub screwed on right?
you're talking about getting that special hub lock nut thing threaded on there right? no issue there, and the snap ring fits right in its groove.
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