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CV Axle rebuild?

So I've had a nice grinding noise whenever I turn left and am pretty sure I'll be replacing the cv axle soon. So after some investigation it seemed to me that the best replacement is OEM, but at $400+ per, I'm a bit sticker shy. Reviews and general feeling that I found were that aftermarket were a gamble.

So as per usual, I went to YouTube and sure enough there was a great video on taking apart and putting back together a cv axle. It seemed utterly simplistic. I imagine, in my limited knowledge on the matter, that the part most susceptible to damage is the outer bearings and race.

Can this be done to the OEM? Where do you get the parts? Anyone have experience/story?

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CV Axle rebuild?

Depends on what is causing the grind? Mine was easy. I bought the oem rebuild kit (boots and grease for both sides). It was a bit messy but good as new!

I would like to get a set as spare. Not as easy to come by with used ones.

I hope it isn't the other components in your case.


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Quality aftermarket axles with lifetime warranties are ~$150 each. How much "better" can OEM really be?
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Quality aftermarket axles with lifetime warranties are ~$150 each. How much "better" can OEM really be?
What brand are these, or where to buy? At that price I would do this rather than attempt an overhaul of my old ones if I ever needed to. And do these have the problems associated with some from auto parts stores regarding length?
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Re: CV Axle rebuild?

These guys rebuild OEM CV axles. Might contact them and they may be able to ship out already rebuilt OEM FJ CV axle and you send back core when done. Or you could install aftermarket and send your old one to be rebuilt and use as a spare.

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These guys rebuild OEM CV axles. Might contact them and they may be able to ship out already rebuilt OEM FJ CV axle and you send back core when done. Or you could install aftermarket and send your old one to be rebuilt and use as a spare.

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This may be your bet as long as your getting an OEM replacement, the price is reasonable .....and willing to take apart you front end twice. I always suggest doing both within the same period.

Check out my reply to "torn cv boot" on this forum.

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Quality aftermarket axles with lifetime warranties are ~$150 each. How much "better" can OEM really be?
Trust me. OEM is better. I'd go used before buying aftermarket.

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You should diagnose the problem first though. Jack it up and see if you can duplicate the noise.

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Too time consuming and messy to rebuild and to do it right. Just buy replacements

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Re: CV Axle rebuild?

FYI....if you decide to go the OEM route,

They can be purchased for ~$340 from TRD Parts 4 U (forum sponsor). They also provide another 5% discount to FJ forum members (so at least you dont have $400+).

The other route besides having OEM rebuilt is looking at the higher strength CV axles such as Lotus. Not that I would spend this much, but rather than paying for a full price OEM, i would upgrade in strength.

Lotus Heavy Duty Front CV Axles

lots of options out there. Just pick your poison: OEM rebuilt, aftermarket, new OEM, upgraded strength aftermarket.

I got lucky when I replaced the CV axles on my daughter's 3rd gen 4Runner in that Toyota is no longer making OEM new CV axles for the 3rd gen 4Runners, but they offer a rebuilt OEM CV axle for ~$150 each.
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