CV boot fix on 5kcstq

John Larson j.d.larson at
Thu Jul 21 15:32:13 EDT 2005

You asked:  "So, when you buy a rebuilt half-shaft, what are you getting 
besides new
boots and clean grease?  When I changed my boots, I cleaned the joints,
carefully inspected the balls and races for defects and found none, then
repacked them.  I believe that sells half-shafts with brand-new
joints, but if you just get a "rebuilt" joint, then what are you getting
that is any better than the core you're sending back?"

I've made exactly this point many times since I joined this list, to 
little or no avail, and even to some resistance.  MOST rebuilt axles 
seem to be rebooted and sprayed with the color of the day.  I've even 
gotten some "better" remans that they forgot to grease.  I occasionally 
use a local rebuilder for CVs that are NLA, such as early 911/912s and 
914s.  His are ground and fitted with oversize innards.  They're NOT 
cheap, but make otherwise dead cars alive again.  John

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