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Old August 1st, 2019, 11:09   #1
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310k and it's time for axles. All 4 boots are toast and I figure with the mileage and towing use, it's best to replace the entire axle. I plan on getting another 300k or more out of this car, so no Rock Auto, eBay, Prothe, etc parts will be installed.



I've found three decent options and wanted to ask opinions on them.
OEM VW- $358 at Jim Ellis VW
GKN- $239 at ID Parts
GSP- $89 at ID Parts


I think that $89 is a little too cheap for a part that's usually three times as much. What are some thoughts on the GKNs? Are they worth the $120 off of the OEM part?


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Old August 1st, 2019, 13:45   #2
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Raxles has a good reputation around this forum. Nice guy, fast shipping, he rebuilds them and you send him back your damaged ones as core.
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Old August 1st, 2019, 14:55   #3
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Thanks! I'll check them out.

Another question, is it out of the ballpark to think that CV joints at 310k are still good? The boots are splitting but the joints themselves make no noise. Would it be realistic to just replace the boots?
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 09:18   #4
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I don't see why the CV joints would not be good if they are not making any noise while turning. I have replaced the inner booth covers myself on my 06 DSG (the ones for manual transmission are different), it's a messy job, but definitely doable. ID parts has the kits (2 different sizes for the boots), I went with the cheaper one, as that was the correct size for my car. Make sure you are buying a new bolt for the axle, and the 6 bolts per axle that are connecting the axle to the DSG. Might as well buy a
https://www.idparts.com/cv-boot-kit-...sg-p-3273.html
https://www.idparts.com/cv-boot-kit-...sg-p-3494.html
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 12:12   #5
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If the boots been split for a while then I would consider the GKNs assemblies..you can go with the boots as relum said, it is a very nasty dirty job and you would have to get ALL the old grease cause its contaminated, and will accelerate the deteriation of the joint. I liked the job as I replaced the wheel bearings and then just slide in a brand new assembly.

You are going to do the wheel bearings eh?

locktite the inner axle bolts and torque to 30ft lbs.
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 12:24   #6
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Bearings isn't a bad idea, actually. One was replaced about 100k ago, the other is original. I figure they've done their time, haha.

The boots themselves are very lightly split and really haven't flung a lot of grease yet. I feel that I caught them early enough to just replace them. After a thorough cleaning, of course.

I actually found the OEM boots from Jim Ellis VW at a very competitive price compared to the kits available. Waiting for an email back from them about what comes with before I go ahead and order them.

Thanks for the feedback from everyone about replacing the boots only. I wanted to do a reality check first before getting my hands dirty with these.
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 13:04   #7
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Seriously consider doing the bearings while you are right there, I am going to do the rest of mine at 190000, this winter/cool down.

You have of course done boots before? There is a way to do them in order. 310000m you got your money worth out of them. I usually don't rebuild them unless its the first one off, that second one is no fun, you can save some good money although I would have consider mileage on the parts as well. That's a lot of mileage on all those parts.
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Old August 2nd, 2019, 13:51   #8
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GKN/Lobro is who makes many (most) of the drive axles for VAG. So they are OEM.


Chaxles are junk. Don't bother. They'll be bad in 6 months... and by bad I mean worse than OEM axles with 150k miles on them.
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Old August 3rd, 2019, 18:55   #9
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Mach1,

Never done boots, but I've done plenty of other things involving attention to detail, cleanliness, and adherence to proper procedures. What's this order you speak of? Curious!

I may just pull these apart and inspect them first and decide from there whether or not to completely replace or not.

Oilhammer,

Thanks for that! Makes me feel a lot better about getting them if I have to. I don't mind saving a couple hundred dollars for OEM parts.
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Old August 4th, 2019, 12:24   #10
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GKN/Lobro is who makes many (most) of the drive axles for VAG. So they are OEM.


Chaxles are junk. Don't bother. They'll be bad in 6 months... and by bad I mean worse than OEM axles with 150k miles on them.



Is there any extra labor to change Axles if doing the transmission and suspension at same time?
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Old August 5th, 2019, 03:51   #11
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Well you'd have to define "doing the transmission and suspension". If that involves removal of the axles, then no. If it does not, then yes.
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Old August 8th, 2019, 06:23   #12
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Quick question, do the inner axles have a backing plate or are the joints open when you disconnect them from the transmission flanges? I'm trying to remember from the last time I had the axles off.



Asking so that I have all my ducks in a row when it comes time to start pulling things apart.
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