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Has anyone ever had to replace CV axles on a suba? If So, what do you think is a good place to get them? I dont want to get them from subaru (They cost over $400 and time to actually get it) and Orielly's are said to be crap. Advanced auto parts dont seem great either. Autozone is wishy washy on reviews. I almost want to go pull 2 off some suba's at a pull a part place I know of. And rockauto sounds nice, but its not OEM like i see everyone says to stick with. (None of these have a lifetime warrenty either. They only support upto 90 days.) What do you think? Can anyone help with that? Thanks!
 

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I replaced one on our 2003 Forester and have had no problems. Subaru oem. Yes, they cost more, but you’ll only have to do it once. If you have the tools, you can DIY.
 

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Ok. Would it be ok to get a cheaper one to hold off till i get those, (or even pull them off another one at pull-a-part) till i can afford those?
 

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I picked up the cheapest axles I could find at first, and the boots didn't last 6 months. I then picked up Cardone axles from rockauto (still cheap, but not the cheapest). I've got 300hp available and they've held up fine for a few years now.

Note that most places call up the same axle L/R, however they are actually about half an inch different. I think all early SG have the male stubshafts coming out of the transmission.

Cheaper axles often have cheaper boots that don't last as long. In some cases, the joint quality is worse as well, which is why most people tout OEM.
 

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My experience with not axles but other stuff from O ‘ Reilly’s don’t waste your time or money!
 

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How bad are your current CV’s? Are the boots intact? What are the symptoms you’re experiencing?

If you need to hold off for a bit, and the ones you’ve got aren’t that bad, just keep driving on them. You could clean and repack them, and put a new boot on them to keep them going a bit longer (maybe lots longer).

Rockauto usually have different quality levels. You could search the net for which brands get ok reviews. Then put quality boots on them, and replace with quality CV grease (with Moly).
 
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