CV Half Shaft

#1
Figure it would be good to have a section to share our research and findings. Kind of a what works and does not work area.

What seems to be the general consensus from previous discussions...

One main tip it to add clamps to the inside of the boots to prevent them sliding off after lifting.

Many people use the Cardone shafts with good luck.

Seems that replacing the boot only is generally more trouble than just replacing the whole shaft and keeping the old one as a trail spare.




My current issue...
I have had my Cardone boot get a hole in it randomly now. No hole, drive all pavement to work two days and now grease everyone and a hole the size of a pencil. I am not sold on these boots being an upgrade. Never had any issue with stock boots until a 3 inch diameter log tore a hole in one and ripped the hub sensor in half. So rather than just follow the status quo, I was trying to find out if anyone used any other brands of cv shafts with good luck. I found the advance auto new GSP shaft for $45 with a discount code and local pickup.

Any advice or info on shafts that have worked or not worked?
 

DenaliHD66

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#2
Would like to bump this thread. I'm checking out rock auto--coming up on 100k miles and want to replace both cv half shafts. Front left one has been slinging grease for quite a while, so I'll change them out along with bearing hubs that need replaced.

RockAuto has Cardones which look fine, but Empi's cost a bit more, and look very high quality in comparison. Any thoughts on these 2 brands against each other?
 
#3
I have two Cardones on my truck, and aside from a design change between the two (purchased several months apart) they both have been working just fine. I think most people here who have replaced their CVs are using the Cardones.
 
#4
I prefer the factory style rebuilds i foind on ebay to the Cardone ones. I have had better luck w factory boots than the cardone.
 

DenaliHD66

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#5
Factory style boots are inferior to aftermarket neoprene ones, which seem to be the huge preference over OEM ones. I think that's why everyone goes aftermarket once they fail.
 
#6
DenaliHD66 said:
Factory style boots are inferior to aftermarket neoprene ones, which seem to be the huge preference over OEM ones. I think that's why everyone goes aftermarket once they fail.
From actual experience ...i think the neoprene is inferior.
 
#10
I'm having both of my axle's replaced next week. Should I ask the shop to remove the clamps that come with them and put hose clamps on all of them? I put on Marks 3" front mounts, had an alignment, and both inner boots sprayed grease.