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Old 08-04-2015, 11:30 AM
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^^Absolutely right, I just did my outer boots with GKN kits for $13 a side from Pelican Parts. Inner boots and joints are fine and probably will outlast my ownership.
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Old 08-04-2015, 04:36 PM
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Thank You Very Much

To the forum members who had contributed to this thread, I cant thank you enough for the much needed help. I did the One bolt undo lower control arm method and it works, the only thing different
1. as I was trying to bang the inner tripod off with a crow bar and a hammer, the outer shaft disengaged from the outer cv joint. I did same with Drivers side,So instead of slipping the boots thru the inner joint,
2.Slipped everything,inner boot,clamps then outer boot,clamps from the outer shaft,After having cleaned as much grease as i can from both inner tripod and outer portion of cv joint still attached to the Hub.
3.First Job on Front passenger side I removed and replaced the inner tripod clip, and outer clip on the shaft.
4. The drivers side, i left the tripod clip alone as well as the outer clip on the shaft.
5. Also as I was trying to put the outer shaft into the splined hub, I made sure i heard a click and it was secure, did not take long...trying to get the tripod off was more of a pain.Used 2 GKN Outer(France)2 Rein Inner(Italy)
First time doing it with Jack stands and an Impact.PS 6hrs LOL.DS 2 hrs !!!
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:10 AM
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I don't know what you guys are paying for CV boots but I thought I would at least mention that autozone sells the entire CV assembly inner and outer with brand new everything Premium Gold with warranty for $65 and it took me roughly 20 minutes to replace it.. I've had zero complaints and if it ever does fail it's a 20 minute job and has a wty. For that kind of money I'd rather have a whole new unit if I have to do the labor. Not to mention the boots and disassembly of the CV is a complete pita.

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Old 08-05-2015, 11:49 AM
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o.l.t.,

Well...I have been in different forums (Volvo, BMW) long enough to know that:
- Autozone, Pepboys, etc. axle is a hit and miss. Sometimes it lasts 5 years, sometimes it lasts 2 weeks, basically:

1- Vibration (not balanced properly by the rebuilt place)
2- Cracked in half (hint: Chinese made)

So, using axles from Autozone and the like is a hit-and-miss issue.

The best option is always to re-use GKN CV Joints, simply install new GKN rubber boot. It looks difficult but it is NOT if one remove the INNER Tripod. It is very very easy.

You have to "pay to play"...LOL.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:00 PM
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Autozone and Advance Auto Axles

In my case, I did check AutoZone, my store didn't have passenger side in stock they are 65-109 + some with core charges some without, advance had both Ps and ds at 80 ea no core charges but they said they were made in china, and couldn't confirm the remanufactured ones were even made here, its just a matter of choice for me so I opted to just change the boots, ordered from BAVAUTO ,arrived next day 2 GKN (outer)and 2 rein(inner), total cost $ 80 plus shipped. I had fresh grease on both wheel wells and no clicks in turns whatsoever, so I figured the next time ill have to do this it will be familiar even if I have to do both boots on ea side one Saturday morning . Still well worth the savings over dealer or indy.
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My experience with Rein in my Volvo is not good, after 3y/25K miles, it develops minor cracks on the surface.

Since you use Rein for INNER, you should be fine, but I will never use Rein for OUTER again, based on my Volvo experience.

I'd stick to GKN or BMW OEM boots.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:21 PM
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Cn90,
These were the areas I was having difficulty removing, inner tripod clip, the tripod, the boot clamps would you believe?
Anyway as I was trying to pop the tripod off, the outer shaft disengaged from the outer cv joint/ hub instead so I put new clip in and left tripod alone.
If I was to do this again ill probably try to tap the tripod off and whatever releases first tripod or outer shaft, that's where I am slipping the boots.
I could probably do better than 2 hours one side next time.
I do agree the task looks daunting, but once you do it ,it is not that difficult.
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Old 08-06-2015, 01:50 AM
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@cn90. I'm in Canada so getting parts cheap is hard. I was rushed as I needed to get the car insured, which required a safety inspection due to buying it out of province. Safety required the boot repaired.

Add on top of that it was a holiday here on Monday and I needed to complete on Monday.

Luckily the inner is an easy easy job. Hardest part was that darn c-clip, I hate those things!

I need to do the other side outer also, parts are all ordered and I won't be in a rush.
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Old 09-20-2015, 05:15 AM
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Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread - I have just replaced an outer LH boot on my '05 E53 3.0d by dropping only the rear lower control arm and popping the axle from the outer joint - 60 minutes total time under the wheel arch, 2 hours total time including set up and clean up. I read all 30 pages of this thread first, which took more time that the job itself!

Removing the axle from the outer CV joint (with the CV joint still in the hub) was the quickest and easy way to do this. Removing the axle from the outer CV joint was pretty easy using all the tips in this thread, as was re-installing it.

Time to go and buy that lottery ticket!
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:33 AM
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...Removing the axle from the [B]outer CV joint[/B was easy...
wpoll,

I thought the crux of this DIY is to drop the control arm bolts, then undo the INNER CV Joint (aka "Tripod") to save time and hassle.

Did you really remove the OUTER CV Joint with the 36-mm nut still in place?
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