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Old 11-06-2014, 01:59 PM
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It doesn't make sense when you compare the sub-par quality of the "New" Chinese axles found in the big box stores for under $100.

If you are replacing the axle with another GKN axle, sure it makes sense. But you have to compare the labor to R&R the axle, plus the $280 per side price tag, vs the labor to clean, re-pack and re-boot the joints only.

Unless you are ok with putting the $60 axles in, personally I wouldn't do it. The OE axles can be re-booted and repacked several times before ever needing a replacement, if cared for they should give hundreds of thousands of miles of service.
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No clunking sound: good news.

Get the boot from BMW dealer and DIY.
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Get the boot from BMW dealer and DIY.
Gave up DIY 30 years ago. My knuckles have thanked me ever since (although my wallet hasn't been quite as happy)!
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Old 11-06-2014, 05:44 PM
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A good indy shouldn't charge more than 2 hours per side on the books if they have done the job before (Reboot and Repack the joint with a fresh boot).

Dealer book time I believe is 3.5 hours per side, because their procedure requires you to disconnect/remove everything off the knuckle.
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If the CV joint is clicking you can replace just the CV joint and install a new boot.
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Just had new fronts done last week. $519 inc tax at my indy shop.
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You can get the brakes, front spindle off, driveshaft out and stipped in 30 minutes?
None of that is necessary to change the outer boot.

There's a thread on here on how to do it. I just followed their process. First time takes longer than thirty minutes. Next tome I'll take less than thirty minutes. It's very easy.
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Don't you mean none of that is necessary to change the inner boot? The outer you would absolutely have to remove the axle from the knuckle, unless your going the "glue" route... which I do not suggest
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Don't you mean none of that is necessary to change the inner boot? The outer you would absolutely have to remove the axle from the knuckle, unless your going the "glue" route... which I do not suggest
Nope. The boot nearest the wheel is what I'm talking about and I'm talking about a factory cv boot. You do have to pop the axle out of the cv joint, but you don't have to touch the axle nut. The circlip that hold it in place will also let it come apart once you undo the control arm to get the range of motion you need. So, you absolutely don't need to take the axle out of the hub.

Look at the 30 minute cv boot replacement thread in here. Search is your friend. I'd link it but I'm on my iPad and am not talented enough to do the cut paste well enough.
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And I'm back home on the laptop so here's the linky to the 30 minute cv boot change:

cv-boot-replaced-30-minutes.html
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