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Old 10-12-2013, 01:18 PM
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Aftermarket Axle Question

Had my 2000 SH serviced at the dealer a few weeks ago. The only out of the ordinary thing they found was that the left side outer axle boot had split right where it clamps to the axle. The service adviser recommended getting it repaired, (boot replaced 200 dollars) but I declined. He then told me to NOT use aftermarket axles because he said they would not stay balanced; is that true or did he blow some smoke? BTW, I verified when I got home that the boot was torn and had slung grease just like he said.

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Re: Aftermarket Axle Question

First things first...most service advisors don't know jack about cars let alone an SH. 75% off the techs don't even know what ATTS is. LOL. if you're mechanically inclined an a outer c.v. boot is a simple task. Don't really see an issue with poppin ' in aftermarket as long as you specify it's for an SH for the simple reason that the ATTS is mounted on the left hand side and my guess is it probably uses al shorter axle(don't quote me on that)
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Re: Aftermarket Axle Question

Always use oem when possible unless you are going hi po. So the guy told you correct.
Try majestic honda .com for the part.

Now as far as Honda tech's not being familiar with the SH, yeah maybe little snot nosed punks who just got outta asc school and think the civic was the only Si ever made. But a good dealership will have good mechanics.

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Re: Aftermarket Axle Question

Thanks for the info guys. I did do a little online research and found out that aftermarket axles do seem to cause a vibration problem in some Honda models, but I never saw the Prelude mentioned. I am guessing that the Prelude is not immune there. Also, this is one time when the tech adviser is not a snotty nose punk. He actually had a base model when they were new and remembers it well. In addition, he notes that most 5th generation cars that come in for service are trashed, mine still looks pretty good for its age.

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Re: Aftermarket Axle Question

It's a hit or miss with aftermarket axles. I've heard of many that have vibration issues with non-oem axles.



However, the only first hand experience I have with using 2 different axles at once is when I had a level 2.9 axle rated for 500hp on one side and a factory axle on the other. This was only due to needing a boot replacement on the 2.9, significant difference in size between the two - and I sure as hell felt some vibrations lol.

But that doesn't really apply to anyone else due to the specific axles i had. (nobody wants to spend the money on a good $rape$ set of axles)
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Re: Aftermarket Axle Question

I've been running axles from Auto Zone and O Rileys for years and years with no issues at all. Good thing for lifetime warranty, so to answer your question, yes running aftermarket axles will be perfectly fine. A lot cheaper and will have lifetime warranty
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I've also been running Auto Zone axles for a couple years now with no problems.
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The stealership advisor is paid on parts and labor commission, so it makes sense why he wants you to purchase an OEM reman axle.
The Honda OEM boots are very high quality compared to aftermarket ones, but the Honda reman ones do not use them.
For anyone that thinks they can just 're-boot' the outer joint. You have to disassemble the inner one to swap out the outer one making the labor cost prohibitive (unless you're doing the entire job yourself). It is much cheaper and easier to just replace the entire axle with a remanufactured one (~$79.99). And as Brian said they have a LT warranty, so when the boot rips again your new one will be free (you'll have to pay labor again though if you did not install it yourself). I prefer NAPA and CARQUEST reman axles to AZ or Advance IMHO.
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