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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:01 am    Post subject: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

My 'new' 74 Thing was making a clicking noise going around tight corners, and I checked and the boots were shot on the rear axles. SO instead of getting new boots I got a pair of Chinese axles and had my friendly VW mechanic Adam, replace the axles. They came with new bolts and washers, but the bolts were six pointed not the 12 pointed in place, so Adam used the old bolts. I will keep track on how long they last and I know Solomon Grundy will hate these boots, we'll see, $110 for 2 axles isn't worth sneezing at.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

How are they holding up? Are these the ones with generic Type 2 joints instead of Type 4? I have the EMPI 90-6905 axles, which look similar. They fit things, but have the Type 2 joints. I have installed them on buggy’s before, and they held up well. I just installed a set on my personal project this past week, but I am really pushing it. At just over 20 degrees full drop, I suspect the cv joints won’t last long and I will be replacing them with Type 4 or “off road” Type 2 joints good for 25deg.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

They seem to be fine, and I think they have Thing CV's.
I'll take a pic amd post it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

If those are the Empi kit cv's then I believe that they are Type II cv's and not Type IV. Glad they are holding up though. Empi has some race cv's that provide greater angles of movement.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

Sam, look for a number on the EMPI cv joints. Example, VW 202-x-xxx. Just curious what yours are labled as.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

Thing CV's are something like 1/8-3/16" thicker than bus CV's. Measure the thickness and we can tell you if you have Thing CV's or not.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:39 am    Post subject: Re: relaced my rear axles Reply with quote

I called up EMPI for fun just to see what they had to say. They looked up the individual parts to the axle assembly on their bill of materials, and they are in fact regular bus CV joints.

Surprisingly, I don’t have any binding what so ever on my buggy with the axles areticulated to about 22 degrees. No clicking, no nothing. I’m very surprised.

Time will tell, we will see how long they last. I have never pushed these axles so far before.
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