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Old May 20th, 2015, 10:06 PM
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Aftermarket Half Shafts which ones are decent?

So it looks like I have excessive wear on my rear half shafts (Salisbury Disc) and I'm curious if any of the more budget conscious options Bearmach/Allmakes etc make anything that's worth considering? As much as I would like them the Ashcrofts are out of budget.

Anyone have experience with any of the cheaper options?
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On the halfshafts? Normally the drive flanges wear out. You positive it is the shafts?
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On the halfshafts? Normally the drive flanges wear out. You positive it is the shafts?
Oh yea they are done, the splines are worn to about half their normal width. Only on the drive flange end, the diff end spines are still nice.

I wish it wasn't so, but I even threw on some new drive flanges to see if that would eliminate the play, but no go.
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I wish, just can't afford them at this stage. If I wasn't rebuilding the entire truck and constantly depleting my wallet, I'm sure I would consider them. I really wish the spare set of Genuine ones I have weren't the Drum brake long ones.

Someone out there must have some experience with the more budget ones? Allmakes, Bearmach, Proline, I just won't do the blue bag. Just trying to get an idea if there is any quality difference.

Or maybe someone has some genuine ones lying around they want to sell?
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Wait...I forgot that you have a Sals, sorry.

Also, I'm realizing that by "aftermarket" you mean cheap, not HD, apologies

IMHO just buy the bearmach parts. At 20 quid a side, you're not out much if they pop.

http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...T-REAR-RH.html
http://www.lrseries.com/shop/product...B500030&page=1
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If you wanted to be really cheap you could weld them to the drive flanges. You don't have much to lose.
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Find someone that has bought HD ones and buy their used stock ones.
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And make sure you remove the seals to let the axle oil to the splines as God intended.
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If you wanted to be really cheap you could weld them to the drive flanges. You don't have much to lose.

I was seriously considering that last night, but it really seems like a crapshoot. I don't like the idea of the whole thing relying entirely on the outer weld.

I ordered up some Bearmach ones today and I can carry the older ones that still engage (sloppily though) as a spare if things go sideways.

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And make sure you remove the seals to let the axle oil to the splines as God intended.

Certainly worth considering. I imagine the dried up old grease on them was not providing much lubrication and likely contributed to their demise.
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