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Old 02-23-2012, 10:37 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Rickna View Post
... Verdict-I saved no $$ going with cheap parts.
I am going to mic up both axles once I pull the old one out, I'm curious to see the difference.
I look forward to seeing your measurements. Please, do post them!

Being an OEM snob, I've used a reman'd GKN axle too, also from Pelican, with good results. Others have had good results with A1 Cardone but I'll be sticking with GKN just in case.

I do worry about "remanufactured" items, especially with something like an axle where a small amount of metal is removed (using a lathe) in order to remove the shiney line where the radial seal contacted it. There's no way to "put back" material to make the axle the same diameter as new.

Originally Posted by LarsS View Post
... I bought a new GKN Loebro (OEM) axle from Pelican Parts ...
My Pelican GKN axle was missing the metal shield that protects the grease seal ("radial seal" in BMW language). I contacted Pelican about this and they, in turn, contacted their supplier who "confirmed" that GKN axles were now being shipped without the metallic shield. I've included side-by-side photos.

Was your GKN axle also missing the shield?

P.S. I have had no trouble with the GKN axle, even without the shield.
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