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Old 02-23-2012, 11:37 AM   #5
latitude39
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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: United States/Colorado
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My Ride: 2002 325xi
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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.
Rickna,
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.

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Originally Posted by LarsS View Post
... I bought a new GKN Loebro (OEM) axle from Pelican Parts ...
LarsS,
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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