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#4756089 - 05/13/18 04:43 PM Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles
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Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19922
Loc: CA
From my research, I learned that NAPA MaxDrive NEW CV axles are reboxed Cardone Select CV Axles. This was confirmed by the NAPA MaxDrive warranty document which listed Cardone Industries as the company warrantying their product.

The "big 3" manufacturers of NEW CV axles appear to be Cardone, GSP and Surtrack/Trakmotive. From what I have read online and thru various professional groups, the NAPA MaxDrive units (and presumably Cardone Select) seem to have somewhat more favorable reviews than the others.

I recognize that NEW CV axles are problematic compared to OE, which is why I try to reboot OE axles whenever possible. But there are situations where a NEW CV axle is needed and new (or even used) OE is not an economically feasible option.

Does anyone on here have feedback they can share, on the NAPA MaxDrive and/or Cardone Select NEW CV axles?
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#4756132 - 05/13/18 05:30 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
NHGUY Offline


Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 5064
Loc: USA
The TrackMotive shafts are the old EMPI shafts.For whatever that's worth.

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#4756926 - 05/14/18 12:31 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
Huie83 Offline


Registered: 02/19/09
Posts: 513
Loc: Minnesota
I used them in the front of my 99 Subaru Outback with no issues. Anyone who knows Subaru's knows they are very picky with axles.

I only drove it for about a year or 5K miles but it was fine the whole time. No wiggle, play or weird noises.

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#4757066 - 05/14/18 02:58 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: Huie83]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
The couple of times I have used them from Car quest when new was not available and I needed them yesterday were okay, long term I cant say.
I do know the boots were neoprene so they are garbage right of the hop.
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#4759211 - 05/16/18 08:38 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
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Received them today. The boots are definitely neoprene. Will install soon.
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#4759381 - 05/17/18 01:07 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
ron350 Offline


Registered: 04/25/06
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If Neoprene is bad what is the preferred boot material?
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#4759425 - 05/17/18 05:31 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: ron350]
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Originally Posted By: ron350
If Neoprene is bad what is the preferred boot material?

Most OE axles use thermoplastic boots.
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#4759807 - 05/17/18 12:04 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
nthach Offline


Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 4060
Loc: California
I have a Cardone Select in a friend's beater Chevy Tahoe, it seemed decently made but the diff end had a loose cap. The grease looked like cheap Chinese "moly" stuff.

I packed in some Molygraph grease and tapped in the cap with a dead-blow. The OEM shaft didn't have a cap on the inner joint. I know VWs and RWD Lexus use a cap on the inner joint.

If the passenger side joint goes out, I'm gonna find a OEM Delphi shaft from the junkyard and reboot it.


Edited by nthach (05/17/18 12:05 PM)

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#4760476 - 05/17/18 10:57 PM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 5024
Loc: MA
Anyone know who does a good job rebuilding CV axles at a good price? I have the old one out of my MB and it had a leaking boot. I think I caught it early enough. Used a new Cardone select from Rockauto and it's junk. I found a few places online but they want over $200 to rebuild a CV axle. The OE was about 1k so I figured I'd roll the dice and try a new aftermarket Cardone one at $65. They also sell a remanufactured one for about the same price, do you think that is OE or did they just do that to an aftermarket one? Car will need ball joints soon so I'll just have the indy swap the axle when he does the ball joints.

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#4760541 - 05/18/18 04:20 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: Wolf359]
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: CA
Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Anyone know who does a good job rebuilding CV axles at a good price? I have the old one out of my MB and it had a leaking boot. I think I caught it early enough. Used a new Cardone select from Rockauto and it's junk. I found a few places online but they want over $200 to rebuild a CV axle. The OE was about 1k so I figured I'd roll the dice and try a new aftermarket Cardone one at $65. They also sell a remanufactured one for about the same price, do you think that is OE or did they just do that to an aftermarket one? Car will need ball joints soon so I'll just have the indy swap the axle when he does the ball joints.


I have heard good things about CVJ Axles in Colorado, but I have not personally used them.
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#4760605 - 05/18/18 06:46 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: ron350]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Originally Posted By: ron350
If Neoprene is bad what is the preferred boot material?


Thermoplastic or poly. I still get boots for some applications from Rockford and poly from the UK among others

http://www.rockfordcv.com/rcvboot.htm

http://www.duraflexpubushes.com/cv-boots-6-c.asp
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#4760726 - 05/18/18 08:48 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
853okg Offline


Registered: 02/28/18
Posts: 75
Loc: USA
I have a 98 Acura TL 3.2 and about a year ago I replaced the CV axles with NAPA/Cardones. Truthfully, I was a little leery. But they have worked very well.
I measured them before the install and they looked identical to OEM. They went in easily and have worked perfectly so far (20K).
I've heard good things about RAXLES, but I was in a hurry and didn't have time to wait for them.

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#4760768 - 05/18/18 09:16 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
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Registered: 08/21/12
Posts: 447
Loc: North Carolina
I used Cardone select CV joints in my wife's Santa Fe. I had a good alignment done right afterwards. It has been probably 25-30K since we had it done. I always do a good check underneath when I change the oil. No issues to report. Any issues we seem to have are directly related to the absolutely ABYSMAL Firestone Affinity tires we put on there.
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#4760817 - 05/18/18 10:21 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: The Critic]
Wolf359 Offline


Registered: 04/27/12
Posts: 5024
Loc: MA
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Anyone know who does a good job rebuilding CV axles at a good price? I have the old one out of my MB and it had a leaking boot. I think I caught it early enough. Used a new Cardone select from Rockauto and it's junk. I found a few places online but they want over $200 to rebuild a CV axle. The OE was about 1k so I figured I'd roll the dice and try a new aftermarket Cardone one at $65. They also sell a remanufactured one for about the same price, do you think that is OE or did they just do that to an aftermarket one? Car will need ball joints soon so I'll just have the indy swap the axle when he does the ball joints.


I have heard good things about CVJ Axles in Colorado, but I have not personally used them.


Yeah, I think that's the one that was around $200 an axle.

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#4761660 - 05/19/18 06:43 AM Re: Napa MaxDrive (Cardone Select) NEW CV Axles [Re: Wolf359]
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 1301
Loc: Watertown, New York
Originally Posted By: Wolf359
Anyone know who does a good job rebuilding CV axles at a good price? I have the old one out of my MB and it had a leaking boot. I think I caught it early enough. Used a new Cardone select from Rockauto and it's junk. I found a few places online but they want over $200 to rebuild a CV axle. The OE was about 1k so I figured I'd roll the dice and try a new aftermarket Cardone one at $65. They also sell a remanufactured one for about the same price, do you think that is OE or did they just do that to an aftermarket one? Car will need ball joints soon so I'll just have the indy swap the axle when he does the ball joints.


I got a set of rebuilt cv shafts from "Raxles" and they were good quality. Had the vehicle about 5 years after installing them and never any issues.
https://www.raxles.com/

You may be able to send in your original and have it rebuilt.
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