Rock Auto has the actual OE axles, all-NEW, not reman
The problem with remans is that they're almost never done right, and they use inferior neoprene boots
(OE is thermoplastic)
Glad to see that Timken is made in the USA
Be happy you can actually get all-new non-reman OEM CV axles. They're only available for GM, Ford, and some European cars. The Japanese DO NOT sell all-NEW OEM axles, only reman! And the "factory" reman from the dealer is Cardone
Honda/Acura, VW/Audi, and Subaru can get Raxles, the only reman axles worth using. But any Japanese car other than Honda and Subaru will just not have good quality axles available at any price.
Ford, GM, and the Euros can usually get OE radiators at a fair price. Almost impossible otherwise.
GM even sells all-new OE calipers for many cars and trucks. Nobody else does that! This worries me less now since Raybestsos started selling all-new calipers a few years ago.
I usually try to find the lowest cost parts that I think are of good quality (looking for value). If I know I need parts ahead of time, I try to shop around and save as much cash as I can on good parts. If I have an unexpected repair come up, availability becomes the priority more so than the cost or brand. Of course there are some parts that I will go OEM only on, especially if they are hard or time consuming to replace or critical to safety.
I agree with this for the most part. Examples where aftermarket is better than OE include the Fel-Pro head gaskets for Subaru, and ruthenium and iridium spark plugs for the difficult engines that came with non-long-life plugs.