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Which Axles to Buy, Which to Avoid

Wondering Which Axles to Buy?

A bit of a warning: Some have bought the cheap “knock-off” axles that are made in China…

Which Axles to Buy, Which to Avoid

Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts

  • In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
  • Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
  • The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
  • Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
  • This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
  • The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
  • Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.

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I bought “OEM” from FCP. Turns out they were Uro (probably made in China). Didn’t have time to send them back, so I installed them. About 4K miles later, the right side CV is making the traditional lunking noise (lunk, lunk, lunk). Classic CV failure. I am going with the actual European shafts from Volvo this round. You get what you pay for. ($140 vs. $350)

jeff moore says:

Bought from O’Briens @ $59.99 ea plus $60 core.
Master Pro(mfr) Remans- offered lifetime warranty. Their more expensive @ $73-L/$87-R, were 1 year wty only. Pretty much a no brainer. Had them installed by an alignment shop,Pro outfit)who said:they buzz just a little at first between 60-70mph(goodie). Just drive ’em 80-100 miles and they smooth right out. Right on. Zactly what happened.Now have just about 600mi on them and they are as smooth as the orig. The vibration was very light, and only under acceleration most of th time.Further foot buried, more vibes. I have a backup car so could take the chance to mess with taking old out to put real spendy in. Most stuff like this gets better as it wears in, so I’m pretty satisfied. Do go for the remans.I’m convinced most of them are orig Volvo with just
the ‘foreign’ CV structure. Seems real good, and the cost saving was well worth it.

Avoid Chinese if you plan to keep the car. I went with “Raxles”. Excellent company.

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