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#2719568 - 06/08/13 02:10 PM Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review
Dave88 Offline
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Registered: 09/27/11
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Most people seem to be afraid of the dorman axle kits. I needed a cheaper option than OEM. I also had a hard time finding any details about them, thats why I am posting this.

I found a 20% off + free SH coupon for Autozone. I got the 630-205 Dorman kits for $99+tax shipped to my door. I needed both sides, so $400+ for OEM was not an option for me.

Each kit came with a bearing, seal, 5 new lugnuts (wrong type for my p71 center caps tho), and the axle with the studs installed. There was also a stamped ring for the ABS, so nothing to swap from the old axles.

Side note - The axles did not have an o-ring where the c-clip goes. I did my homework on this and it is not necessary to reinstall that. It is just there to make the install at the factory easier.

Some reviews online mentioned that the dorman axles do not have a center hub. The ones I got did. The axles looked exactly like the Ford ones I took out of the car. Yes, they were stamped made in India. My only complaint on the axle is that around where the studs were installed there were some metal filings. I found those by cutting my hand on one as I was installing the axle... mad

The bearings were identical to the ones I took out. The side was stamped USA. They were an exacy copy of the OEM Ford ones I removed.

The Dorman seals looked a little different than the Ford ones. Similar design though and I am hoping that they don't leak on me. I will update this thread if they do.

Also here are some details about what my car was doing, in case anyone is still reading...

So, my passenger side axle had been making grinding sounds for a long time. I started to notice it barely making noise a year ago. It got louder over the last few weeks so I knew they were probably done.

Symptoms - Definite noise on passenger side. With the car jacked up there was up and down play in the rear passenger wheel. Driving past a wall with the back window down and you could easily hear that side making noise. There was no change in the noise if I was turning left or right. Some people have said that you might hear it more when changing lanes on the hwy but I never noticed it like that.

When I took out the axle it had about a 1/16in deep groove where the bearing chewed into it. The bearings themselves were also shot. My drivers side axle which was quiet and had no play was also in the early stages of starting to fail. So I decided to just replace both.

I found no play in the carrier/pinion bearings. Hopefully I did not do any damage to them. Most of the metal filings were in the axle tubes and close to the bearings. Time will tell if I am ok there.

For cleaning the metal out of the axle tubes I took the rag + broomstick idea to the next level. I put magnets on the broomstick. Then rolled a microfiber rag on the end so it was flat like a paper towel roll. To hold that in place I wrapped a strip of wire from some romex wiring around the rag. Basically making it a giant bore cleaning brush that I could keep changing out with new rags. I just kept spraying that with brake cleaner. It worked really well and did not take long at all.

My car rides soo much smoother now. My test drive after getting everything together was like driving a different car. I am curious how much this was hurting my mileage. I have been averaging 18-21 with mostly hwy.

I used Mobil 1 75W-90 synthetic. It has the friction modifier in it so I did not add any. Yes, I want the extra 0.5% mpg.

Starting mileage for the Dorman axles is 170,500 miles. Will see how long they last!!
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#2719791 - 06/09/13 12:52 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
Turbo89 Offline
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Good Info, any pics of the install?
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#2719794 - 06/09/13 01:07 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
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Registered: 05/25/07
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Read the "Rear Axle Shafts" thread for more insights..Also know that in 2005 they changed from 28 spline axles to 32 spline axles..

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#2719809 - 06/09/13 03:41 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: P71Pilot_2]
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Originally Posted By: P71Pilot_2
Read the "Rear Axle Shafts" thread for more insights..Also know that in 2005 they changed from 28 spline axles to 32 spline axles..



Actually its 31......but yeah there was a change in 2005. I also think in 2005 some cars got 28 spline while some got 31.
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#2720016 - 06/09/13 06:49 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
Dave88 Offline
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I took a few pics, but none of the new axle parts. I got them from Fedex later in the day and had just enough daylight to get everything back together. I didn't want to stop and snap a bunch of pics.

Yes I think 05 was a changeover year from 28 to 31 spline.

My car already has the 3.55L rear and aluminum DS. Which BTW made replacing my u-joint so much easier. Was my first time realizing how light they really are!
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2000 P71 - Mostly stock. Shark Plenum, 70mm TB, Flowmaster exhaust, NGK TR6IX plugs, Steeda Underdrives, 21mm rear sway bar, 23x,xxx miles
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2008 Buick Lucerne CXS - Sold
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1988 Buick Lesabre T-type - Sold
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#2720029 - 06/09/13 07:24 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
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OEM axles are $400 each or for a pair?!
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#2720229 - 06/10/13 07:29 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Captain_Slow]
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Originally Posted By: Captain_Slow
OEM axles are $400 each or for a pair?!

I got a price of $320 each from Tasca for my '04
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#2720237 - 06/10/13 07:58 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
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Holy crap! That's beyond outrageous

For what it's worth, I had a set of custom 31 spline axles made by Moser Engineering for ~350 for the pair. Plus maybe another 30 or so to ship them an old axle to take measurements off of.

Something to consider.
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#2720265 - 06/10/13 11:08 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Captain_Slow]
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Originally Posted By: Captain_Slow
OEM axles are $400 each or for a pair?!


A year ago when I did my bearing job out of curiosity I asked the dealership how much axle shafts were and they quoted me $1200 each...needless to say I laughed...
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#2720295 - 06/10/13 12:43 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
Dave88 Offline
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That $400+ number came from pricing them off of eBay. I found some OEM axles for about $130 ea eBay

I figured the OEM bearings and seals could be had for about another $100 or so.
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2000 P71 - Mostly stock. Shark Plenum, 70mm TB, Flowmaster exhaust, NGK TR6IX plugs, Steeda Underdrives, 21mm rear sway bar, 23x,xxx miles
Previous cars
2008 Buick Lucerne CXS - Sold
2001 Cadillac STS - Sold
1988 Buick Lesabre T-type - Sold
^^CA cars
1990 Buick Lesabre - Rust
1989 Buick Lesabre T-type - Rust
^^NY cars

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#2751701 - 08/30/13 11:51 AM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
Dave88 Offline
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Update on how things are doing. Now at 175,000mi

- So far so good! lol

All the parts in the axle are just as quiet as when I installed them. I am starting to track my mileage to and from work. Same route as a year ago with the worn out parts. My last tank average was 22.6 which is better than it was before. But I also used a different station to fill up. So the new parts are helping.
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2000 P71 - Mostly stock. Shark Plenum, 70mm TB, Flowmaster exhaust, NGK TR6IX plugs, Steeda Underdrives, 21mm rear sway bar, 23x,xxx miles
Previous cars
2008 Buick Lucerne CXS - Sold
2001 Cadillac STS - Sold
1988 Buick Lesabre T-type - Sold
^^CA cars
1990 Buick Lesabre - Rust
1989 Buick Lesabre T-type - Rust
^^NY cars

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#2751763 - 08/30/13 03:15 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
ontario1 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/12
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I just had the exact same failure on the passenger side axle shaft. Autozone wants $250 for a 31 spline, near double price of the 28. Found Dorman 630-413 31 splines on ebay for about $120 shipped from California, so at that price I'm gonna do both.

Why ford choose not to use an inner race on the bearings is beyond me.

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#2829132 - 04/20/14 12:21 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
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Hey Dave, I know the thread is a little old, but how are the Dorman axles holding up?
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#2846995 - 07/07/14 01:50 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: PB92]
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Originally Posted By: PB92
Hey Dave, I know the thread is a little old, but how are the Dorman axles holding up?


Yes- inquiring minds want to know!
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#2847042 - 07/07/14 05:56 PM Re: Dorman axle and bearing install - Parts review [Re: Dave88]
Dave88 Offline
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They are still quiet. My car has 188,8xx miles on it now. Still no issues with the axles. For the $100/side it has been a good deal.

Getting close to the 20k mile mark for them.
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2000 P71 - Mostly stock. Shark Plenum, 70mm TB, Flowmaster exhaust, NGK TR6IX plugs, Steeda Underdrives, 21mm rear sway bar, 23x,xxx miles
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2008 Buick Lucerne CXS - Sold
2001 Cadillac STS - Sold
1988 Buick Lesabre T-type - Sold
^^CA cars
1990 Buick Lesabre - Rust
1989 Buick Lesabre T-type - Rust
^^NY cars

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