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Old 01-05-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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Default 1991 Legacy 2WD front axles the same as AWD?

I need to replace the front axles on a 91 2WD Legacy wagon. Most of the online part suppliers don't seem to differentiate between AWD and 2WD. Are these the same axles?

Any opinions on rebuilt/refurbished vs new (and by new I mean cheap new Chinese) axles? Thanks.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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Dunnno but I say do an awd swap.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:22 AM   #3
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I thought I remembered reading here at some point that the 2WD axles were thicker than the front axles for the AWD. I've never actually held a 2WD axle in my hand to compare it to something else, though, so I dunno if that's really the case.

I think that the front axles I have on the Legacy now are cheap new Chinese axles. They both appear to have had the outer CV boot slip partly off, like the big clamp (the one right at the back of the knuckle) wasn't tight enough. I haven't done anything about it yet other than clean up the grease.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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Pretty sure 2WD axles are beefier to handle the torque.
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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I thought I remembered reading here at some point that the 2WD axles were thicker than the front axles for the AWD. I've never actually held a 2WD axle in my hand to compare it to something else, though, so I dunno if that's really the case.

I think that the front axles I have on the Legacy now are cheap new Chinese axles. They both appear to have had the outer CV boot slip partly off, like the big clamp (the one right at the back of the knuckle) wasn't tight enough. I haven't done anything about it yet other than clean up the grease.
I remember reading something about that. It looks like a lot of Chinese axles share the same part number between AWD and 2WD.

I really don't care so I got a set of Duralast from Autozone for $45 each with free shipping (lifetime warranty). These will go on a beater that basically only get driven when it snows/rains or when I have to park outside in DC. I am throwing on a set of Firestone Wintermaster studless snows 185/60-15 on some Outback wheels I have (15x6). It should kick ass in the snow and rain.
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Well, damn. I was going to offer you some axles sitting in my garage for free.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:34 AM   #7
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Well, damn. I was going to offer you some axles sitting in my garage for free.
Thanks for the offer Pat, if the cheap Chinese axles don't fit I'll let you know.
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I've heard that they will fit and work, and that's why a lot of parts places sell 2wd axles as an all-encompassing solution. However, while these axles may be physically stronger, they will fail earlier because the passenger inboard boot is even closer to the exhaust than OEM.

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A large supplier of axles has also decided that because the older 2 wheel drive axle used by Subaru many years ago which was larger in size and believed to be stronger, has decided for you that your newer Subaru should have a 2 Wheel drive axle installed regardless of the fact that this puts the inner cv boot much closer to the exhaust and it will fail very quickly the 2 wheel drive axle in the earlier years was larger in diameter than the AWD axles.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:29 PM   #9
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wow... didn't know subaru ever made a non AWD
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