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Unread 5th November 2018, 12:16 PM
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Default How often do you replace your front axles?

I lifted my old 2002 Forester a few years ago and I would go through front axles about every 20-25k miles. I was hoping my '09 would be a little better. I lifted the '09 about 5k miles ago and replaced the axles, tie rods, control arms and ball joints all at the same time. I can already feel the axles wearing out. I went with the factory rebuilt axles instead of new aftermarket. So my question is, for those of you with 2009+ Foresters lifted 2Ē of more, how long do your axles last? And is there anyone out there producing a decent axle for lifted Subarus??
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Never replaced axles. The consensus is not to lift over 2".

I have never heard of "upgraded" axles for Subarus.
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Iím only lifted 2Ē, same as my old Ď02 and both ate up axles.
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The only long lasting axles are OEM Subaru ones. Better find some used ones in car demolition yards.
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Seems lifting 2 inches is a bit of a lottery as to whether or not you wear out your cv’s. No doubt many have had no problems. Probably more to do with where and how often the car is driven than a lottery really. My own car is only an inch or so higher although not when loaded up and I’ve had no problems. It won’t really matter what model you have, the basic design of independent suspension limits your options. Does the car really need to be lifted?
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Iím sure my driving style doesnít help, I know I drive it pretty hard and I take it on rough roads. I guess Iíll just have to consider replacing the axles as part of the regular maintenance until someone comes up with something decent.
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Driving hard with the steering on full lock or close to it such as when negotiating slippery, rutted mud tracks or just hooning around in the mud causes more wear on CV joints than a 2 inch lift will in normal driving. If you are using full lock frequently, especially under power it will reduce their life.
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@bflan2001 So what are you actually wearing out; CV joints?
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And is it front, rear or both?
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I’m sure my driving style doesn’t help, I know I drive it pretty hard and I take it on rough roads. I guess I’ll just have to consider replacing the axles as part of the regular maintenance until someone comes up with something decent.

I doubt that more than a couple of people have done in 1 year what I did with my OB after I lifted it 2". So that alone is very unlikely.

How many miles when you put the 2" lift?

I have read on the 4Runner forum that many people who lifted older vehicles had their CVs blow after the boot tears up first. The issue is that the old rubber does not survive the change in angles and tears, taking the axle to the grave, if you do not notice in time.

Is it possible that this is what is going on with the '09?


Other options include going to a total of 1.5" total lift; 1" from spacers and 0.5" from tires. Realistically, 2" is more lift than a Subaru can use in real life. I have 1.5" less front clearance under the 3/16 steel plate of my 4Runner that I had on my lifted OB yet I can get places no Subaru will. On the Outback, the 2" lift helped a bit with the abysmal angles, but a Forester is not so bad, so I would venture a guess that there is very little you gain capability wise at 2.5 vs 1.5 total lift.

Once you have about 9.5" of true undercarriage clearance to skid plates, that issue is very much solved for anything up to mid-range difficult trails. Very difficult and extreme trails are really only for dedicated trail rigs or people who make money off youtube and instragram.

Beyond that, we are talking traction and angles, not undercarriage clearance.
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