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Old 01-06-2018, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Can I eliminate the CV axles?

I'm getting ready to replace the front brakes/steering/suspension components on my 95 4X4 and want to do everything at the same time.

All four boots on my CV axles are torn so the axles would need replaced but I'm considering disassembling the axle and just putting the splined-end back in so I can keep everything together. Yes I'd lose my 4wd but I'm OK with that.

Has anyone ever done this or can think of a reason why it wouldn't safely work?

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Old 01-06-2018, 07:12 PM   #2
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I'd be concerned about the splined part actually staying in place. You can get new axles for about $50 each from rockauto
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Old 01-06-2018, 07:57 PM   #3
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if you want to eliminate the front 4wd, you could swap over to the 2wd Pathfinder setup. It's basically the same as the 4x4 setup without the axle and cv axles
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Are you asking about leaving them out temporarily, or permanently?

I don't see why your idea wouldn't work. The stub shaft doesn't do anything as far as the wheel bearings are concerned, except keep dirt out of the hubs. Right?
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Yes you can. Did it on a s10 blazer
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hell just pull the cv's off the axles and stuff em back in so the seals work......but they are not much money to replace. having a 4x that doesn't 4x seems ludicrous to me
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this is actually really commonly done in awd cars that people want to drift but dont want to hurl themselves at the wall at ungodly speeds.


you can totally scumbag your way out of this with what is called a "split boot" and a shitload of zipties.
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Yes, you can. Use the outer part to keep dirt out of the spindle assembly, as was already said. Be sure to save those inner flange bolts someplace that you can find them when you decide to put CVs back in.
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Thanks for all the feedback. I don't need a 4x4 but really like the height/ground clearance. My truck is going to morph into a pre-runner of sorts. Ultimately I'll change the front over to a 2wd Pathy setup like ahardbody suggested.

The list of parts needed to redo the front brakes, steering & suspension is long and expensive. Not having to buy CV axles will help.

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might as well use OEM parts from a 2wd Pathfinder, it will look and drive like a stock 2wd Pathfinder with nothing "rigged" to make it work. Plenty of 2wd Pathfinders down here, I think Florida junkyards are the 2wd Pathfinder's resting place ! LOL
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