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Old 04-03-2013, 06:34 PM
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I only have a few thousand miles on my rebuilds, so it's good to hear they are doing well for you, Dan. Looking forward to many more thousand miles!
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Dave K. and I dropped off birfields at CVJ Monday and they came back looking like this: I'll be calling tomorrow to find out what they did (we have the ABS rings. We took those off in advance).
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:25 PM
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I spoke with Shawn at CVJ. We talked for about 15 minutes, he took my questions seriously, also asked me some, and we discussed the process a bit. Part of why I found his answers credible is that he remember our call a few weeks back, asked me what we had decided about the grooved inner axles (at the seal) (I got new ones), and was curious about price and source for the OEM inners (I suggested Derek at Stevinson and C-Dan). I told him about RS and this forum and how this write-up here and others' experience influenced me to try the rebuild.

FWIW, the Slee joints I just rebuilt I purchased in 2004 and probably have 90,000 on them. A good argument for what Christo said - $0.004 per mile, per side.

1) the black - paint. They paint every part that goes out. To protect the raw metal, and, because customers like the fresh look. Like a new part. He basically agreed the paint was feel good for most people. Probably also helps them keep track of finished parts. Its just regular spray paint, he says people install the painted parts into enclosed greased spaces like our knuckles all the time and he's never heard of a problem. He also said its a very light coat that should come off with some mineral spirits or goof off.

Note: if you don't want them painted, just ask.

2) The Grease - a CV Joint Grease, Hi Temp, Extreme Pressure, Lithium Base, Moly grease. He said they grease birfields with a better grease than other CV joints. He did not offer the brand or specific type but my impression is that its just because to him its the right grease, no greater specification needed. He did note that its Lithium based, so should be compatible with any other lithium base grease.

Note: I'm still unsure whether I want to mix it with the Valvoline lithium based moly I was planning to use. I probably will.

3) The process: new balls, cage and race (in the birf he said they consider the "star" the race). A "proprietary" process for the cup.
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Mine were not painted when I picked them up. That seems kind of weird. Most metal shops would use a light coat of oil to protect the raw metal.

I requested no grease because I wanted to use Palladium. I also wanted to be able to inspect the inside of the birf before I installed it. I don't see any reason why you should have a problem mixing Valvoline Palladium with the grease they packed it with. They are both high moly lithium based grease.

Mine are still working excellently, by the way.
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So I picked up a trail-spare birf from Slee yesterday. Hopefully this weekend I can pull it apart and take a look at the condition. If it looks really bad I'll go this route and then have a pretty solid trail spare for those longer and more remote trips

Thanks everyone for the feedback they posted, seems like a pretty good route to take!
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They are doing just fine. The truck is at 282k, so I have around 16k on them so far. No clicks or any sign of weakness or wear. Ran Behind the Rocks at Moab a couple weeks ago, did pretty much every obstacle except High Dive and White Knuckle. Plenty of front locker action without a hitch.
Anything further to report? Seems like they've been in for several years, but not many miles relatively speaking.

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Anything further to report? Seems like they've been in for several years, but not many miles relatively speaking.

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They are at 20k miles now and still working flawlessly.
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I've had no issues, but I have about the same miles as Dan on mine.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. That seems like good mileage considering the cost.
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You might want to select a forum name that does not include "Backwoods" Unless you are that guy.
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