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    Need some new ones, wondering which ones are best for a slightly modded gtp.
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    I usually use the Napa gold axles, or whatever that line is called now.
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    Thanks, i see one that says heavy duty. a mechanic that looked at my car when i was on a trip and had developed a bad shaking said i needed new axles and i should get heavy duty ones if i could since i have modded my gtp
    would this be significantly better
    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCV941525

    than this
    https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCV949024

    there are also automatic transaxle seals, shift shaft, output shaft, etc. will i need those as well?
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    i also see several different manuf over at carid.com, but they are 50-65 each and the normal napas are 100, the hd is 165.
    i always figure you get what you pay for, are the napas worth it?
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    I'd go with the https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCV949024 and call it a day. Sure, you can get a cheap one for $50 but ask yourself how many times do you want to pull the front end apart and fight with removing the axle when it dies again... just sayin.

    And no, you don't need any other seals. Just the complete axle assembly. Also make sure you have the correct size socket for the hub nut and torque it to spec properly or the preload will be off and then you'll eat a hub bearing.

    FYI, a shake/vibration can also be caused by a failed motor mount or trans mount as it makes the axle alignment off and will induce a vibration. Check both of them. If they haven't ever been replaced then I would do those first and then see how the vibration issue is before throwing $200+ on new axles.

    Also need to check your front wheel bearings for play as they can cause that issue too and the GP's are known to eat front hubs. Jack the front end up and push/pull at the 12 and 6'o clock position on the tire. If you have excessive play then the hub is going.

    This is all assuming that you haven't installed lowering springs on it and it's riding on factory spec springs/struts.
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    thanks for your help
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    No problem. Hope you get it sorted out. I fought a vibration issue on my 00 GT for a while and turns out it was the engine and trans mounts that were worn. New ones installed and vibes were gone. FYI the engine mount is fluid filled and when it's toast will have a bunch of black goo all over it in it's mounting plate under the crank pulley. Looks like thick grease.
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