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Cardan Shaft - '03 C4S

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The rubber "Guibo" on my cardan shaft is cracked. It's recommended to replace. However, you can't just replace that one part. It requires a whole new shaft. Does anyone know if the "Guibo" off of a Cayenne will work. It seems Porsche sells that part separately for the Cayanne, but not the Carrera. Below is a link which provides a visual of the rubber "Guibo". They look identical. But the measurements may be different. I've tried calling a few dealerships and they haven't been able to confirm weather it will work or not. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.


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As far as i know Porsche makes such parts not separately, not for C4 and not for Cayenne. The link in your post is a third party, if you cant find that part on the third party market, a visit to a dismantler can help you out IMHO.

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As far as i know Porsche makes such parts not separately, not for C4 and not for Cayenne. The link in your post is a third party, if you cant find that part on the third party market, a visit to a dismantler can help you out IMHO.

Thank you, RFM. I appreciate your input.

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I just went through this on my 02 C4S. Ended up buying the entire shaft as I could not find a replacement flex coupling by itself. Quite a bit irritating as it is obvious the part is a wear item. Intersting though, the Porsche, Mercedes and BMW parts all look the same. I would bet they are and come from the same supplier. But I would hate to waste 118.00 to find out I was wrong...


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Road session, not sure who your search was directed to but your search result was my old post! OP asked if the Guibo from a cayene would fit and I can find no reference to that on this site so a search would have turned up nothing....

ahh you're right :)

Guys, it's all good. I appreciate your feedback. :cheers:

I made a similar post on rennlist. There, I learned that you can use a guibo from a 84 BMW 318 automatic. The part is very slightly different but works perfectly and costs less then $50. Here's the website I ordered it from. $38. I ordered a new cardan shaft today (before learning this). So if this guibo works, I'll be returning the new cardan shaft. I'll keep you guys posted.


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Let us know if this works, to date I know of no one who has been able to find a part that fits. I pulled mine off the old shaft last night and compared it to the pictures on the BMW parts and the ones I looked at did not have the metal flange protruding on either side of the coupling that mates with the driveshaft and tail yoke on the tranny. $50 would have been a heck of a lot better that $450.00!

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I attempted to install the aftermarket guibo on my cardan shaft, instead of having to replace the whole shaft. Unfortunately, the guibo wasn't compatible (at least to my liking). See pics below. Basically the aftermarket guibo I ordered looked identical to the OEM guibo....same shape, circumference, holes lined up, etc. However, upon closer examination, the aftermarket guibo was a bit thicker. More importantly, the metal locator sleeves inside the guibo were flush with the guibo itself. On the OEM guibo, the metal sleeves stick out farther than the guibo itself. They act as locators when fitting to the shaft, as well as holding it in place. The cardan shaft actually has 3 counter sunk holes for these locators. Therefore, I felt uncomfortable trying to use the aftermarket guibo, and opted to replace the entire shaft. See pics below. They are pretty much self explanatory. I do appreciate all of the help and advice from fellow members. I just felt using the aftermarket guibo may have been unsafe, and led to greater issues.

In the pics, the OEM guibo is on the right. The aftermarket guibo is on the left.





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