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#30714 - 03/01/13 10:56 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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If I don't get it tomorrow, ill look for the parts during my next business trip.

Snows is too far away.
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#30724 - 03/02/13 11:11 AM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Oh Well....it didn't work!

My son came over and I gave him a detail report of what was happening. We took it all apart and push the shaft back in. Giving it a tap with a hammer he swore he heard the clip "snap".

We put the strut back on the A arm, connected the steering linkage and commenced putting the rotor back on. While tightening the locknut for the rotor we noticed the shaft coming out of the Diff.

We repeated the same procedure the second time with the exception that we lifted the strut up with a floor jack getting the shaft as straight as possible. We finished the assembly, including the tire and lowered back to the ground. Walah-it stayed together!!

Well, wishful thinking anyway. We took it for a ride (About a mile) and checked it when we returned. Although it didn't fall out, and it was still splined, it was not being held by the circlip.

As you recall my previous statement that the splines on the old shaft seemed to be exposed for an extended period of time? I think thats the case again.

I'm going to pick up new circlips on my next business trip, but I really don't think it's a circlip problem.

Gary-I'll call you when I get back to town.



Edited by Ridgekid (03/02/13 11:25 AM)
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#31832 - 04/01/13 09:39 AM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Thought it was time for an update. No it's still not working the way it was intended, but it's working as it was before I discovered it. Shaft will not stay clipped, but won't come off unless I lift the front end.

Original Shaft- I was able to get the boot off and just waiting for new circlip to put new boot on.

Replacement Shaft- I'll need to do the same thing to this one. As I was using a wood handle to push the shaft on (by hand) it tore a hole in the boot.

So Gary....when we meeting at Tri County??
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#32669 - 04/29/13 04:17 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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GARY- The saga continues. As you know we were able to snap in the passenger shaft during your visit to tri county. Today I heard an unusual noise again. This time the CV joint snapped.

Luckily that piece that was in the diff (held in by circlip) came off with slight pressure.

Going to rebuild the original shaft and put it on.....


Edited by Ridgekid (04/29/13 04:20 PM)
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#32682 - 04/29/13 08:38 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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I now know how to install a replacement boot!! Hardest part was the clamps until I learned how to use the tool correctly, then it was easy..

I'm back to not being able to snap the shaft back in the diff. But I think I know the secret. Put it on the trailer, strap it down and have Gary looking over your shoulder and telling you " there ... It snapped in".
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#32729 - 05/01/13 07:30 AM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Great minds think alone.......

I not only figured why I can't get the shaft to snap into the diff, but why the CV joint came apart. The shaft is either too short or the diff is in the wrong place!

When I disconnect the hub I can push the shaft in the diff with no problem. You can even hear it snap in. As soon as I tighten the hub I pull it out of the diff.

I put a 1/8" thick washer on the back side of the wheel hub (Yeah I had one that fit over the shaft) I now have some free play (like I do on the Drivers side)

I'm going to take the old shaft apart and use it as spare parts in case I ever break another (front) shaft.

Thanks for listening........
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#33842 - 06/16/13 01:22 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Good news...the repair last 6 weeks. Bad news. It broke again......

So no one knows of a permanent fix??? Longer shaft?? Move the front diff???

For now ill be three wheel drive as I have pulled the shaft but left the hubs on.
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#33862 - 06/16/13 09:41 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Dang, Your not having any luck with that at all. I think it maybe time to get some after market axels and cv's. Superatv for a set of Rhino axels complete with the hd cv's.
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#33864 - 06/16/13 10:46 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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#33865 - 06/16/13 10:51 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Will they be any longer? My calculation is up to 1/4" short on Oem shaft. At least for my Ranger 400 anyway.
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#33871 - 06/17/13 07:30 AM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Originally Posted By: Ridgekid
Will they be any longer? My calculation is up to 1/4" short on Oem shaft. At least for my Ranger 400 anyway.


Yes they are. And the cv's can take alot more articulation than stock.
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#33877 - 06/17/13 02:15 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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Thanks Gary!

I've asked fixmytoys.com to talk to their technicians and to see if they can get a response from Polaris on the same subject. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
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#34034 - 06/24/13 12:59 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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no response from fixmytoys. I went with your suggestion. They claim the Rhinos have plunging CV's on both sides vs one side with OEM.

We'll see!
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#34063 - 06/25/13 05:14 PM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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After all that trouble to get the circlip to stick into the front diff I had a hard time getting the hub out. I read the precautions of prying on the aluminum housing and heeded that caution.

I ended up tapping the hub on further, which I think compresses the circlip. Then a quick jerk outward and it popped off.

Tomorrow I get the new axle.
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#34102 - 06/27/13 06:53 AM Re: Front Passenger Drive Shaft [Re: Ridgekid]
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ok. New axle is on (Rhino) definitely beefier than OEM. New Concern is boots rubbing the inside of strut bore.

It looks like it might rub on inside of splash guard too.
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