Created: February 27, 2020
[0:00] Hey everybody. Today we’re gonna show you how to remove and install an axle on a Can-Am Maverick X3.
The first thing we’re gonna do is remove the driver’s side wheel and tire. Then we’re gonna remove the cotter pin and castle nut. Remove the brake caliper and then the hub. Disconnect the shock.
[1:10] Disconnect the sway bar link and then tie the A-arm and shock up out of the way. Disconnect the upper ball joint from the knuckle and then remove the knuckle.
Next we’re going to remove the axle. When you’re removing the axle, what you want to do is plunge it in on both ends, on the inner and outer. Once you have it plunged in nice and tight, grab as far inward, right before the boot clamp. Then, with your whole body, pull backwards on your factory axle. This is going to be your weak point.
On our Rhino Brand Axles, we upgrade it to a 4340 chromoly steel with a proprietary heat treat process on the CV. That’s gonna strengthen the axle, especially here. Can-Am designed these axles with a long spline beyond the driver’s side.
[2:14] So today we’re gonna show you how to properly install it and what to look for when you are installing to make sure that it’s fully seated.
When you go to install this axle, we’re gonna make sure the snap ring is facing downward, like so. We found this is the easiest way to install.
You’ll want to slide it into the differential and wiggle it around, side to side. This is where a lot of people think their axle is fully seated. If you look in here, you can get almost a whole index finger in between the face of the CV and the differential.
Some guys will go out and ride with this. What it’s gonna do is, it’s gonna shear this outer tip right off in front of the C-clip. Then the axle’s broken and you have to pull your differential apart and take it out of the machine. It’s a real hassle, so you want to make sure to get in there all the way.
Give it a couple of swift hits. You see there, it’s getting a little tight.
[3:28] We’re gonna take a rubber mallet and compress the inner CV as well as the outer CV. Hold it just like this. Take your mallet and give it some good hits.
Sometimes you’ve got to go to the passenger side and rotate the tire a little bit, which in turn is gonna spin the differential. Let’s make a couple of rotations there.
We’ll come back over to the driver’s side again. See, we’ve got both CVs plunged and we got the axle as straight as possible.
Our axle is fully seated. We know this because the face of the CV is up against the housing of the differential. It’s that easy.
If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427, or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thank you guys for watching and have a great day.
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