Created: October 1, 2019
Ever had issues with your Visco-Lok differential taking too long to lock in, or not locking in at all? Well SuperATV’s got the fix with our new SwifTrac Differential. It utilizes a sprague carrier armature plating magnet so whenever you click your machine into four-wheel drive, you’re guaranteed that all four wheels are gonna be pulling hard.
So let’s go ahead and we’re gonna show you how to get this thing installed on an OG Maverick.
The first thing you’re gonna want to do is remove your driver’s side wheel and then the front-most six screws in your skid plate. We went ahead and left the passenger’s side wheel on because we’re gonna show you a trick on how to get the prop shaft loose.
So we’re gonna go ahead and take our wrench. We’re gonna go right in here to the bolts on the prop shaft. So we’re gonna take our wrench, we’re gonna put it on our bolt, and we’re going to take our tire on this side, rotate it down just like that. We’re gonna do it kind of in a fast motion and what that’s gonna do is, it’s going to break that bolt loose—just something like that, it’s gonna land right there on the A-arm, the wrench will. That bolt will be loose now, that way all you have to do is just wrench it right out.
Once you’ve removed your bolt from the prop shaft, go ahead and remove your passenger’s side wheel and tire. We’re gonna jump in here and we’re gonna get our axle removed. To do that we’re gonna go ahead and remove our cotter pin from our castle nut.
Then we’ll remove our castle nut and we’ll disconnect our tie rod end and our brake caliper. We’ll just let it hang down out of the way in our hub.
Then we’ll go ahead and take the nut off of our bolt down here, for our lower ball joint. Then we’ll go ahead and disconnect our shock. Just pick up on the lower A-arm, pull our shock bolt out, let our suspension drop down. Then we’ll grab a ratchet strap, throw it around the cage. Then we’ll tie our shock up out of the way here, just like this.
Then we’re gonna go ahead and pick up on our A-arms. Move our lower ball joint bolt and remove our lower A-arm from the knuckle. Let it go all the way down.
We’ll go ahead and pull our knuckle all the way out, then remove our axle. Take your brake caliper and flip it up out of your way. You never want to let your axle drop because you’ll end up creasing your boot.
So what we’re gonna do is, we’re gonna tie our upper A-arm up, that way it stays out of the way. Then we’re gonna grab our axle, pull it right out of the front differential. Then we’ll go ahead and set this aside.
Then we’ll repeat all these steps for the opposite side.
Now we’re gonna remove all of the lower four bolts securing the differential to the frame in the machine. There’ll be two on this side, as well as two on the opposite side in the same location. One thing to be careful about whenever you do remove these bolts is that there’s gonna be washers on the front and back side of the frame. You wanna make sure that you do not lose those because we’ll be reinstalling them.
Now you want to come in here on top of the differential and remove the vent tube. Pull it right off and just let it sit right there on top of the differential.
Then we’re gonna head on over to the passenger side. We’re gonna remove the two 13mm bolts, and you wanna be careful whenever you do this because as soon as you remove these bolts, the differential’s gonna want to come out.
As soon as you remove those bolts, grab your differential, wiggle it off the prop shaft, and there you go. There’s your factory differential.
What we’re gonna do now is remove the cradle off of it. But first we’re gonna grab our new SwifTrac differential and set it right next to it. That way we can remove the hardware, reinstall everything onto our new differential. Then we’re just gonna put it right back in.
So to remove the cradle off the differential we’re gonna remove the nut off of this bolt and remove that bolt, and there will be one on this side as well.
There’ll be washers on each of these bolts, on each side. Make sure you keep those separated, that way we can reinstall them into the new diff.
We’ll pull our old diff off so we have it set just like that. Then we’re just gonna grab our new diff, slide it right into the cradle. Put your washer on there, get your nut on. We’ll turn it around and do this side now, just like that. Put your washer on there, then the nut. Make sure we tighten our hardware.
Alright, so we’re gonna grab our differential here. Like I said, try to keep this harness up here on top of the diff. You don’t want it to get pinched or get in your way or anything like that. I’m just kinda looping it around the vent tube as best as I can.
Then we’re just gonna grab it, slide it up in here. As you’re doing that, guide that prop shaft on. You wanna line up your bolt holes. So you’re gonna get your bolt started in there. Make sure you get them started straight, and then you wanna run these bolts up to hold the diff in place. And then we’ll start reinstalling our bolts that secure it to the frame.
So now we’re gonna take our four bolts that we removed from the cradle that go to the frame. We’re just gonna grab our differential, line it up, push our bolts through, and we’re just gonna have to reach up through here. This side’s a little bit tighter than the opposite side.
You just wanna make sure that you put these washers back on. It can be a little bit difficult to get them in. Sometimes it’s a little bit easier if you come down here on the bottom. Just kinda put the nut on the edge of your finger and then just kinda slide it into position.
Now we’re gonna reinstall our prop shaft bolt. This can be a little tricky, but what you want to do is just slide the bolt in to the center of the yoke and then you’ll want to line it up with your threads. Then you’ll just want to start twisting it in.
Now reinstall the vent tube.
Now we’re gonna be filling our differential full of differential fluid. You’re not gonna be using your factory Can-Am fluid with this differential. You’re gonna be using Polaris On-Demand Drive Fluid. You can pick this up from a local Polaris dealership or you can order it online, but you just wanna make sure you use this.
So to fill it up, all you’re gonna do is remove the fill plug from the differential and then you’ll want to fill your differential up until the fluid runs out. Reinstall your plug, clean your differential up, and you’re good to go.
So now we’re gonna grab our wiring harness. We’ll go ahead and we’ll cut the zip tie that’s looming all the wires together. We’ll go ahead and extend it out. You can go ahead and unplug it right here as well, just to make it a little bit easier on you, so you’ll have a harness just like this.
We’re gonna start from the outside and feed it in towards the machine. We just want to make sure that these two connections are the ones going toward the machine. So what I like to do is, I like to start right here. And as you can see, we have a winch wired up on this machine, so you can see our red wire right here is going back and up over top of the dash. So I’m gonna follow that wire because it’s going directly over here to the battery, which is in the same location as the fuse panel.
So we’ll just take our wires and start feeding them through. Then we’re just gonna grab our wires. We’re gonna run them right over top of our steering shafts, over top of our power steering, so that it’s hanging down just like this.
Then once we make our connections, we’ll come in here and we’ll tie all of our wires up. But if you look right here next to your fuse panel, there’s gonna be a little white plug. We’re gonna pop that out and we’re gonna pull this connection up. And all this is right here, this is just a dummy plug. So we’ll just want to depress this little black tab down. That way we can get to the actual plug.
So owe have our male connection. We’re gonna grab our female connection that’s gonna be on our SwifTrac harness. We’ll just plug it in, just like that.
Then we’ll take the dummy plug that was on the factory plug there and we’ll plug it into this. This is also gonna be a good keyed-on power source for, you know, if you have any accessories or anything like that that accepts this kind of connector. That’ll be good, so all you gotta do is just unplug this right here, then plug them in.
So what we’ll do is, we’ll take our new harness and we’ll tuck it back out of the way. Then we’ll take the factory clip that we recently popped off the frame here. Let’s go ahead and pop that right back into place. Then we’ll head back out to the outside of the machine, pull our slack through, make our connection, and then tie up all our wiring.
Alright, so we’re gonna go ahead and pull this slack through. Then we’re just gonna feed this wire down to our differential and make our connection. You wanna run it as clean as possible. Drop it down right on top of the diff. Run our plug down and we’ll just go ahead and plug it in.
And then we’ll just tie all our wires up, making sure they’re not in a place where they’re gonna get bent, crushed, anything like that. Just make sure they’re all out of the way.
Now all you have to do is reinstall the rest of your components.
And that’s how easy it is to install SuperATV’s SwifTrac Differential on this Can-Am Maverick 1000. For more information on this or any of SuperATV’s great products, feel free to give us a call at 855-743-3427, or check us out online at SuperATV.com. Thanks for watching, and we’ll catch you next time.
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