There are a lot of different reasons you might need to measure your axles. Maybe you’re trying to fab up your own custom suspension, or maybe you bought a used machine with a funky lift kit and need to get a replacement axle.
If you’re in a situation where you don’t have a better way to identify your UTV or ATV axle, you need to know how to measure it. We’re gonna tell you the standard method of measuring axle length, but first you’ll need to grab a buddy and a tape measure.
UTV and ATV axles that use double CV joints are measured from cup to cup, not tip to tip. The trick is to make sure your CV joints are straight. They tend to flop around and if they’re bent at all, you won’t get an accurate measurement. That’s where your buddy comes in. They can hold the axle straight and hold one end of the tape while you hold the other.
Most UTV axles and high-quality ATV axles have at least one plunging CV joint. That means that while your axle is sitting on the table, it’s at some random length between it’s most extended and compressed lengths.
This is where you’ll really need a friend helping.
First, extend the axle as far as it will go by pulling on both ends of the axle.
Then, measure from the outside of each cup face to get your extended measurement.
Now, push the CVs together as much as you can and measure again. This is your compressed measurement.
Your compressed and extended measurements are the specs axle manufacturers use to measure their axle length, and you should be able to find the axle you need using those specs.
You’ve got your compressed and extended lengths measured, now you can finally figure out what axles you need. All you need to do is find a stock replacement for your machine, and get those measurements either by looking online or calling the company that makes it.
If they match yours, great! You just need stock length axles. If they’re shorter, then that means you’ve got some kind of lift and you’ll need to find lift axles that match your measurements.
Keep in mind that some companies, like SuperATV, etch a part number into the axle shaft. Be sure to look your axle over for any part numbers if you want to skip the measuring process.
Now that you know what you need and how to get it, you’ll never have to measure your axle again! Just get the right axle, pick up a few spares, and hit the trail.
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Hi can match 2013 odes dominator 800 pro edition right front cv axle extended 24″ compress 22″ the cage is broken hard to measure oem length end to end
29″ overall length oe # 10901230000 thanks for help
Unfortunately, we do not currently offer axles for this machine. Thank you for reaching out!
What are the measurements of the front CV axles on an 03 Polaris sportsman 500 HO 4×4 are they the same length?
I’m looking for a axle for a 2012 Polaris Rzr 800s. I bought it used and has a Ella suspension kit in it. The axle lengths are 20.5” depressed and 21.875” extended. Does super atv make an axle to this spec? I’ve order 4 and they’ve all be wrong so far
Hey Derek! In order for us to answer your questions, we’ll need to know a couple of things. Are you interested in front or rear axles? Also, how are you measuring – from tip to tip or outer CV face to outer CV face? Feel free to reach back out on here, or give us a call at 855-743-3427. Thanks for the support!
Hey Tyler, I’m looking for a front axle, and those measurements are from outer cv face to outter cv face
Hey Derek! If the Elka suspension kit is just aftermarket suspension and not a long travel, it should just be a stock length 800S axle (https://www.superatv.com/shop/polaris/rzr/rzrs800#/filter:product_category:Axles), but the measurements for it are 21.65″ compressed and 23.8″ extended. It may be measuring differently for you since it’s broken. Have you tried ordering axles from us yet, speaking of the ones you said you previously purchased and didn’t fit? Thank you for the support!
2015 Polaris Razor XP1000. Can you tell me the extended length of both the stock front axel and the +3″ front axel.
Hey! The extended length (measuring face of CV to face of CV) on the front stock is 684mm, and on the front +3″ axle is 766mm. Thanks for checking in!
Hi I have a 2009 Polaris RZR 800S front axle and I need a couple of new axles. I have tried the standard length axles, they do not fit. I measured the axle like your website said, from outside cup to outside cup. Extended it measured 25″ and compressed it measured 23.5. Not sure what axle I need. On the axle there is a part number TA-P-RZR-F-LT6.
It looks like you need the 6″ lift kit axles on this page: (https://www.superatv.com/polaris-rzr-800-long-travel-heavy-duty-axles-rhino-2-0). There’s just a few millimeters difference between your axle and the AX-1-1-F-LT6-DT-S1 on that page.
Thanks for reaching out!