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09 Rancher rear axle removal????

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Im trying to remove the right rear axle of my 09 Rancher 420 with independent suspension because I have a torn inner CV boot. Ive read my service manual and it says to pry a little with a screw driver and pull hard. I have removed these before on other quads and know you have to YANK on them really hard. I tried everything in my bag of tricks to get this thing off and it will just not pop out. Does anyone have any idea how I can get the axle out of the diff so I can change the boot?

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thay can be a PITA to get out and you may have to have a 2nd person to give you a hand ...1 to yank and 1 to pry

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Tried that with a 4' pry bar and just chewed up the diff a little bit. Man it just will not come off. Im thinking about anchoring the quad and using a come along. LOL

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Im thinking about anchoring the quad and using a come along. LOL
If you do that, be careful where you hook to the axle. If you don't hook to the inner CV joint cup somehow, you will probably pull the axle apart. The axle is held to the inner CV joint with a snapring, so it will likely pull apart.

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Im thinking about anchoring the quad and using a come along. LOL
If you do that, be careful where you hook to the axle. If you don't hook to the inner CV joint cup somehow, you will probably pull the axle apart. The axle is held to the inner CV joint with a snapring, so it will likely pull apart.
Ya I was worried about that even when I was yanking hard on it. I even drilled a 1" hole in a piece of wood and put the end of the axle thru it and re-installed the axle nut to hold the wood on the end of the axle so that I would have something better to hang onto.

Helmut, is it possible to cut the inner boot off (since its torn anyway) and then remove the snap ring to release the axle and then replace the boot without taking the inner CV off? There has to be a better way to get this thing off.

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Helmut, is it possible to cut the inner boot off (since its torn anyway) and then remove the snap ring to release the axle and then replace the boot without taking the inner CV off? There has to be a better way to get this thing off.
I've never tried it, but you might be able to do it that way. You would have to remove the stopper ring that holds the CV joint in the inner cup. Once you get the inner joint out of the cup, then you could remove the snapring so you can pull the CV joint off the axle shaft. Then, slide your boot on the axle shaft and put the CV joint back on and the snapring back on. Put the CV joint back in the cup and put the stopper ring back in and slide your boot back down and put the clamps on. You should be able to do it this way, but it will probably be harder to get to the stopper ring to get it out.

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thay can be a PITA to get out and you may have to have a 2nd person to give you a hand ...1 to yank and 1 to pry
x2 on the two people thing !! Thats how I did it !! was a pain but it worked !!

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i would not try to take it apart from the cv-joint...you will not like the results !..lol. your best bet..two ppl..one pulling..and the other prying..this is the easy way..( at least for me )...yep..i highly say..do not go taking the cv-joint apart..your gonna wish you didn't if you do !..lol.

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I have tried the two person pry and pull method and it absolutely will not come off. As I stated in an earlier post I used a 4 foot long pry bar and had a buddy yank on the axle. It wont budge. Im going to try to attach a slide hammer (dent puller) to the axle somehow and give that a try. If that doesnt work I may have to pull the rear end and get it on the bench.

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I have tried the two person pry and pull method and it absolutely will not come off. As I stated in an earlier post I used a 4 foot long pry bar and had a buddy yank on the axle. It wont budge. Im going to try to attach a slide hammer (dent puller) to the axle somehow and give that a try. If that doesnt work I may have to pull the rear end and get it on the bench.
okkkkkk..lets try something else..and yes..i know you say you tried it with 2 ppl !..butttttttttttt..unless your applying pressure on both sides of the cv-joint at the differental ???????..your ..well..pizzing in the wind !..lol. for one..all of this has to be perfectly a straight pull and pry..if your not doing it just right..the axle will not come out very easy. with 2 ppl...both of you prying at two equale sides to where the cv-joint meets the differental..and one of you pulling or yanking...the axle will pop out !!..the main thing is keeping it straight as your doing this !!!..IT HAS TO BE STRAIGHT !. while your prying from both sides of the cv-joint at the differental..yank or be pulling..yanking works better..if you do it this way ?..that axle will come out !.

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