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I'm new to the site and was wondering if anyone has ever attempted to change the bearings in the final drive. I have experianced changing a lot of bearings but have never seen anything like the small pilot bearing encased in the housing for the pinion shaft. It has a stainless keeper wire that wraps around the center of the outer race and believe me it keeps the bearing in. I would appriciate any ideas or tricks that would allow me to finish without destroying the housing. I've tried a small hole on the back side of the housing to the race and it still won't move. Thanks
 

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Welcome to the forums. Yes, I've changed those many times. If you look in the Fourtrax 300 repair manual, it will tell you that that bearing can't be removed and that you have to replace the whole case, but that's wrong. To get that keeper out, rotate that ring until the ends of it are visible in the small hole in the case. Now take a small screwdriver and bend one of the ends up through the hole. Now take a pair of needle nose pliers and grab the end of the keeper ring and pull it out. Don't worry about breaking anything, the wire will bend and pull right out.

Now, getting the bearing itself out can be a little hard. Make sure all the other bearings and seals are out of the case. Also make sure the filler cap is screwed out of the case. Put the case in an oven and heat it up to around 175 degrees F. Don't preheat the oven, put the case in the oven and let the temperature slowly come up to 175 degrees F. Wearing gloves, take the case out and take a punch and put through the small hole in the case, the same hole that you pulled the keeper ring from, and angle the punch so you can hit and and knock the bearing out. Be careful not to break the case. Sometimes it can be hard to get the bearing out, but heating it usually makes it come right out. I have tried without heating and haven't had any luck.

If you can't get the bearing out by heating it, Honda makes a special tool to remove it, even though the manual says it can't be taken out. LOL. I've never had to use the tool, though.
 

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Thanks Helmut, my father-in-law just walked through the door with it and got it out. I appreciate the information and the time for responding. Your obiviously every knowledgable and a asset to this forum, thanks again.
 

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Thanks Helmut, my father-in-law just walked through the door with it and got it out. I appreciate the information and the time for responding. Your obiviously every knowledgable and a asset to this forum, thanks again.
You're welcome, glad you got it out.
 
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