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I am working on my 04 foreman 450es I recently got and am putting new front wheel bearings. While doing so I removed the left front cv axle because it was partially out of diff and not turning. I notice that the splines at the tip of the axle where it goes into diff are ground down prob due to turning inside diff while partially out. Can I put a new surclip on it and use it or do I need a new axle?
 

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I would " not " use that axle , but that is the least of the problems I see , the ground up missing pieces of the splines off the axle and the ground up splines of the differential gear it rode on are ground up inside your front diff
 

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Should be ok, it's not like it's a Can-am and only uses the splines from the c-clip out....lol Definitely check diff fluid for metal at the very least.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I looked inside the diff where the axle enters and rides. The splines look ok from what I can tell. Im going to check the bearings tho to see how much play there is between axle shaft and diff bearings. That could be a problem Im sure.
 

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I am working on my 04 foreman 450es I recently got and am putting new front wheel bearings. While doing so I removed the left front cv axle because it was partially out of diff and not turning. I notice that the splines at the tip of the axle where it goes into diff are ground down prob due to turning inside diff while partially out. Can I put a new surclip on it and use it or do I need a new axle?
I think if you provide a good clean picture of the splines it may be okay or not....
 

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I found out why the shaft wasnt working but first alittle history on the bike. I got this bike about a month or so ago from a nice fellow for free. The bike had been sitting at his camp for a while not running and he knew I liked to tinker with bikes for a hobbie. Ive been going thru the bike and seeing what I need to fix to get it up and going.
So after I posted this thread I started to think about how the shaft could just pop out of the diff so I decided to go measure the shaft. The shaft measured 1-2 inches too short. Apparently someone put the wrong axle on the bike. So ill be getting another axle here soon. Thanks for the replies here tho.
 
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