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robisra2010-08-11 04:07:51 +0000 #1
Took the brute to Doles over Father's day weekend. Had a blast running through every hole there. The last hour, just before I was ready to go, I was helping several people get unstuck from this goo spot in a field. Everyone was getting stuck. When we pulled the last guy out I told the SxS with me to stick around for a sec while I took my turn. I went through three times, throwing mud like a hero. Then got stuck 6 feet from the edge. The SxS thru me a strap and started to winch. The guy hollered "give it some gas to help me out", so like a newbe, I did. As soon as the front tires hit the hard pack on the edge, while the rear was still in the goo, POP! goes the left front axle. It wasn't content to just blow the CV joint, no no no, it had to take a chunk out of the diff case. After reading all about it on MIMB, I got it all apart last night and thankfully discovered that I only needed a new outer case cover, a seal, one needle bearing, and a inboard cv joint. The clutch pack, teeth and all seem to be fine, even the rest of the axle is fine. Bout $250. Getting that diff out of the frame was a frusting pain, but entirely doable. I've got the extended warranty, but I figure with all of the mods in my sig, they would not even considering fixing a blown cv joint under warrenty. And it was kinda my fault, not the equipment's.


brutemike2010-08-11 04:16:29 +0000 #2
I just broke the front left cv too 75$ to replace the whole thing ebay the cv man. Hows the three inch working out for you and that front diff is a pain to get out but im getting good at it four times now.
1bigforeman2010-08-11 04:17:54 +0000 #3
Looks pretty....you have as much damage as I have from last sunday. I'm going to start a thread tomorrow though. I messed up my arm from the wreck and broke my finger fighting tonight. Look out for the thread.
robisra2010-08-11 04:17:21 +0000 #4
Brutemike, you just buy the entire axle on ebay for $65, right? The ebay description says new, unopened item. It seems like a good deal when I see other atv sites sell just the inboard joint for $71.

As bad as I want a gorilla axle, its sure is hard to spend $380 when I can get an oem for $65. If I got the gorilla, what would break next time, probably something inside the diff? I know there are lots of differing opinions on this one.
robisra2010-08-11 04:25:28 +0000 #5
Hey, bigforeman, saw your post on the gorilla axle cups. Guess you can break the gorillas also! What in the world did you do?? Hows the arm? And who are you fighting?

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