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Hey all I'm not happy to say I popped the rear right inner cv boot on my new XMR:th_smiliepissed: I've done a boot on my first gen 1 frame but the new gen 2 frame is new to me. I've read I have two options, the first is unbolt the diff and slide it back just enough to pull the shaft or option two, pull the trailing arm and brake caliper. I'm stumped on which is a better choice? I must say that I'm not pleased with the under par cv boots that I do remember in the past being a more pliable rubber versus a plastic like boot! After I noticed I had a leak I poked it with my finger on a rib and it kinked and stayed that way! Maybe they are better I don't know? Any help or tips on this project would be great as I haven't done a boot in about 9 years. Has anyone done a video on the gen 2 frame yet? Haven't seen any, they always make it that much easier to figure things out. Thank you in advance fellas! :th_smiliewavey:
 

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I'd pull the swingarm axle and slip it out that way.
 

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I thought I would do an update on my repair. It went well I guess, I pulled the trailing arm out and replaced the boot that way. I did how ever have a real, real problem getting the knuckle of the shaft to remove the cv boot though. I phoned my dealer and asked there opinion on how I should do it, they recommended placing the knuckle flat on the vise and using two hammers to peen the shaft off, can you believe that crapola! Ya real professional guys! I took the high road and got a bearing puller to do it right. In the process I tore a couple teeth off the end of the shaft where the circlip bound and broke out. As I seen it, there was no other option to get the knuckle off, it was do or die and if I followed the real shady instructions I got from my so called best dealer in the province I would have been left with a paper weight.
Why on gods green earth can am does it this way is beyond me? What a stupid way to do things, a guy either gets lucky and it slips off or you rip it off just to replace a gal darn $50 boot! Anyways I felt it wasn't damaged enough to scrap it so I cleaned it up and put her back together and so far no problems with nice mile long cat walks at the crack of the whip! it would be nice if people didn't make things more difficult when making a post on how to repair things. I'm not saying I read it here but on the can am talk forum. Just a straight up post on how to do things properly seems kind of rare these days unfortunately and my so called BEST can am certified repair facility looks like there a bunch of no brains, I refuse to mention the dealer though I really should but I won't and I will not support or recommend them to anyone I know, and I know a lot of people through out this province that ride. I apologize for my rant but I feel better now, shame on you can am for your crappy inner circlip bologna. I'm starting to think this new quad was a bad choice and should have went wild cat I guess. What next a faulty ignition switch? Oh wait that just happened two hours off the show floor, never mind. Flipping lemon.
 

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Is the circlip similar to the one that holds the axle in the diff or one with holes that you use circlip pliers to remove?
 

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Hello, yes the circlip looks very similar To the one that holds the axle inside the differential only a nightmare to get out in some cases. If you get lucky yours will pop out with ease just a luck of the draw I guess. A simple snap ring you can get at with a pair of pliers is what most manufactures decide to go with. Never had an issue with the diff circlip and a good design I think no one has had an issue popping them out but once again same design so there could be problems I guess. Looking back at what i did and your post gave me an idea. Blow the grease out of the knuckle splines and dip it in gear oil while wiggling the knuckle as it does have a bit of play and maybe that would be enough to work the gear oil into the circlip. Maybe the axle grease is thick enough that it won't let the circlip slide like it's designed. Will it work? Duno but I'm trying it next time as I refuse to take something into the dealer that is so straight forward and simple for most other axles that is.
 
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