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Old 05-11-2011, 07:12 AM
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Can I ride on a bad cv joint?

The boot is torn on the rear left, and clicking. I'm assuming it's the joint, or the axle...either way, can I still ride on it, or will it leave me stranded? It's a 2009 850xp. thanks.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:27 AM
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If it breaks when u are on the trails u will still have the other rear tire pulling. If its bad, its bad. I would let her got until it gets to making a little more noise than a click. IMO.
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:46 AM
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I had a tore boot on mine and it was clicking, I repacked the joint and replaced the boot 4 years ago. It still clicks but hasn't failed yet.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:57 AM
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at least replace the boot,the cv joint will not last long with a torn boot,if you want the clicking gone replace the cv joint at the same time.clicking cv joint is a common polaris complaint.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:58 PM
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To properly replace a boot (not using a split boot that's notorious for leaking) you need to dissasemble the joint. Might as well replace the joint while you're in that far.

The joint clicks because the ball cage is cracked. If the cage completely splits, it can spit the balls out of the race and you will loose the joint. Could happen now or years from now but sooner is more likely since the joint is running dry.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:48 PM
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Do it right and replace the joint and boot.
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:50 PM
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To properly replace a boot (not using a split boot that's notorious for leaking) you need to dissasemble the joint. Might as well replace the joint while you're in that far.

The joint clicks because the ball cage is cracked. If the cage completely splits, it can spit the balls out of the race and you will loose the joint. Could happen now or years from now but sooner is more likely since the joint is running dry.
Mine was not cracked. When I had it disassembled I cleaned it and inspected it. I thought it would be ok, but now it clicks when backing up.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:00 PM
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at least replace the boot,the cv joint will not last long with a torn boot,if you want the clicking gone replace the cv joint at the same time.clicking cv joint is a common Polaris complaint.
EXACTLY!!!

It's likely clicking form the loss of grease, if not tended to in a timely manor, it will wear and the clicking will remain regardless of grease.

You cane get "repair" boots that snap around the shaft while still in place. They are temporary or a "band-aid" but will keep you riding until you can correctly repair the shaft.

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To properly replace a boot (not using a split boot that's notorious for leaking) you need to dissasemble the joint. Might as well replace the joint while you're in that far.

The joint clicks because the ball cage is cracked. If the cage completely splits, it can spit the balls out of the race and you will loose the joint. Could happen now or years from now but sooner is more likely since the joint is running dry.
Mine was not cracked. When I had it disassembled I cleaned it and inspected it. I thought it would be ok, but now it clicks when backing up.
Ok, should add a "Generally," to the beginning of my last post. It can also be caused by worn or missized balls/hub. I'd say 8.5/10 of the bad CV's I've pulled apart had a hairline split somewhere in the cage.

Is your's constantly clicking while backing up, or just one or two clunks? Might have some lash between the hubs and balls if it's clunking when first giving it gas.

I've found even new CV joints what I consider "worn" or mismatched from the factory and rebuilders. Should be able to pivot the joint in all direction freely with no binding or feeling of galling, but while holding the stub in one hand and the shaft in the other and trying to rotate against each other there should be no play at all.

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Thanks for the replies - the verdict is we got STRANDED! The axle broke away from the joint about 2hrs in and we had to tow it back. My Polaris is 'adult ridden' and I ride gently. VERY disappointing with only 200miles on it, very...lesson learned.
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