Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Rear Axle Replacement and other problems
I have a 2005 Sportsman 800. Heard a knocking in the right rear while turning slow, so I pulled the right rear axle. THe hub interior was really dry (no grease), and the final drive (other end of axle that is the hardest to get out), was dry also. The splines were dry as a bone. So, is that from torn boots and water/moisture getting in there over time? Do I have another problem? What brand of axles are best to buy for the general rider, not a mudder or hard rider. I heard gorilla was the best, but is that needed for my use?
Also, the front tires were replaced before I bought it (got it from family, so I know how it was treated, and it was just a farm bike). THe front tires were 8" from factory, but they replaced them with 10" tires. The right is rubbing on the upper shock area, and the tires toe outward at the bottom. I think the tie rod end is shot on the right side, as it has about 1/4" of play. So, do I need spacers to run these 10" tires? How difficult is it to replace tie rod ends? What about bushings?
Any help is appreciated.