Thanks for the illustrations!Now for the outer joint. It requires the exact same process except:
1. The retaining ring does not have tabs. It is a pressure ring and will close itself far enough to come out of the groove in the race IF you pull hard enough. I find it helpful to put the shaft in a vice and tap the joint with a hammer to pop it off.
There seem to be variations between the shafts, as my outer joint [on an aftermarket CV axle for the 1998 Sportsman 500, I assume it's a 1999 axle] has the same tabbed clip you show on your inner joint. I first did not see this clip and thought I could just knock the stub off, as I could with the front axles. So better to check if this expansion clip is there before destroying the bearing. The compression c-clip is much easier to work with.
Do you have any suggestion on what the longest lasting boots are. I would assume it depends on the mixture of the rubber. Silicone or neoprene content? Whenever I get something out of rubber made in China and it has that nasty smell (not like rubber used to smell) to it, I find it does not last very long.