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2004 Rhino Rear CV Axle Removal/ Disassembly

Old 10-14-2016, 10:33 AM
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Default 2004 Rhino Rear CV Axle Removal/ Disassembly

I have a 2004 Rhino that I am having serious trouble with on the right rear cv axle. I need to replace the boots. After trying for several hours to get the axle out, I decided to try and get the boots on with the shaft in place and just taking one of the joints out. That has eluded me as well. I have tried to get the left side off to beat through the diff to the right side but it is stuck too. I Have tried a heavy slide hammer on the outer joint and neither the joint or the diff side is budging. I have tried beating on the outer cup with various size hammers as well. How does the inner joint come apart? Diagrams show a ring holding it together, much like the front cv joints, but I have the cup and joint cleaned out and I see no retainer ring (the larger 3" ring). I have contemplated taking the diff apart as a last resort, but don't know how I would get it out of the frame with the axles in. Any suggestions? I have watched several videos as well, but all seem pretty generic, and they just pull the axle out like it was nothing.
Old 10-14-2016, 01:10 PM
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I just decided to eat the cost and bought the fast boot tool and some fast boots. Should be in Monday and I will try it out. I will let you know how it goes in case anyone is wondering about those products.
Old 04-28-2017, 10:31 PM
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Did you have luck with the fast boots and that tool? If you ended up having to go with aftermarket non-'fast' kits, American CV is usually a good bet.
Old 05-01-2017, 11:50 AM
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Yes, I did end up buying the tool and it worked out perfectly. I have since use it several times and it sure saves time.
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