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This is a discussion on Axle Recommendations? within the Transmission & Drivetrain forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine Gen 1 708 cc SxS category; Great info PapaSkeeta, when I'm on the rock in Moab mine pops a lot more than it does on a dirt trail, I always attributed ...

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    Great info PapaSkeeta, when I'm on the rock in Moab mine pops a lot more than it does on a dirt trail, I always attributed it to the rear end.
    Looking at the exploded view it appears they drive the spool/ring gear through a set of clutch plates and I figured the popping was it relieving the bind on the driveline through those clutch plate looking disks????
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    I haven't ever noticed mine popping, even when turning sharp on concrete, until recently when I got back from the Arkansas ride. Before the Arkansas ride it was not popping.

    I first noticed it when I was taking it off the trailer and turning sharp to pull inside. Then I tested it a lot in the yard and couldn't really tell where the slight popping noise was coming from except it sounded like it was coming from the rear somewhere. Had my wife drive it while I walked next to it and it sounded a lot louder walking right beside it. Then I drove it slow and steady while my son-in-law lightly held the rear axles to determine if they were indeed making the popping noise and he said there was no question you could definitely feel it in the right axle when it would pop, just by letting the axle rotate in his hand, left axle felt smooth with no impact type of feeling traveling through the axle shaft when it would pop. That pretty well nailed down my problem before I started disassembling everything, but it still made me question if the axle was really bad, since the boots were good and axle felt good moving/shaking it by hand with the wheel jacked up. New axle stopped all of my popping noise that only occurred when turning to the right, so something in 1 of the CV joints was going bad.

    Easy enough to get someone to drive it very slow and steady replicating whatever situations makes yours pop, while you feel the axles when it pops, comparing both sides and you will know for sure if it is an axle or the clutch plates.
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    I had the popping and never noticed it before. I had my wife drive it slow in a tight circle while I stuck my ear in there. After changing the axle no more popping. It was definitely the outside cv joint. I haven’t taken the old one apart to inspect but I suspect it is a fracture in the cage somewhere around one of the balls.
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    Keep us informed PapaSkeeta, it looks much stronger overall.
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