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post #1 of 13 Old 05-19-2019, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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2016 TBX aftermarket axle?

I've got a 2016 TBX went to ebay today to order aftermarket rear axles for it like I always did for my 2010. Aftermarket axles are as cheap as OEM boots and while I've never had any luck with aftermarket boots I have had good luck with the boots that come on aftermarket axles... go figure. So since I constantly rip boots on the rear axles I have went to not bothering to replace boots and just replace axles every five thousand miles or so. Lo and behold, while there are plethora of aftermarket axles for arctic cats I can't find one listed to fit my bike. OEM part # is 2502-353, and $260 for an OEM axle compared to $60-70 for aftermarket. Anybody know where I can get an aftermarket axle to fit?
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i used to rip boots at least once a month if not once a ride.. I switched over to all balls boots and have not had to replace one in 2 years now.. found them to be much heavier rubber than oem.. i have over 10000km on my stock axles

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I don't recall ripping all balls boots too much, but I could never get more than 5-6 months out of them before they just crack up and come apart. Bought another brand a while back that sold a "heavy duty" boot, bought a couple "heavy duty" boots and a couple regular ones. The "heavy duty" ones were at least twice as thick and heavy as the regular ones, but I managed to tear both of them in less than three days, while the regular ones lasted at least somewhat longer.
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iv actually never seen a boot crack and split before the GF machine still has original boots.. Are u using CF grease or some other type of grease? Iv also used a boot of old suzuki truck if i remember correctly. Its got about 8000km in it.. Was a really tight fit and hard to get on with grease on your hands..LOL.. thats why i went to all balls

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I've always used the grease that comes with them. Most of the aftermarket brand boots I have tried crack and split if they last very long. Had a couple that didn't but of course I never wrote down what brand they were and couldn't remember to buy that brand again.
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Update, nobody makes an axle with the stepped inner end, the outer end and shaft are the same as the old axles. The spline count on the inner end is the same but they are stepped and go through a totally different size seal in the differentail. The axle shaft is held in to the inner cv joint by a c-clip just like how the stub is held into the differential, I recall the older axles have a big snap ring/c-clip holding the cv joint into the cup of the inner end, I don't recall if the axle had a c-clip on the end like this, but if so you could theoretically take the inner end off one of these axles if it was good and replace the shaft and outer cv joint with an older style axle. Of course it is always the inner cv joints that I have go bad (because I generally rip inner boots within days of replacing them)

So in an attempt to not rip so many boots I fabricated a guard out of some heavy rubber belting. The guard on the front A-arms works pretty good, but for some unknow reason Arctic Cat puts the guard on the rear of the rear A-arms where it only protects boots when driving in reverse. I don't know about the rest of you, but I put on a lot more miles going forwards than I do backing up. Below is a picture of the guard I fabricated, it is held in place by the bolt attaching the lower A-arm and a couple of zip ties. The zip ties would do better being replaced by u-bolts, but I didn't have any u-bolts the right size, so I will use the zip ties temporarily to see how it works, and if it seems to help significantly I'll pick up some u-bolts of the proper size.

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Ya know it's $38 USD for a boot kit from Country Cat....

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i think i paied $40 for 2 all balls boots with shipping from a canadian dealer and have never tore another boot again. i have lots of km and im a bit of a aggressive driver always braking trail into new areas.. Instead of U bolts use the rubber coated hose ties that are used when routing hose on veh to hold it securely in place..

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You can also use the sidewall of an old tire. But looks like a good idea. You should also secure the top somehow to keep it from rotating into the axle and rubbing the boot during riding. AC doesn't put a guard in the front to allow the dirt, debrie and mud to not accumulate. Well thats what they told me anyway..

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