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The splines in my brake hub stripped out :| . I found a replacement at a local salvage yard. I bought the axle and the hub. Axle looks practically brand new. When I got it home and pulled out my axle, the two axles are different. There is this flange on the end opposite the brake hub (see pic). The new axle is supposed to be from a 98 Grizzly. Did a little research and the axle only works for this one year.

I am wondering if the previous owner removed/replaced something on my axle tube. Looking on Babbits parts and I don't see an axle like the new one I have. Not for a Grizzly, Kodiak, Big Bear...etc. I would like to use this axle because it is in so much better shape than mine.

Can anyone identify this axle?

 

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Isn't that just the old bearing stuck to the axle?
 

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I don't think so. You can see in the picture where the axle bearing runs on the shaft. That is some sort of place for a seal to run..... I think.

After a little research, it looks like the axle for the '98 was used only that one year. I think the "new" axle is out of a 99-01. He thought the bike was a '98, but that doesn't seem likely. I am going back to the scrapper and try to get the axle tube, bearings, seals... etc. I think the gear case is the same, so, hopefully, the tube will bolt up to the case and all will be good.

I just hate swapping out parts like this, but this new axle is in much better shape than my old one.

Kirk
 

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I don't think they go back that far in terms of years, but the guys over at ACV could be good people to reach out to with questions...they generally know their stuff pretty well and could point you in the right direction?
 

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I went back to the scrapper and got the axle tube for the LH side. It bolted right in. Only problem is on my 98, the trailer hitch is welded to the LH tube.
So, when I replaced it, I lost the trailer hitch. I am going to go back to him and try to get the RH tube and the trailer hitch mount also.

It rides so much better now with the new axle. Before it felt like it would "crab-walk" when I gave it gas.
 

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Congrats on your successful repair!
 

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The splines in my brake hub stripped out :| . I found a replacement at a local salvage yard. I bought the axle and the hub. Axle looks practically brand new. When I got it home and pulled out my axle, the two axles are different. There is this flange on the end opposite the brake hub (see pic). The new axle is supposed to be from a 98 Grizzly. Did a little research and the axle only works for this one year.

I am wondering if the previous owner removed/replaced something on my axle tube. Looking on Babbits parts and I don't see an axle like the new one I have. Not for a Grizzly, Kodiak, Big Bear...etc. I would like to use this axle because it is in so much better shape than mine.

Can anyone identify this axle?

That flange is a dust seal for the diff. Chances are it would have worked if you had removed it...it's just a friction fit on the axle. My 04 Bruin was missing that piece when I got it, and one of the reasons the entire diff was rusted out and toasted, since without that dust seal the axle will not seal against the actual diff seal and allows water and mud to flow into the diff.

Glad yo got it sorted out and back together!
 
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