Yamaha Kodiak Broken Axle

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I currently own an ’05 Yamaha Kodiak 450 IRS and recently broke both of my rear axles. I went to Gorrilla then blew one of the rear seals and was in the process of doing this and realized that the C-clip on the upper portion of both axles was ate up and I had metal shavings in the rear end.

I have spoken with people at Gorilla and they have no clue what the problem is, I feel that upper cup is to long and that the axle isn’t seating all the way in and causing problems.

I still have yet to replace the seal until I solve this issue. What is the easiest way to remove the driveshaft on that bike I have never removed a U-joint before and is all of that needed for the job that I have to do?

Thank You,

John Sanders


Thanks for your question!

I need to know what precipitated the rear axles on your Kodie failing. I have not heard of this before and as a result I suspect there’s a big piece to this puzzle that’s missing.

If you generated enough force to fail both half shafts then yes, you need to pull the diff, change the seals, re-new the bearings, probably replace all four u-joints and then stop doing whatever it was that caused this.

Are you running big tires or track conversions? If you go for aftermarket half shafts you’ll get new u-joints with the package.

Good luck!

Motorhead Mark

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