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Old 03-07-2018, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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drive shaft just broke in half. wild .less than 2000 mi on sled .ever happen to you guys ? any one have one ? they are cheep on da bay. stopped my great ride today. but made it 100 mi and broke in a buds yard . just as i was thinking what a great old girl she is .stupid sled .
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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broke shaft on my 99 xc700 and on a borrowed 98 500. Both were rusty , like they were halfway cracked for a while before they let go. took out chaincase both times iirc
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ouch thats no happy
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Been discussed here before. Possibly switching to 4 driver axle would take some stress off the center of the axle? I put 4 drivers on my xc just because. Theres a few xcr800 4 driver driveshafts on ebay, cheap. Little extra work to install, gotta remove the chain case but that's easy. The fight is removing and installing the reverse case cover.
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Snapped the driveshaft in my 1995 XLT when it was still under warranty. It broke just as I crested a hill on a high line trail. The track locked up and I slid out of control down the hill as another sledder came up the hill at me. I was lucky we didn't hit head on!
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Been discussed here before. Possibly switching to 4 driver axle would take some stress off the center of the axle? I put 4 drivers on my xc just because. Theres a few xcr800 4 driver driveshafts on ebay, cheap. Little extra work to install, gotta remove the chain case but that's easy. The fight is removing and installing the reverse case cover.
Its 17-18 years ago but I thought my xc had a 4 driver shaft. Checked the parts diagrams and they also shows a 2 driver shaft so guess I was wrong

My thought is that these breaking shafts had material defects , making them prone to crack
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Been discussed here before. Possibly switching to 4 driver axle would take some stress off the center of the axle? I put 4 drivers on my xc just because. Theres a few xcr800 4 driver driveshafts on ebay, cheap. Little extra work to install, gotta remove the chain case but that's easy. The fight is removing and installing the reverse case cover.
Our guys broke driveshafts more often on 4 sprocket triple sleds and 3 sprocket twins than just the 2 sprocket sleds...once the develop a hairline crack, its a matter of time before they chit the bed. Some the guys even went to a military grade titanium driveshaft which never broke
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Its 17-18 years ago but I thought my xc had a 4 driver shaft. Checked the parts diagrams and they also shows a 2 driver shaft so guess I was wrong

My thought is that these breaking shafts had material defects , making them prone to crack
This...or a stress crack.
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Our guys broke driveshafts more often on 4 sprocket triple sleds and 3 sprocket twins than just the 2 sprocket sleds...once the develop a hairline crack, its a matter of time before they chit the bed. Some the guys even went to a military grade titanium driveshaft which never broke
Damn, up to now I thought I was sleeping better at night with the 4 drivers...
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