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While working on my rhino recently and had it jacked up to replace the front shocks. I noticed that the drivers side front tire didn't spin as freely as the passenger side. The drivers side felt like a tred was rubbing, not the case. I took the tire off and could still feel the sensation by rotating the hub by hand. I think I can hear something from the front differential but hard to tell.

Is it possible to have a problem with the front diff if the passenger side wheel spins freely? Or is this there a possible problem with the CV joint? Or is this normal for the driver side to not spin smooth? I haven't noticed anything while driving the rhino.

I don't currently have it in 4 wheel drive or locked.

Thank you... hope you can help!
 

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I think there was another thread with this exact same question. Someone said something about it being the way the 4WD/Diff Lock system worked that causes the difference in wheel freespin from one side to the other. I don't know I've never messed with mine like that. Maybe goto your local dealer and see if they'll jack the front of a new machine up so you can compare.
 

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The 4wd engages on the right side spider gear. So when it's selected to 2 wd it will freewheel while the left side will have to overcome the the friction of the spider gears (they run pretty tight) since the ring and pinion aren't gonna turn.

Long story short yeah that's Normal.
 

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Joe,

Thanks for the clarification. I knew it had something to do with the way the 4WD worked but wasn't sure exactly what parts were involved.
 

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Wow, that was quick! I really appreciate the response and quick replies.

Take care!
Not a problem. I know how it is to find something peculiar on my equipment and wonder if its really broken or if its normal. I'm fairly new to SxS's so I'm not that smart yet, I just happened to remember another post a few weeks ago about the same issue and remembered that the general consensus was it was normal operation.
 
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