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Alright so I have a hole in my front differential, and I need get it worked on. How do you guys work on your rhino? DO you have a lift you use? I'm pretty low key, we have a Motorcycle lift, but nothing like the sort for cars. So if I want to get the front diff off, do I need to take off the skid plate?
 

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floor jack and some stands. Remove Skid plate , both axels and 4 bolts i think and 2 wiring plugs. You will need a impact to remove the big nut that holds the axel to the spindle/wheel. Remove the bolt that holds the lower balljoint on both front axels and the bolts that hold the shock to the upper controll arm for more leverage.
 

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yup just use jack stands under the floorboards on the frame. I have a atv lift that I use.

it's easy to remove the diff, if your need help let us know.
 

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I use a forklift with extensions on the fork, we use it for sleds and atvs also, works great, just like a hoist for cars.......
 

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Maybe I'm wrong but wouldn't it be easier to just remove the tire and brake caliper then unbolt the upper and lower control arms and pull the axle out of the diff?
 

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Jack,jack stands,i pod hooked up to stereo,and a 30 pack of busch light!! Or whatever beer floats your boat! Just have fun and take your time.
 

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Maybe I'm wrong but wouldn't it be easier to just remove the tire and brake caliper then unbolt the upper and lower control arms and pull the axle out of the diff?
Thats how I did it way faster and easier than taking the spindle off
 

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Maybe I'm wrong but wouldn't it be easier to just remove the tire and brake caliper then unbolt the upper and lower control arms and pull the axle out of the diff?
Thats how I did it way faster and easier than taking the spindle off
Maybe I'm wrong but wouldn't it be easier to just remove the tire and brake caliper then unbolt the upper and lower control arms and pull the axle out of the diff?
Thanks guys, This is how I was gonna go at it as well. Instead of me just JB welding the outside of the diff, I was thinking about taking it apart and JB'ing it from the inside as well. Would this be a good idea, or is there stuff in there that would hurt it? I'm thinking if somethings messed up in there, it already is, i was just gonna JB weld it, until I can find a used one or find the money to buy a new one.
 

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For that type of work like everone has said use a floor jack and jack stands. For services such as oil/filter changes, and washing after riding in mud I've found that loading it on the trailer works perfectly, I don't have to worry about getting oil all over my carport and when I'm done I just spray off the trailer too.
 

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Quick question, I kinda understand that the differential is used to lock the wheels for 4 wheel drive, but if I dont drive it around in 4wd will it hurt it to not have any oil in it for the time being? I just recieved my stuff form JBS, and i wanted to try out the MSD. Just a quick run up the street and back. What's your suggestions on that?
 

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I would not drive it with no oil in the diff. Its your call if your gonna junk it and pick up another used one than mabey but i would not run it if you are gonna keep that one.
 

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Quick question, I kinda understand that the differential is used to lock the wheels for 4 wheel drive, but if I dont drive it around in 4wd will it hurt it to not have any oil in it for the time being? I just recieved my stuff form JBS, and i wanted to try out the MSD. Just a quick run up the street and back. What's your suggestions on that?
The front axles (which are attached to the differential) are attached to the wheels without a way to unlock them. so if the wheels are turning, the diff is turning. So driving it in 2 wheel drive is as much of a risk as 4 wheel.

That said, if you are simply easing around in it and the gearsraces, seals and bearings don't ever heat up, you are OK.

Can you not thread the hole and put a bolt with high team sealer in it?
 

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Can you not thread the hole and put a bolt with high team sealer in it?
Interesting, is this a possibility? I suppose I need to figure out if the hole is near any gears or such.
 

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Can you not thread the hole and put a bolt with high team sealer in it?
Interesting, is this a possibility? I suppose I need to figure out if the hole is near any gears or such.
Well, yes but don't put a long bolt in it you just need on slightly longer than the depth of the diff casing. If it's not too bigot a hole, drill it out, thread it and insert bolt (same as an oil-pan drain plug.)
 

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First question you need to ask is "Why do I have a hole in my front differential". The only way to know for sure is to remove the dif, tear it down and inspect.
I recently pulled mine and I unbloted ate control arms from the frame and pulled the each side as a unit. The dif comes out the bottom where the skid bolts up.

Now if you cannot afford to fix the front dif, pull it anyways and then pull the drive shaft from the front of the motor. Take the front outer C/v's and pop them off the shaft and use them in your spindles without the rest of the componets. You will only have 2wd but you do not run a risk of tearing something up bad or hurting yourself if the front dif decides to lock up while you are hauling butt.

From the sounds of it, it may not hurt for you to find a friend who is familiar with this type of stuff and get him to help.
You will end up hurt or destroy a lot of parts thinking you can just drive it around with a hole in the front dif. I am betting the pin holding the spider gears has come loose or something broke off and broke the case.
If you tear it down and find only a hole with no other issues then J/B weld or some of the other ideas here would be fine.
 

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undo the bolts that hold the arms to the frame and leave everything alone,undo the lower shock bolt,pull the whole assembly out a few inches out of the diff, undo the diff bolts and slide the clunker out the bottom if my memory is correct,thats the fastest...the big bolt on the axle end sucks and then you don't have to mess with it or the brakes and caliper etc...it only needs to clear the inner shaft ends to pull out of the diff...then go buy a new expensive diff....ring gear bolts come loose?
 
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