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It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a replacement OEM axle for your Can-am Defender XT or something a little more heavy duty for your Can-am Defender XMR, when it comes to the best axles for the Can-am Defender, Everything Can-Am Offroad knows the drill. As a major stress point in the drivetrain of a UTV, axles are prone to fracture, snap, and sheer, which is why side-by-side companies like Armor Tech, Turner, and Cobra have stepped up their game and developed axles that can withstand the punishment of the trail. Especially with oversized UTV tires, stock Can-am Defender Axles just don’t cut it in many situations, breaking at the outer boot and the spline, which in turn takes out the seal on the differential. And while 8 Ball, Rhino, and Slasher axles are definitely great Can-am Defender axle replacements, many riders swear by the HD Titan axles by S3 Power Sports.
The type of a-arms you run and whether or not you’ve lifted your rig will also affect the performance of your Can-am axles. Regardless, when you talk to Can-am owners that know their stuff, they’ll often suggest Turner for Can-am Defender front and rear axle replacements. That being said, in terms of price, it’s hard to beat Highlifter’s Can-am Defender axles. And if you’re running on 36” tires or bigger and hit everything that appears in front of you, it may be the case that breakage is inevitable, regardless of which axle you go with. If this is the case, going with a Can-am Defender axle with a good warranty is likely your best bet. So if you’re in the market for a high-end aftermarket Can-am Defender axle, or just want something cheap and simple to keep you chugging along until the end of the riding season, at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got the front and rear Can-am Defender axles for all situations and applications!