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If your Can-am Defender prop shaft twisted in half, is out of phase, or is misaligned, it might be time for a new one. While many riders would rather have a drive shaft issue than the proverbial Polaris perf mode or snorkel gear issues that nearly drove Ranger Crew owners to the poor house, it is still frustrating to have these things happen to your Can-am Defender drive shaft. Sure you can throw an OEM drive shaft back into your Defender, it’s not hard to do. Just take a 13mm swivel socket and used a small punch after you take the nut off and tap it with a small hammer. If you have an impact driver and a wrench on the other side of the drive shaft nut it’ll take less than a half minute to do. But if these Chinese-made factory Can-am drive shafts don’t pass muster with you, there are other options out there. Side-by-side companies like Turner Offroad will build you a drive shaft or repair your old propeller shaft no sweat. You can send it in or drop it off and usually get it back within a few days. Other companies make aftermarket Can-am Defender drive shafts as well, which are stronger and more durable than the factory one — which often underperforms on souped up machines or even “overloaded” mud-ready Defenders such as the XMR.
In the offroad world, the powersports proverb “you have to pay to play” proves true time and time again. But sometimes, things break when you’re doing basic stuff — like busting a drive shaft while pulling out your buddy’s stuck Polaris in reverse. If you’ve been sticking to your daily meditation practices, you might be patient enough to wait for a replacement Can-am Defender drive shaft. But if you need to get your UTV up and running ASAP, here’s a little tip from Everything Can-Am Offroad. Go to your local machine shop with accurate measurements and get some heavy wall tubing. Have them attach the factory joints and yokes and you’ve got yourself a heavy duty drive shaft that is ready for action. Just make sure you have the right length so you can put it back in without having to unbolt the front differential. Yes it’s frustrating when drive shaft issues occur in the Can-am Defender, but that’s the name of the game. Just know that we here at Everything Can-Am Offroad are here to help. So shoot us a line or give us a call and we’ll sort you out before you can say Everything Can-Am Offroad!
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