Front Drive Line / Suspension

Does the front drive line of your Can-am Defender vibrate? Is it out of phase or off balance? Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help. At Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got all the aftermarket front drive lines for the Can-am Defender. And if you only need one or two components of the front driveline — such as CV yoke assemblies or drive shaft boots — we’ve got you there as well. Glance through the owners manual and you’ll see that the rear drive and the front drive have different ratios; 3.6 on the front and 3.43 on the rear. This explains a lot with regards to twisting and vibrating drive shafts and drive lines. Sure that’s not much of a difference in ratio, but it’s just enough to put things in a pretty good bind when in 4WD. Add big tires onto an already thin driveshaft and it doesn’t take a UTV expert to calculate how that will end. Bigger tires are the main problem that contribute to twisting shafts. An increase in tire diameter changes the whole gear ratio from the design specs. That being said, the BRP system is designed to forgive power split between the front and rear axles when not in demand. It’s pretty common to have the front ratio a hair taller, so the front pulls, not the rear pushing, as it makes steering input more effective.


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If you find that you’re Can-am Defender driveline is vibrating, there are a few simple inspections you can do to diagnose the issue. First, true the rotation and take any slop you find out of the front differentials and either end driving the front. If your driveline generates heat when you’re riding, it could be wear metals binding somewhere in the driveline system. If all else fails, you can upgrade to the smart lock front differentials like the Visco auto-locking differential. Whatever the case may be, if you need transfer case yokes, U-joints, driveline bolts, or even an entirely new aftermarket or OEM driveline, at Everything Can-Am Offroad, we’ve got the drivelines and driveline components to get your side-by-side back up and running right!