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I was pulling my front OEM axles to replace differential bearings. The spring retaining clip that goes inside the inner CV joint got twisted and deformed and allowed me to pull the cup apart. I removed the boot and pulled the cup with a puller. Nothing is damaged except for the retaining ring. I have searched here and on the web in general. Coming up with no luck. The best advice I have found is to cut up a spring?? I looked on McMaster and did not find one with a round spring wire, only flat.

Any advice where to look or how to proceed? I hate to install my spare axle for a retaining ring failure. I also don't want to spend the $100+ for the inner CV rebuild kit, just for that part.

Edit... I added a stock photo of something similar. Not my exact application, but you get the idea. It retains the cage in the CV joint.

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Why not use the retainer from your spare axle?
Well, I guess I could in a pinch. I just don't want to pull the boot apart and deal with the mess of all that grease on a perfectly good sealed axle (this clip is inside the cup, not the retainer that goes into the dif splines).

I would also have a spare with no retaining ring (I sure don't want to switch it back on a side of a mountain somewhere).
 

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In. About to do this on my 2 front '21 XPT2 axles that I had to dismantle to remove, so I can setup as working spares. I would be surprised if no one on here has a part number from doing the same, otherwise I'm planning to clean these up for measurements and see if we can cross reference with someone like Fastenal.
 

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This happened to me years ago when I had my Ranger 6x6. Searched the web with no luck then took the axle and CV into a local driveline shop and they were able to go in the back and find some that fit.
I'll see if I can get anywhere with measuring these, but might PM ya for the shop name otherwise, heads up! :geek:

We'll get to the bottom of this..
 

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Well, I guess I could in a pinch. I just don't want to pull the boot apart and deal with the mess of all that grease on a perfectly good sealed axle (this clip is inside the cup, not the retainer that goes into the dif splines).

I would also have a spare with no retaining ring (I sure don't want to switch it back on a side of a mountain somewhere).
Ah, I even read your post a couple times over and still missed the obvious 🙃 I agree with SNWMBL. Make some calls to local shops. Or upgrade the stock axles.
 

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Ah, I even read your post a couple times over and still missed the obvious 🙃 I agree with SNWMBL. Make some calls to local shops. Or upgrade the stock axles.
I added a stock photo to original post. Hopefully that will help to explain what I struggled with. Not my exact application, but close.

RCV has something similar, but they told me it would not work for OEM axles. I am going to call local dealer tomorrow and look for some broken axles to rob.
 

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Keep us posted. I'm working my way over to these axles hopefully later today to dig the rings out..

Wonder if @SuperATV would know if the Rhino retaining rings match OEM size cups..? I can probably measure OD of cups at least later also. But that might not help.
 

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Keep us posted. I'm working my way over to these axles hopefully later today to dig the rings out..

Wonder if @SuperATV would know if the Rhino retaining rings match OEM size cups..? I can probably measure OD of cups at least later also. But that might not help.
I talked to them and they did not think Rhinos will work.
 

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Alright, I'm multi tasking today but pulled a ring out for some measurements. Can try to cross reference probably tomorrow AM unless anyone beats me to it.

OEM cup ID between ring lands = 2.315"

Using a penny to eyeball ring seat depth, 0.08".

This puts the ring where it would fit a 2.315+(0.08x2) = 2.475 OD seat

Ring itself is 0.072", which would make it a 15 gauge I believe.

According to this, we would want a 15 gauge ring for a 2.475 OD seat. That's what I have obtained on this beer break from another project 🍺

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I have spent hours looking. Nothing yet. I did have a broke rear axle that I plan to steal this part and cut some of the spring off. It is slightly bigger OD.
 

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Similar here. I'm mid-mission today. After browsing the Fastenal site for a while this morning, decided to stop in - and struck out. They would only have square rings with ears, which maybe could work, but didn't pick any up.

They suggested to try Ferguson next door for giggles, no dice. Dealer is on my path so I stopped in there for fun, they don't ever take axles apart of course, so it would need to be from a take-off. They suggested Google.

More to come..
 

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I thought we were talking about the small ring that snaps around the shaft until OP posted the pic. I would still try a driveline shop.

In the same Ranger days, I had a few axles pull apart during removal, the boots would be fine but of course you have to remove the boot to put the CV back together. Got sick of paying Polaris $30 a boot kit for essentially 2 CV bands. Of course the bands were a specific size and design for Polaris so Google was no help. Took awhile but I got ahold of rep with Oetiker that manufactures the bands and they sent me 10 of ea size. They didn’t even charge me because they couldn’t sell them, they had to be labeled “experimental”.

Point being, the manufactures want you to buy the entire CV joint or a boot kit just to get a band, it’s ridiculous. May have to find the manufacturer of the retaining rings and get a hold of a rep.
 
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