Get new axles. There probably wore causing slop.
Update: wow! this is not easy! Those axles do NOT want to come out of there. Ended up popping the outer CV joints on both sides, then created a kind of home-made "slide hammer" ( a little hard to explain... but essentially picture 5lb weight, from a barbell and a pair of vice grips on the end of the axle, just inside the spline) and finally the left one popped. Right one is still no-go at this point. The inner CV has popped off now too, so all I've got is the big (hollow) hub to pull on. I think I'm going to weld a strap or bracket to it, and attached some kind of slide-hammer / puller... but too fed up to tackle it tonight.
On the left side, I took the lock-ring off the axle, and slid it back into the socket/differential. There is a TON of play in there. I'm really hoping its the axle that is worn. I'm ordering a new set - and will slide a new one in to see how much play there is. "fingers crossed!"
Yeah... I was under the mistaken impression that the back side of the axles were happily splashing around in the transaxle oil! The one I got out was pretty rusty. The odd thing is, even though it's "stuck" - it wiggles and slops around in there like crazy. So its definitely not corrosion on the splines holding it in. Somehow that snap-ring/clip/wire thing is caught in there, but good
At this point I'm pretty worried about breaking something like the transmission case, or the internal spline/gear getting it out. Just don't see any other course of action..
That does sound excessive. I ask if your being over OCD on this as that's the category I'd fall into ... new noises, etc will drive me nuts until I can either resolve or get confirmation that it is normal. I'm still fairly new to the RZR game and haven't quite nailed down normal longevity of these machines.that's an interesting point... My warranty was extended to Nov 2018, but there's never been mention of any mileage limit. You'd think there must be though? I can try to get a video of the play, and its not causing any problem while riding at this point. However, if I grab the CV housing, right beside the transmission, I can move it back and forth, at least a quarter of an inch, but I'd say closer to a half inch. Other machines/brands I've check, there's almost no play at all here.
Just so you know it's not bad at all I have done the fronts On a 2009 Rzr-s, there's a bearing and seal at all three locations On the front And a ring and piñon gear, it has a electro magnet that engages Originally they sold no sep parts you had to replace the hole unit I lost one seal and bearing, all three are the same I took one of the good seals and bearings to a bearing parts house $50 back on biz, take pics of you need to, harder to get out that replace parts