A big shout out and a huge thanks to ScooterG for opening his shop and stepping up to help me repair the final drive.
I'm still in the process of tracking down a final drive. Having the use of Scooters lift definitely made working on the machine easier. A few months back, I did remove the front and rear wheels to have new rubber put on them.
Meaning of novice
a person who is new to the circumstances, work, etc., in which he or she is placed; beginner
In retrospect, I should have given myself more credit than calling myself a novice mechanic. After working with ScooterG I can now say, I did have the skills to remove the final drive however, I do not have the tools or knowledge to repair the seals and from the feedback on this forum, there are not many who have restored the seals inside the final drive.
A few years back the shift forks in the gearbox in my 2015 Can-Am Commander went bad so, I had to nearly dismantle the machine to pull the gearbox. I had to remove the motor and gearbox together as it was easier than trying to get the gearbox off the motor. Wish I would have not let it go, It was one tough, go-anywhere, fast badass machine
That being said, I would still not attempt changing a water pump and timing belt on a car.
I would say, if you can remove your wheels, you can remove the drive shaft.
In my opinion, a novice mechanic can pull the final drive