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Front Right CV Axle - With Driveshaft support base vs with Intermediate Shaft

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I'm trying to replace my front Right CV axle on 2016 Honda Pilot (AWD/6Speed). I bought a right front CV Axle (CV boot on each end). I'm struggling to separate the old CV axle from the inner axle at the support base. I did notice you can buy one with the Intermediate shaft included as one assembled unit. Does anyone know if there are some versions that don't come apart at the support base? ie: should I be able to separate the old CV axle at the support base and install my new one, or is it possible my vehicle requires me to remove the support base, pull the CV axle and inner axle out and replace as one unit? (see attachment - 2 is "with driveshaft support base" and 3 is "with intermediate shaft")

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I can't see the spot you point to (spring clip) because it is in the support base. This is a current picture and the section you are pointing to in your picture is hidden from view by the support base in my picture. I hope I'm OK to continue banging against the old drive axle at this point (away from transmission) in hopes of separating it at this spot.
 

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So it seems that for the 2016 Honda Pilot EX (6-speed) it is all one unit (CV Axle/Intermediate support bearing/Intermediate Axle). I called my local Honda Dealer and that is the only way they sell it for my model (and at $639 CDN). I had ordered just a CV axle from one of my local aftermarket part suppliers (Shurfit). I had to take it all out as one unit from the pilot and when I hold the new CV axle up to what I pulled out, it doesn't look like it would fit even if I was able to separate it. Rockauto lists the CV axle only under the 9-speed model and shows a complete unit (CV Axle/Intermediate support bearing/Intermediate Axle) for the 6-speed model which I just ordered. Here is a link - More Information for TRAKMOTIVE HO8638 I'll update the forum with final results. What a pain!
 

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I can confirm that my pilot (2016-AWD-6-speed) only takes a front right CV Axle with the support bearing and intermediate axle as all-one component. It seems only the 9-speed version can separate the cv axle from the intermediate axle at the support bearing.
 
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