Originally Posted by GT_RoadGlide
If you had to "beat" it out you should change the bearings. Clean up the old axle and if it doesn't slid in then time to replace it. I use a multi-marine grease on mine when it is time for reassembly. I apply a thin film to axle and both spacers.
I'll bet he already figured this out, seeing as the thread is 4 years old.