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Old 08-11-2009, 07:42 PM   #1
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Default how do you get a shock boot on a shock??

a really silly question, i was just checking things out of my lift components tonight and couldnt work out how in the hell the shock boots fit on the shocks?? any ideas?? it is a rough country 4.5 lift


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Kinda like putting a condom on a basketball.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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lol i was kinda hoping it wasnt gonna be like that...
i guess i will go down and give it a go
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They install over the top...

Throw them in the trash...they only collect water, dirt, and road grime.

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:40 PM   #5
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alrighty, with a bit of heat, dishwashing liquid and a few beers i found a solution.....

first came the beers...and some thought...

then the heat..



then some dishwashing liquid on the bottom of the shock (aka the basketball that you need to slide the condom over)




then more beers in celebration of a break through....

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Old 08-11-2009, 08:42 PM   #6
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i usually keep mine on till they get really dirty, and then buy new ones.

if you have already installed the shocks, then you're going to have to remove them and put the boot over the top of the shock, then use the hose clamp to clamp the boot onto the shell/case of the shock.

edit: right as you posted I posted lol.
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nice
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You are supposed to put the boot on before you put the bar pin(the two-way fork for the bolts) in the bushing. It would just slide over the shock shaft. If you do alot of mudding, one thing you should do is drill a couple holes at the bottom of the boot. This will allow water and debris to escape. There is already a small hole for air and water to be emptied but it's no where enough. If you don't do any muddin then it should be fine.


Oh..one more thing. You are messing with jeep parts on a kitchen counter. Welcome to the club man!! LOL
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cheers mud already done! they already put the bar pin in at the top thats why i couldnt slide them over the top...i found it strange..but apparently its the way rough country do it...
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I personally would take them right back off. Even with holes cut in them, condensation and grime will still be stuck in there and make the piston rust. Just my .02 cents.
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I personally would take them right back off. Even with holes cut in them, condensation and grime will still be stuck in there and make the piston rust. Just my .02 cents.
usually the piston will rust either way. I didn't experience much rust on mine when i used boots, except at the very top where it barely ever goes in past the seal. My friend's yj had 4wd hardware shocks, bootless, and his shafts rusted at the top 4"....badly. They will rust whether you have boots on them or not, but if you cycle the shock often then it stays coated with a fine layer of shock oil, preventing rust.
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They're just like any other part, if cared for properly, they'll do their job. My dirtbikes had them when I was growing up and they did their job.
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thanks for the concern guys , the electronic rust unit my dad created has solved all my rust issues, i dont get any rust on anything metal attached to the jeep or any of my other trucks ive had and they where all beach and desert rigs... i generally just give the boots a clean out every now and again as part of general maintenance
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thanks for the concern guys , the electronic rust unit my dad created has solved all my rust issues, i dont get any rust on anything metal attached to the jeep or any of my other trucks ive had and they where all beach and desert rigs... i generally just give the boots a clean out every now and again as part of general maintenance
what is this????? can your dad make me one??!!!!
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its a small sealed unit that is water proof that sits on your inner wheel well and a couple of patches to your firewall and usually chassis rail but in the jeeps case it will be uni rails....
yeah mudd i distribute them in north america, he just sent a shipment over from australia yesterday so should be here in a week or two...

any colour preferences? they are $350 plus postage but well worth the savings!!

im getting a red one for my jeep.. closest i could get to maroon


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