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Re: [T3] Non-split Axle Boots

On Feb 15, 2005, at 10:50 PM, Jim Adney wrote:

On 15 Feb 2005 at 21:13, John Jaranson wrote:

But I clamped the axle tube in a vise by the shock mount, turned the
boot inside out, but the boot in some hot soapy water to soften it up
some and to lubricate it and started stretching it over the flange big
end first.  I didn't need any tools or pry bars.  Just worked it over
the flange from one side to the other.  Didn't tear the boot or

That's WAY cool! I've never had to deal with them, but I'm convinced that this
is by far the best way to do it.

I am far happier with the non-split boots. Will see how long they last. One of the original boots was still on there with only surface checking after 38 years.

Nice photos, too, but don't you wish you had painted everything first. I guess
this was SO easy you'll just take them back off now and put them on again after
the repaint. ;-)

Actually I purposely put the boots on before paint. I won't be adding the clamps til after paint, but I wanted to be sure I could get them on and not ding up the new paint trying to get them on. I needed to be able to clamp the axle tube securely in a vise....not good for paint. I also did not want to get paint on the tube and ring where the boot covered. There was no factory paint in these areas. I can position everything and mark it, then pull the boot back and mask everything off and paint the tubes and rings. Then just slide the boots in place and clamp them.

The areas inside the boot are wet with gear oil so rust won't be an issue.

John Jaranson
'66 Square (Sophy)
'71 Fasty (Jane - darkside project in waiting)
various parts.....don't we all.

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