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Re: [T3] swing axle boots

On 24 May 2006 at 9:36, type3weezer@comcast.net wrote:

> Well I got a little bored yesterday afternoon and went ahead and installed
> them. While i did use the sealant and I did put the seams horizontal, I have
> the seam towards the front of the car. Think this will be an issue? I looked
> in the BIG Bentley (early T3) and it did have a picture of the installation
> of split boots and from what I can see it looks like they have the seam
> pointing foward also. A big raspberry to the aftermarket boots, Jim. I got
> two different boots from my FLVWAPS guy. One was German- went on like a
> dream. Second was Brazilian, I think and this was way small. I should have
> left that original side on (it wasn't the one that was leaking but always
> replace in pairs, you know.) 

If the clearances are okay and they seal well, then I think facing forward will 
be as good as facing rearward. In your case, it sounds like you should be 
looking around for another good German split boot.

In the case of these swing axle boots, I wouldn't replace them unless they need 
it.The OEM non-split boots are much better than the split type since they are 
more flexible and won't tend to crack. So I'd leave them alone unless they show 
some sign of failure.

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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