a little over a year ago, i had a 3" lift installed. i knew the fins on the cv boots were touching and i have been monitoring them ever since. i have about 12k miles on the lift and now there is about a 1-2mm deep wear ring on the cv boots. i read on another tread on TW that several people have used hose clamps to reposition the boot. so, i gave it a try too....
so here you can see the fins touching and the resulting wear ring on one of the fins. (the wetness that you see it not leaking grease. its from diving in the 5 inches of snow that we had today )
to get the stock clamp off, you can pry up the end of the clamp with a screw driver. i was really suprised at how easy these clamps come off.
after prying to a certain point, the clamp just pops loose.
you can see the 3 ridges and holes on the clamp that you have to pry apart.
it didnt take much adjustment of the boot to prevent the fins from touching. i moved the end of the boot maybe a half inch down the shaft.
i used just a regular 'ol hose clamp from home depot. it is a 1-1/4" to 1-3/4" clamp. i screwed it down very tight.
no more touching.
this is super easy to do and it took all of 10 minutes.
hopefully, this will be a premanent solution and the end of the boot wont slip back to the stock position. i will keep monitoring it.
if this does work, then it will be the best $2.60 that i have spent on my truck
Start: 12-01-2011 @ 20700 miles
Check: 12-09-2011 @ 20814 miles: boot slipped back a little, but the fins are not touching.
Check: 12-24-2011 @ 20939 miles. boots are at the same spot as the last time i checked.
Check: 3-11-2012 @ 24200 miles. boots are at the same spot.
Check: 7-8-2012 @ 27324 miles. boots are at the same spot.
Check: 8-23-2013 @ 40350 miles. boots are at the same spot.