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my CV boot mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by NetMonkey, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. Dec 1, 2011 at 10:39 AM
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    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 :) )
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    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.
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    after prying to a certain point, the clamp just pops loose.
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    you can see the 3 ridges and holes on the clamp that you have to pry apart.
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    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.
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    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.
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    no more touching.
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    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.
     
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  2. Dec 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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    Interesting. Good write up, keep us posted.
     
  3. Dec 1, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    sub'd. let us know if it slides back into place
     
  4. Dec 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM
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    nice! sub'd
     
  6. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    UPDATE:
    after about 100 miles, i checked the clamp and the fins of the cv boots and all is good. even though the boot slipped back a little bit, the fins are not touching. yay :)

    the boot of the clamp that i did not tighten down as much slipped more. these clamps really need to be cranked down VERY tight.
    if the fins do end up touching, i will reposition them and crank the clamps down even tighter.

    also, i am keeping a record at the bottom of the first post on this thread.
     
  7. Dec 9, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    Please aware me......

    Good idea but im confused. Why is it bad if the fins are touching? Isn't the boot to just keep the lubrication on the joints? Its not like your changing the angles of the shaft, and its the angle of the shaft is what will make the axles wear prematurely. Right?
     
  8. Dec 9, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    Because, if they rub, they can wear prematurely and this will cause an opening to occur. Then you'll leak out the grease and allow in dirt and debris. If they don't touch, then no friction on the fins and no wear.
     
  9. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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    Well there's my "duh" moment for the day Haha
     
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    So Simple, It's Brilliant
    Gatta love a thinker, thanks for the Write-Up.
    I'm assuming the original clamp is a bitch to reinstall.
    Or is that the original problem, that it doesn't hold?



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  11. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    This is a great write-up! Is there anything to condition the rubber, some kind of oil or grease that won't corrode the rubber? My boots look really dry, I just used a red rag and some 40w, but I am thinking it just made them shiny and look good instead of helping?? Anyone else have a suggestion? Not trying to Hi-jack sorry.
     
  12. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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    CapeCodder: The " Rubber Boots Fin's " touch and the new hose clamp helps hold it in place, so that they will not rub on each other. <<< Oo " Rub on eachother " :crazy:
     
  13. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM
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    Sub'd. CV boots rubbing is one of the bigger issues with lifts right? I will definitly be doing this.
     
  14. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    Yeah, knew that, just never thought of the mod to solve it.
    Still curious if the original clamp is the problem,
    not capable of holding the boot expanded
    Thanks again, Toyota :smack:


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  15. Dec 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM
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    Try silicone spray... doesn't tend to pick up abrasive dirt/dust as much.
     
  16. Dec 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM
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    the stock clamp is only meant to hold the boot at the stock position. it is not on very tight and only holds the boot in a little groove on the shaft. taking the stock clamp off and stretching the boot to a new position requires a new clamp that can hold against the tention of the stretched boot.
     
  17. Dec 9, 2011 at 4:34 PM
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    ya, when you do a coil/shock lift above 2.5", you run a greater risk of the cv boot fins touching. my lift is at least 3" so there was no question that they would touch.
     
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    that's a trick that All Pro uses when installing the CV boots for their LT kits. very simple to do. i have regular standard hose clamps on each end of my boots
     
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    SOS Concepts Sliders waiting for POR-15 Rust Abatement (Spring 2016), OEM Silver Tube Steps 'til then OME 2.5" Suspension w/885 Coils & Dakars / LR UCA's w/SpecRide Bushings / Lifetime Alignment Wheeler's "Super Bump" Bump Stops Front & Rear / OME Carrier Bearing Drop / 2.5° Axle Shims (Eliminated Vibration) Moog Greaseable LCA Cam Bolts / ToyTech Sway Bar Relocate Kit / Stainless Steel Extended Brake Lines (Front & Rear) TIRES - LT275/70R17 (32.2") Firestone Destination A/T's (and Matching Spare) mounted on (5) 17”x8” (4.5” BS) Machined Aluminum Alloy, with Light Gunmetal Accents, Konig SixShooter Wheels with Hofmann Anthracite Adhesive Power Weights / McGard 65002 Chrome SplineDrive Lug Nuts / Cloned Schraeder EZ Sensor 33000 TPMS SNOW TIRES - Bridgestone Blizzak DM-V1 - P255/75-17 (32.1") mounted on Stock TRD Sport Wheels (5.5” BS) w/BORA 1" Wheel Spacers (to = 4.5” BS), Wheels Locks & OEM Lug Nuts Wheel Master 36" Stainless Steel Mesh Spare Tire Inflator/Checker attached to Rear Bumper / Spare Tire Lock TRD Skid Plate / Husky Mud Flaps / Redline Tuning Hood Struts / UltraGauge / Frame Hole Plugs / OEM Chrome Exhaust Tip Salex SLX102 - '05-'13 Tacoma GloveBox & Console Organizers Combo Set / GRID-IT (Console Cover Organizer) Color Matched SATOSHI Grill w/ Individual Letters Toyota Emblem (from ‘86 Toyota Land Cruiser) Hella Fogs on Elusive Elements Light Bar mounted behind Grill / Relocated Horns & Outside Temperature Sensor SilverStar zXe Headlights / SilverStar Fogs / Upper & Lower Color Matched Eyelids / LED's @ Dome, Maps, Lic Plate & 3rd Brake / 866 Foglight Lamps for Back-Up Lights WeatherTech Headlight & Foglight Protection / AutoBahnd RoadBlock (3M) Paint Protection System on Front End & Tailgate Avid Hitch Step Color Match Powdercoated / Avid LightBar Color Match Powdercoated / DIY Front Plate Holder mounted on AVID Light Bar (NO Bumper Holes) Emblems DeBadged / CBoy808's Silver OME EMU, Medium Gray Mall Rated, TRD Skid & Matte Black US Flag Decals SockMonkey Medium Gray Shadow Only Bedside, Door, Hood Scoop & Tailgate Decals DeBadged Leer 100LX Cap w/ Adventure Pkg including Thule 48” & 60” AeroBar Locking Removable Racks, Removable Front Window & Rear Door Remote Lock Charcoal/Blk Wet Okoles (front & rear) w/Front Seat Back Waterproof Zippered Pockets, Front Pistol Pockets & Seat Heaters / Drop Stop Seat Wedge Fillers 6 CD Changer w/SubWoofer (TRD Sport OEM) / BluLogic Hands Free (Blue Tooth) / Lutron Maestro Pico Remote Control for Driveway Floods Pro-Fit & Pro-Clip Device Holders for Cell Phone & GPS / Beltronics RX 65 Blue Detector / Garmin 885T GPS 30% Tint on Driver/Passenger Windows / WeatherTech Dark Front Window Deflectors / AutoMate AM-7 Alarm w/Remote Start WeatherTech FloorLiners (Front & Rear) / WeatherTech All Weather Mats (Over Front Liners) TRD "Offroad" Front Recovery Hook (Color Matched) / 2" x 30' & 3" x 30' Recovery Straps ELITE OffRoad 2" Receiver Hitch Shackle / Daystar Black Shackle Isolator / LifeLong Locks Class 5 Locking Hitch Pin Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor / Rockford 12,000mah, 200/400 Amp, Portable Power Source & Mini Jump Starter Pop&Lock PL5305 Manual Tailgate Lock w/Color Matched Handle / Driver's Door Keytechniques Keyhole Cover OEM Bed Mat / 4 Extra Military Issue Bed "D" Rings Attached with Bed Bolts / 4 Extra Bed Rail Tiedowns & 2 Mini Tiedowns H3R Performance Halguard Halotron® 1 (Clean Agent) - HG250C 2.5lb Chrome Fire Extinguisher and Extreme Duty Quick Release Bracket (Mounted in Bed) H3R Performance Halguard Halotron® 1 (Clean Agent) - HG100C 1.4lb Chrome Fire Extinguisher (In Cab Back Door Pocket) H3R Performance MX500R - 5lb Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher w/ Vehicle Mount (On Cab Back Floor, Not Yet Mounted in Bed) ResQMe GB0-RQMTWIN-O Orange Keychain Version of the Original LifeHammer (Hanging Within Reach in Cab) FogLight Anytime / Differential Breather / A/C Condensate Drain / Tailgate Hoseclamp Anti-Theft Mods Toyota Extra Care Platinum Vehicle Service Agreement (VSA) – 8 Year / 125,000 Miles TSB's: Transmission TSB / Blower Motor TSB / Steering Intermediate Shaft Bushing TSB 90L Accelerator Pedal D0L Recall / Driver & Passenger Seat Belts Recall / Inspect Wheels & Tires "BOB" Recall The “TW EMPTY UR WALLET MOD” and a Pile of Stuff Waitin' for Install
    Thanks. So it's just the design.
    Lookin' forward to the long term outcome.
    BTW: Nice job thinkin' outside the box.


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  20. Dec 9, 2011 at 8:43 PM
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    RedTaco2134

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    Gotcha, read it to fast the first time....I am e-tarded..:facepalm: D'oh! ..
     
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