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Need advice on cv boots

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by blkcoma32, May 24, 2010.

  1. May 24, 2010 at 6:47 PM
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    Alright boys, i have been a little concerned about my cv boots since my lift, the grease has been spewing out of them from the ends where they are tied the the shaft, it just seemed to never stop getting all over the underneath of the truckand i could never really understand it. But the yesterday i heard some squeaking coming from the front so i looked and the boot is ripped all the way around right next to where it is bound to the shaft. So I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions on a brand of boots or if i should just pick some up from autozone and if anyone had an idea on why the grease was coming out? Thanks guys
     
  2. May 24, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    what we do at the dealership depends on how much grease has come out? if alot has come out it can comprimise the integrity of the cv joint. i replaced mine because they had been ripped for a while when i bought it. if not alot of grease has come out dude, i say re boot it like u were saying, its messy but it saves money... i no my dealer ship carries toyota reboot kits and after market boot kits... then do a diff drop!
     
  3. May 24, 2010 at 6:52 PM
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    I would put a diff drop on to take some of the angle out of the cv shafts. I think that all the boots are all the same.
     
  4. May 24, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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    oh yeah i forgot, i do have a diff drop, thats why i couldn't figure out why i was havin a problem, the boot hasn't been ripped for long cause i just looked at it a couple days ago. So i should just go with some factory ones ?
     
  5. May 24, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    Yea just change the boot unless the shaft is no good. If you can wiggle the shaft its probably no good.
     
  6. May 24, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    How much do you have? I had the same problem. With grease coming out the ends. And my local shop just tightened it up, and now all is good. My boot fins are close, and a couple are almost touching. But its not too bad.

    Maybe your angles are too high, too much lift?
     
  7. May 24, 2010 at 7:04 PM
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    here is what happens when it slings all the grease out...[​IMG]
     
  8. May 24, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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    And I wouldnt attempt changing the boots. Ive heard from a couple shops that its easier and cheaper to just get new CV's, bc of the labor involved... I have a pair of boots from Downey offroad, that I never used. Bc I thaught I needed them....:)
     
  9. May 24, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    i got my brand new cv axles from o'rileys auto parts for $60 a piece. it alot better in my opinion to go ahead and spend the extra cash for new ones since you will have the front end torn apart anyways
     
  10. May 24, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    true that^^^^^
     
  11. May 24, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    $120 for new cv axles! I thought they were expensive? I put new ones in an old car i used to have and i swear they about gave me a heart attack cause they were so pricey, maybe i'm imagining things, course i guess i think i was like 17 work 10 hours a week so it probly was alot back then! Evertaco, I have 3" of lift via SAW c/o's and the wheeler's off road diff drop. And what did you want for those boots if i go that route?
     
  12. May 24, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    Most of the autoparts chains offer a cv shaft with a lifetime warranty. I know autozone and advanced auto both do. That way in the future if another boot tears, you just go back and get a free replacement cv shaft.
     
  13. May 24, 2010 at 10:06 PM
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    When I put my SAWs on they gave 3" easily. But the inner cv boots touched ever so slightly. I ended up turning the COs back down to approximately +2.5 and added a 1" diff drop. Inner boots no longer touch. :)

    From past experience I know they can't be touching at all when the truck is sitting level in the driveway. Even as they are set now I suspect they touch a little when the wheel is at either end if its up/down travel. Not sure what else I can do about that except be aware of it.

    You are likely to tear new boots if you keep your settings the same. :(
     
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    I really wouldnt get new boots man. Bc like said above. You will just tear them if you dont fix your angle's. It would be way easier to just get new axle's with a lifetime warrenty. and maybe crank your coilovers down a little.

    But if you really want to do new boots I would give them up for 25-30 bucks.
     
  15. May 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM
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    I have them set at 2.75" and the inner boots don't touch and those are the ones that are torn. the outer one touch on just about all of them and they look fine. I have to have the c/o set at least at 2.75" to clear my 33s. Thanks guys, i think i'll just get new shafts and take em back when they tear again!
     
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    How many miles are on your cv boots? They do wear out. The fact that you are lifted may only be coincidental.
     
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    good choice!
     
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    Are these made for the inner side (closes to the diff) or the outer side (closes to the hub) ?
     
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    I had a Tundra with the same problem as yours with the stock cv axles. I had put a lift on it and had a diff drop as well. The greases was coming out the boots until I put hose clamps on the larger ends of each boot. Eventually the boots tore and I was just going to replace the boots. I spoke to a guy at an aamco and he told me just to replace the whole axle. Good thing I did cuz the difference between the new axle and the old one was night and day. The old ones were very binding, and the new ones were a lil different in there design as well. The axle housing closest to the diff was larger than the stock. So I didn't need the hose clamps on the boots to keep them from spewing. I would suggest to you to invest in new, not remanufactured, axles for your truck. There is alot of great after market brands out there, but I think autozone has the best price. Don't buy axles from pep boys, theirs suck. Good luck, and PM me if you need any help with dis assembly and re assembly.
     
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