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Stupid question / Shock help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by monoman, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:58 PM
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    monoman

    monoman [OP] Time to get dirty!

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    Maybe someone can help me out here. Just got new Bilsteins for the rear of my truck & they came with these dorky black boots. Now do I have to put these on, or can I cut them off before installing them?:confused: Thanks guys!
     
  2. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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    ChrisYoTaCoMa

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    The dorky black boots keep crap off of the strut rod, and from getting into the orings. Also protects it from mud, water...... I would leave them on if it were me.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:14 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    definitely leave them on.................call it prevenative maintenance....kinda anyways.
     
  4. Jul 2, 2009 at 10:46 AM
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    monoman

    monoman [OP] Time to get dirty!

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    So they stay on. Yea, the boot has a small hole down at the bottom of it, so I figured that's what it was for, but I've seen many guys running rear shocks without boots on them so I thought I'd ask. I hope to put the rears on this weekend, then later on, install the front shocks & new rear leafs with some help from my cuz.

    Thanks alot guys!:D
     
  5. Jul 2, 2009 at 11:09 AM
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    what they said
     
  6. Jul 2, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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    sirsaechao

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    If you mud, offroad and stuff I would leave them off. Crap gets trapped inside of it and rust/wear out the shaft and etc. I always remove mine.
     
  7. Jul 2, 2009 at 8:46 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    i had a set of ranchos on my old 4runner, I guess the drain hole in the boot got clogged, cuz one day I cut them old red boots off and about 4lbs of muddy crap water poured out.
     
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