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Old 03-19-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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New Rancho 9000's. Boots on or off?

Want to know how you guys are running them.

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Old 03-19-2014, 09:03 AM   #2
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Just wanted to add to this even though I run a TJ. I keep the boots on mine shocks/SS since I live in an area that has a lot of dust, small gravel and rocks. We also have chemicals/salt put down on the roads in the winter. I want to protect the shock as much as possible in regards to those things I listed. So I would say think of the area you live in and the environment you will be running your rig in. Then go from there.

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Old 03-19-2014, 09:20 AM   #3
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I live in Cleveland so lots of salt. But I also heard it traps it in...
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:25 PM   #4
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I'm in Alabama, so no trouble with road salt or anything, but I run my Rancho's with no boots. Never been a fan of shock boots. Look a little dated to me...and then there's the whole trapping muck and sludge issue.

My rear Rancho's came with hard boots with an open bottom, so there is really nowhere for the crap to get trapped. I removed them anyway, not a fan of the red.
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Old 03-19-2014, 02:49 PM   #5
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Lots of oppions on this one. I have personal seen lots of shocks trashed from running boots, but have never seen one damage in a way that a boot would have saved it.

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We dont run any kind of boot on our 4400 buggy and I can only think of one team that does. So I take the whole you have to protect your high dollar investment line you hear on this forum all the time with a shrug.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:47 PM   #6
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As stated above, both sides have a great argument. Offroad, the dust and crap trapped inside the boot can chew things up, but on the other hand, ON road, especially in salt states, the salt will eat the rod without the boots. Im running the 9000s, and left my boots on for the NJ winter. Everything looks ship shape right now. I may remove them once the temps climb back up.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:46 PM   #8
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You guys recommend cutting the rear hard plastic boots off as well? They are pretty loose and slide around very easy.
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Old 03-21-2014, 12:38 AM   #9
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In stone dry environments (which are rare) the boots make some sense but water creates a pool of mess inside the boot that starts by damaging the seals and works its way to the shafts.

If you are unsure, put them on run them for a few months and then take a look inside.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:16 AM   #10
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In Florida we run with No boots.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:41 AM   #11
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You guys recommend cutting the rear hard plastic boots off as well? They are pretty loose and slide around very easy.
I cut mine. Had some heavy duty scissors and cut through them. If I know I've been through dusty terrain, mud or any other place that may contain particles that may not be good, I put spraying them with a hose on my things to do for the day. Quick spray on the shocks and undercarriage, and done.
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:45 AM   #12
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In Florida we run with No boots.
Yeah, I concur, We like to run our's Neked in Florida.
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Over time, it is possible that dirt and grime can work it's way into the shock via the seal, but that's going to happen whether you run the boots or not. Your biggest concern there would be the seal - not whether or not you have a boot on. Since you are in Ohio, I would say run it without the boots if that's what you prefer.

Personally, I like the boots to hide that skinny, silly looking rod, but then again, I've been listening to the same band the last 20 years, cook in cast iron cookware, and still believe in chivalry.
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Personally, I like the boots to hide that skinny, silly looking rod, .
Thats what she said!

Boots off in the front, and on in the rear. Actually because I was too excited to 1) instal them on the front and 2) rip them off the rear.
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Thats what i did. kept the rubber boots off the front and left the hard boots on in the rear.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:32 AM   #16
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Well in Ca we have a pretty mellow climate. I heard we are getting an El nino year this year so that could change. I think I will leave the fronts off and leave the hard plastic rears on for now.

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