The inevitable happened the 3rd time I had the Rubi out on the trails. Going up the right hand line of "Power Line" at Rausch Creek. After I came over the top and drove away I heard a consistent clacking noise as moved foward. Everything looked fine underneath until I saw the boot clamp dangling around on the shaft. looked and there was nice hunk of rubber boot hanging.
Im not totally sure which boot you are referring to maybe the axle boot? IDK. Anyways they say with shocks and anything else of that matter to not have a boot anyway. Atleast without one you can easily remove debris with a boot itll get trapped up in there. Causing wear on the seals and such
On the JK's front drive shaft there is a rubber grease boot on the front shaft that is problematic after a lift and flexing the suspension enough. When the suspension drops it rubs on a skid plate which 99% of the time cuts open the boot...or in some cases like mine, slices it clean in half, lol.
I ripped my front shaft boot last month or so. it's not leaking grease though, so it can take another hit. I can see where it hit on my auto's skid as well.
I'd pump your boot with grease and add a hose clamp until you can get a new DS and control arms. I'll be getting a front and rear eventually. hopefully they last till then. you got some time even if the boot is torn.
yeah, it's not a real urgent repair. the boot tears, then it takes time to spin out all the grease, then it's slow to wear out.
when it starts vibrating though, it's time to move. you don't want it to bust. they flip around all crazy and hit EVERYTHING. it'll mess up the trans skid, dent the trans, bang into the axle, all sorts of unpleasant things.
is the front driveshaft have the same ends on front and rear... has anyone tried flipping them around so that the boot is towards the axle side? instead of directly above the skid... just a thought. ill have to look at it to see but i know with ujoint style driveshafts (unless its a double cardian) you can just flip them.