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Old 05-02-2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Shock boots on of off ?

I just ordered some Bilstein 5100 they are back ordered from the company. It will take mid June or July before they will be shipped. So the question is do you like to use the shock boot or no boot? Some people think using the boot will accumulate moisture on the shaft and rust? Or some say the boot protect the dust on the shaft?

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I would leave them off here in the Pacific Northwest. I personally ran bootless with my BDS shocks before I changed my suspension to OME and I did not experience any negative issues as a result .

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Most folks on here seem to recommend leaving them off for the reasons you listed. Haven't had any on my 00 for 4 years and the shocks are still fine. Didn't put any on my son's 97 when we sprung it. We live on a dirt road so ours get daily exposure to dirt, mud and water.
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Off. They don't actually protect anything and besides, they are so 80's. Not to mention how good they are at trapping dirt and sand so it can't be washed away which can cause premature seal failures.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:11 PM   #7
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Yes. And definitely don't put the white letters on your tires out, or install yellow KC covers. You do NOT want a Jeep fashion faux pas
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I just ordered some Bilstein 5100 they are back ordered from the company. It will take mid June or July before they will be shipped. So the question is do you like to use the shock boot or no boot? Some people think using the boot will accumulate moisture on the shaft and rust? Or some say the boot protect the dust on the shaft?
I followed others' advice and removed them from my 5100's when I installed them. It seems counter-intuitive given the lip edge at the top of the can, and I thought for sure I'd see an accumulation of debris up there as a result. So far no issues and I know to clean that area after heavy use or at least check for corrosion causing debris from time-to-time.

Also, 4wheel parts here in Portland ordered my 5100's from their California warehouse and had them to me in days, plus they price match. Did you try them at all?
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Off. Leaving them on can cause the shafts to rust
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Ran boots for 10 years on my old shocks and I didn't put any on my new shocks that I've been running for 2 years now. Neither had/have any rust or problems.
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If the shafts on your shock absorbers rust, boots or not, they have very poor quality plating.

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