I just installed my new lift from Rusty's Offroad on Monday. I got the 2" basic lift (coils and shocks) but it did not come with any shock boots. I'm pretty new to offroading, so I wasn't aware that a lot of companies don't include the boots with a basic kit. I ended up just installing without the boots, and I'm very happy with the end result. IMO, it looks just fine without the boots, so it comes down to a question of functionality and protection rather than aesthetics. I live in Galveston and drive through Houston quite a bit, so I'm dealing with a heavy oxidation factor with the air and some of the worst freeways I've ever driven on. My rig is basically just a good looking mall crawler for now since it's my dd with quite a few payments left on it. I've heard various opinions about shock boots-they are essential-or they do more harm than good. Just want to get your opinions, especially if you live in a warm coastal environment.