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Old 05-01-2013, 05:53 AM   #1
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Shock Boots - yea or nay?

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.

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Personally I believe they are only for looks, they are a BAD idea if you play in the mud because they can get a small hole in them and keep mud inside causing the end of the shock to rust out(I have seen this happen more the once). The seals on the shocks will keep the shafts clean and scrubb off anything that could do it any damage.

The shafts are tough and I don't see why some people think they will rust or get huge dings in them if you don't cover them up.

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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You're never going to get the "right" answer. When I was shopping, I read a ton of threads. Half say no boots, half say run boots. Each have valid points.

I contacted Bilstein - they recommended boots, of course, as they put them on their 5100s

I contacted Fox - they recommended no boots, of course, as they do not run them.

I'd go with the manufacturer recommendation and not worry about it.
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