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Old 05-24-2010, 12:09 AM   #1
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Shock Boots?

So do you have shock boots on your shocks or not? and what is your reasoning behind having them or not having them?

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Nope, reason they hold water,dirt,sand,mud, etc. Causes rust and premature shock failure.

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^^^^ As stated..Nope.
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On the plus side, you can get them in hot pink.
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I have boots on my Superlift shocks, but my Jeep doesn't see many mud holes. I like to trail ride. They keep debris out, but it's a good idea to lift the bottom up now and again and check them.
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On the plus side, you can get them in hot pink.
i have shock boots and yes they are hot pink . i have them on my tj and my cj and have no problem with the shocks.
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Old 05-24-2010, 11:52 AM   #7
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On the plus side, you can get them in hot pink.
Does anyone make them in green, though? I will be getting new shocks next month and I think green ones (to match the Jeep) would be pretty cool. Red (the color boot that comes with the shocks I will be getting) looks odd on a Jeep where everything else is green or black.
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I have boots on my Superlift shocks, but my Jeep doesn't see many mud holes. I like to trail ride. They keep debris out, but it's a good idea to lift the bottom up now and again and check them.
They only keep the big stuff out that wouldn't harm the shock seals, they do allow the fine grit in that can harm the seals. And with a shock boot, that grit won't be washed away by the car wash, hosing the shocks off, wet steets from rain, etc. which can help rinse the grit away from the seal.

Boots serve no functional purpose, at least not in reality, they are only there for show.
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I'm sporting OEM replacement shocks on my TJ. Yup, that's right, a P.O. apparently took it to the DLR for its work to be done ....oh well. They'll work until I get an ever so slight lift.
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I'm sporting OEM replacement shocks on my TJ. Yup, that's right, a P.O. apparently took it to the DLR for its work to be done ....oh well. They'll work until I get an ever so slight lift.
Too many acronyms!
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Agree to disagree I suppose.
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no way, i hate them.

boots were accidentally installed on my black wrangler because back then i didn't know any better , i took them off just last year. they were completely full of water and mud, the kicker is, i hadn't been wheeling for about 2 months before that. they held water tight, all that crap inside for months.

they are the worst idea ever.
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I must say that I agree. Boots cause more problems than they are worth. No boots for me.
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Sounds like im taking my boots off tomorrow
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no boots, same reasons
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Shock boots have gone the way of the Dodo and tube bumpers. And mullets.
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Rod up or down? I guess I'm leaving the boots off now.
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All my Rancho 9000s are up, but some shocks I hear are picky about this.
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Jolly,

Depend's on your age.....or your blue diamond supply....hmm some how I think i managed to get off topic....
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Shock boots have gone the way of the Dodo and tube bumpers. And mullets.
They're not quite extinct yet. Some day... Some day...
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wow, just installed my lift last week and put the boots on because i felt they were needed to keep shit out and keep the seals and all safe.

they are SUPER tight on the shock, never thought water would get through. I guess ill be removing mine now.

anyone have any tips on keeping everything in top shape or maintanance when finishing off road? just hose them down?
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Yep just hose them down and call it good.
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My new KYB shocks have metal shrouds.... Maybe they protect the chromed hardened rods from getting dings from rocks and then messing up the seals? I guess they at least don't hold water....

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