License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
i thought their sole purpose was to keep dirt out of the shock?
Thats what I thought. The top of mine are fairly loose around the lip and I can't seem to keep the bottoms zip tied to the body of the shock. Thats why I was wondering if they were even needed. I assume this goes for the front stabilizer also.
I also think its a good idea to go without the boots. Like jerry bransford said, there is a seal in there to keep out the junk. Plus I also think it looks a lot better without the boot myself. But that's just an opinion.