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jk'n 09-18-2011 03:18 AM

Excellent shifter boot repair results
Star Brite Liquid Tape is my new friend.

I had my tranny/transfer case down for clutch replacement and because I'm anal about fixing things when they are apart, one of the things I focused in on was the inner shifter boot. There were a couple of issues. One was that it was torn in places especially the transmission side. The transfer case side had a small piece missing because a rodent ate it. The part that was eaten by a rodent I formed electrical tape on the under side of the boot and used the liquid tape to fill in the area that was eaten away forming a new surface. After several coats, it was hard to tell original surface from the new surface. I then removed the electrical tape from the underside and coated the area of the repair. I sealed all rips on both the top surface and bottom surface in the area of the rips. Today, I just reassembled the shifter boots both outer and inner and it functioned just awesome. You can't see the inner boot from above so the repair is not visible. But it is definitely functional.

The Star Brite liquid tape is a little more expensive than the stuff that they sell at The Home Depot but the two products are not the same. Star Brite creates a surface that acts like rubber and the one sold by The Home Depot creates a surface that seems more like plastic or vinyl. Both have their separate qualities and both are useful but if you want to repair a rubber boot, I highly recommend the Star Brite product.

jk'n 09-18-2011 03:23 AM

Oh yah, before I did the repair I scrubbed all of the oil and crud off of the boot using dish washing soap. That created a clean surface for the liquid tape to adhere to.

andygio71 09-18-2011 12:38 PM

i'll be taking your advice on this one, both of mine are ripped badly

jk'n 09-18-2011 12:56 PM

It doesn't look like new but it sure has new like function. And the inner boot is not visible, so who cares. I do like my things to look nice so I focus in on places that show to improve the looks. The places that don't show, I just want them to function. The inner boot is a good example of that.

On another note, even though the shifter riser sealing cap which is made out of rubber could have been a candidate for repair, I didn't try to repair that one. It doesn't show but that wasn't factored into my decision not to repair it. I replaced it. The reason was that the crud that the old one let in to the top of the transmission caused me to think that I wanted the assurance that a new one would provide so that there wouldn't be sand and grit from the road getting in there for a long time to come.

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