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Old 12-09-2002, 01:00 PM   #1
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Question any idea on how to keep from tearing FWD axle boots?

like the title says...i've replaced both of them in the last year, had my car up on the lift saturday, noticed quite a bit of black goo on things as i was rooting around the o2 sensor wiring earlier, and sho' nuff, the drivers side boot was torn AGAIN... only a small hole, but still...

anyone have any idea what i can do to stop the car from eating these like candy, or why? yes, i'm sure putting as much power to the wheels as the car put to the crank stock isn't helping matters much, but could having lowered suspension make them more prone to tear because of the angle they're at? nothing radical, maybe 1.5" lower, tops...

any ideas?

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Old 12-09-2002, 01:55 PM   #2
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Find the rubber bands that a real subaru part uses on each of the creases and use them on the boot. They keep the "apex" of the bend from flexing too much and tearing.
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Old 12-09-2002, 07:34 PM   #3
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When I got my car in Jan '01, the axle boots were either torn or needed to be replaced soon. I finally got around to having them replaced this past April (?). I had black gunk around the surrounding areas also.
The car was stock when I got it, maybe our cars are just prone to this. When it stops raining here, I'll check my boots to see how they're holding up.
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Old 12-10-2002, 08:23 AM   #4
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Are you using Subaru OEM boots, or just aftermarket jobbers.

As ciper mentioned the rubber bands do help, plus the OEM boots are thicker/tougher rubber.
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Old 12-10-2002, 08:24 AM   #5
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nope, they're the subaru OEM boots...
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Old 12-10-2002, 12:52 PM   #6
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? never torn a boot on my FWD Impreza rally car...

weird that you guys are having issues with this.
are you running the stock 1/2 shafts?

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Old 12-10-2002, 02:50 PM   #7
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ah, i just thought of PM'ing you to see what you were running on the rally car, but you beat me to it...

yep, it's the stock halfshafts and the OEM boots...it's managed to tear through 3 of 'em now in less than a year and a half, on both sides.

i couldn't tell this one went until i had the car up on a lift to install my new headers and noticed the hole as i was inspecting the bunchy areas of the boot...usually i get some kind of warning, because i get the lovely aroma of grease burning on the cat section, but not this time.

the other 2 that were replaced i let the dealer handle, since it's one of those items i didn't want to wait around for having time to replace myself, and risk having the cv joint ground to death by dirt. i'll do this one myself this time, and see what happens...

any idea if there's like a big solid metal shielded rally axle that doesn't have boots that tear?
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Old 12-10-2002, 06:38 PM   #8
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no idea...
i run the OEM stock 1/2 shafts and boots...

so odd! never, ever have i had a problem...?

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Old 12-10-2002, 07:26 PM   #9
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For those of you who have the problem, is your car stock height or lowered? For those who do not same question.

Maybe the tearing depends on angle of the shaft?
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Old 12-10-2002, 09:00 PM   #10
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For those of you who have the problem, is your car stock height or lowered? For those who do not same question.

Maybe the tearing depends on angle of the shaft?
i dunno, the first 2 were torn at stock ride height, and were REALLY bad as far as the severity of the tear goes.

this is the first one i've torn with the newer suspension on (H&R's/KYB's), and it's *maybe* 1.5" lower...and the tear is a small hole, rather than a huge gash. if i were on the stock struts that get murdered by the H&R's, maybe i could see that being a more of an issue...
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Old 12-11-2002, 09:48 AM   #11
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I have found that OEM boots are too soft. They are made of rubber, which is not especially tough. I replaced CV boots on my 1994 Impreza with ACEI boots from ips-parts.com and found these to be seemingly much more durable than OEM boots. Also, you may want to consider a specialty product designed specifically to take care of this problem. For example, Duraboot brand: http://www.staugustinefwd.com/Diagno...ots/boots.html
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