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Old 09-30-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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I just installed my whiteline roll center kit on my 2012 wrx. Everything went well besides one careless mistake I made . Long story short i made a tear in the boot of my new whiteline ball joint. Can anyone enlighten me on the negative effects of this? Im hoping at most I just maybe shortened the life span of the joint. Also is it normal for the alignment to be significantly off after installation? I made sure to line up my tie rod ends as close to the old ones as possible. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:24 PM   #2
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Those are rebuildable so you can buy a new boot kit from whiteline. Yes your alignment will be off since you're messing with toe. With the boot torn, dirt will get in over time and also the lubrication will dry out. I would replace that boot first, then get an alignment after.
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Old 09-30-2016, 09:35 PM   #3
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Those are rebuildable so you can buy a new boot kit from whiteline. Yes your alignment will be off since you're messing with toe. With the boot torn, dirt will get in over time and also the lubrication will dry out. I would replace that boot first, then get an alignment after.
Great! I will look into getting a new boot for that ball joint. I may have to put it off for a couple months.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:36 PM   #4
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It appears that the whiteline ball joint had no grease in it. Is this normal to come like that?
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:45 PM   #5
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Hmm I have never opened a whiteline joint to replace the boot before, but there should be grease. Is it teflon coated instead or something?

Hopefully someone with experience dissecting a whiteline ball joint can chime in.
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:49 PM   #6
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When I checked it, there was no visible grease squeezing out like many other boots or the factory ones. I couldn't tell if there was a coating, hopefully someone can clear this up.
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