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shocks, to boot or not to boot

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 78Suburban, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. 78Suburban

    78Suburban 1/2 ton status

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    I know I've heard on here that shock boots hold mud and water, but would it really be ok to run a mud bogging truck with no shock boots? if the rod gets tons of thick mud caked on it, is it really a tight enough fit to not pull any mud down into the shock? I'm almost wondering if I should run boots, and maybe hose them out every so often?

    thanks,
    James
     
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    i run boots with zip ties. not much if any mud gets in there now, and i mostly mud
     
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  4. goldwing2000

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    I took off a set with boots and zip ties and they were completely rotted out from retaining crap inside them.

    Yes, the shock seals will keep out mud and water. If they can keep in a gas charge, they can keep out solids and liquids. The boots are more for protection from rocks and things that will damage the surface of the rods. Damaged rods = damaged seals = leaking gas and fluid.

    If you want to run boots, run them so they're completely open at the bottom. That way any crap that gets in can come back out. All boots have vent holes to relieve suction, so crap will always get in.
     
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    I let the dogs have them, they enjoy playing tug of war with them. I've got a pic around here somewhere...

    I couldn't think of a better use for them. We get in the mud, but tend to get into some soupy stuff and will be submerged for a while. It's impossible for me to keep the mud out, zip ties or not.

    And James, I can tell you that your particular shock boots do NOT extend and compress to the same lengths as your shock, so even it'd be pretty hard to keep them zip tied on. Either that or they'd tear when you fully extend. Plus they'd be trying to act like a bump stop when you're mostly compressed. Play with them a bit, you'll see what I mean.
     
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    The only boots I know are the ones you knock. ;)
     
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    no shock boots for me, they break easy and were holding rocks
     
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    the boots i have are "aftermarket" haha. they are more than long enough for the shock to fully extend, i guess thats how mine work out so good
     
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    Me too.
     
  10. 78Suburban

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    Where did you get them?

    thanks,
    James
     
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    well they arent really "aftermarket" but i bought them separately from the shocks. i believe i bought them from www.rockymountainsusp.com they have got some pretty good stuff on there. i think they might have been the superlift boots, but im not sure. ill check and see if there is a name on the boots
     
  12. 78Suburban

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    Yeah, if I can find some longer shock boots like that, It would be nice.. I would just feel more comfortable from keeping the shocks covered in mud.. I can open the boot and clean it pretty often. How much travel are your shocks? got any pics with the boots on?

    thanks,
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    my rear shocks are 16" travel i believe (20-36"). they are procomp shocks. ill try to get some pics.
     
  14. muddybuddy

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    i jus found some older pics of the truck flexing, i duno how well you can see the shocks tho. hope it helps some

    DSCN0836.JPG

    DSCN0838.JPG
     
  15. MTBLAZER89

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    They really have no function except looks. It really would become a PITA to remove your boots and clean them out after wheeling in the mud/water. If you don't remove them it will rust/pit the shaft then the seals leak. Ask me how I know:crazy: I think they look better without anyway:D
     
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    Dont put them on, more trouble than they are worth, the seal doesnt need the boot to keep crap out, it does just fine by itself. If you do put them on do like the others have said leave it loose on the bottom so the crap can get out...
     

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