Dismiss Notice

Welcome To CK5!

Registering is free and easy! Hope to see you on the forums soon.

Score a FREE t-shirt and membership sticker when you sign up for a Premium Membership and choose the recurring plan.

why do people use shocks without boots?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Impex, May 31, 2000.

  1. Impex

    Impex 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    469
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ
    i have noticed that many trucks that i have seen on the internet do not have boots on their shocks? can someone explain why this would be a good thing? wouldent you get tons of crap inside the shock?
     
  2. Kodiak

    Kodiak 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2000
    Posts:
    178
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Kodiak Island, Alaska (the emerald isle)
    Often times the boot will hold all the mud and crap your driving thru which can be worse than not having the boot.
     
  3. K5Junkie

    K5Junkie 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2000
    Posts:
    499
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Gulfport, MS
    I choose not to run boots on my shocks b/c in my past experiences all the crap seems to get under the boot and sits there and gets in the shock anyway. I may be the only one that ever had this problem but that is why chose this time not to run shock boots and plus i like the way it looks too.
     
  4. BLzr4x4ngkid

    BLzr4x4ngkid 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2000
    Posts:
    703
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wichita, KS
    Can vouch for the stuff getting in the shock boots. I noticed that yesterday when I was wheeling. When my Jimmy was sitting there, stuck, I was messing with the boot and heard sloshing and realized there was crap in the boot. I lifted it up and when I got home and cleaned it.

    Alex
    Wichita, KS
    [​IMG]What me get stuck? NEVER!!(Famous last words)[​IMG]
     
  5. 6.2Blazer

    6.2Blazer 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Posts:
    4,675
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Ohio
    It seems as if all the boot does it hold mud and water in it. No, you shouldn't actually get stuff inside the shock. The piston moves in and out of the shock body through a seal and does not rely on the shock boot at all.
     
  6. Blazer1970

    Blazer1970 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    1,600
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Old Mission, MI
    Not to mention that they look like something that belongs on a clown car. Just couldn't bring myself to put those things on my Blazer.

    Tim

    1970 Blazer CST 4X4 350 SM465 NP205
    1987 Suburban 4X4 350
    1988 Chevy Pickup 4X4 350
     
  7. Burt4x4

    Burt4x4 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    6,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    California (Modesto area)
    I don't use them eather. I too think they are useless and ugly!! Sence they do the opposite and hold water and mud onto the shock seal I bet they even destroy the shocks seal sooner!!??

    Rock ON![​IMG] 72 K5 [​IMG] Led Zeppelin
     
  8. BurbinOR

    BurbinOR 3/4 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    5,829
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Oregon
    Well said, guys..........plus the darn things discolor and after a while they look like crap.........

    ACE the shock boots..........!!

    '79 - 406 w/IROC TPI - K5#5 - a <font color=orange>sickness[​IMG] <font color=blue>you never get enough of!! [​IMG]
     
  9. White Knight

    White Knight 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2000
    Posts:
    889
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Ft Worth,Texas
    Hey I like my shocks nakit too! Found out early on that its easier to clean without them pesky boots, that and being from Texas and all......."<font color=red> boots is made for feet not Shocks</font color=red>"[​IMG][​IMG]

    <font color=blue>White Knight</font color=blue>[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. Eagle86K5

    Eagle86K5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2000
    Posts:
    974
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Whitehouse, Ohio
    To impress the ladies with the nakedness......[​IMG]

    <font color=green>[​IMG]Eagle86K5[​IMG]<font color=red>
    Masonry...It's a Good Thing
    2B1ASK1
     
  11. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    May 11, 2000
    Posts:
    2,290
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Tucson Az
    Did someone mention nekkid ladies or is my mind misbehaving again? Or IS it misbehavin'! Hey, does it matter what position a shock is in on the truck? Is it possible to install one UPSIDEDOWN? I've always just put them in with the cartridge side down. Lemme know!

    creepin and crawlin
    jim
     
  12. jarheadk5

    jarheadk5 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2000
    Posts:
    4,389
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PA
    I think it depends on the shock. Some specifically state how they need to be oriented.

    [​IMG] Semper Maintenance!
     
  13. Brady

    Brady 1/2 ton status

    Joined:
    May 6, 2000
    Posts:
    628
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Parachute,Co
    2 words NO THANKS!Brady
     

Share This Page