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post #1 of 15 Old 10-27-2016, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Why do my new Bilsteins look so wack?

I took everyone's advice and sprung for the Bilstein's. Great ride! I can see why people like them.

However, both the front boots are all whacked. Back boots look fine. Not that it matters, but still...





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post #2 of 15 Old 10-27-2016, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Well that was easy. Just slipped the ziptie down.



Too bad it won't compress evenly though.

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post #3 of 15 Old 10-27-2016, 02:21 PM
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Those boots do more harm than good IMO. Dirt and crappy water will get in and then just sit there ruining your new shocks.

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On the top pic, you need to slide the boot down farther on the shock tube. Or just get rid of them as suggested.
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Never had issues with shock boots. Why do you guys always have issues with them?

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not to derail the OP's thread any farther, but i also have questions about the shock boot hate. for those without boots, do the shafts get sandblasted being exposed?

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post #7 of 15 Old 10-27-2016, 08:34 PM
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Must be something to do with the environment the shocks (and boots) run in. I've never had a shock issue related to dirt, water, mud or whatever hurting my shocks. I have never had a boot on a shock, However, I have had a sock in a boot.

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not to derail the OP's thread any farther, but i also have questions about the shock boot hate. for those without boots, do the shafts get sandblasted being exposed?
Shock shafts are hard-chromed and extremely resilient to wear. The internal seals generally wear out long before the shock shaft is compromised, barring extreme circumstances.

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post #9 of 15 Old 10-28-2016, 08:44 AM
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If you are in water, mud, or wet salty snow a lot then the boots hold in a lot of crap.
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If you are in water, mud, or wet salty snow a lot then the boots hold in a lot of crap.
On motorcycle fork boots the seal is complete and not much crap enters. On shocks there are holes at the bottom of the boot that let in crap. Why? I don't know.
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On motorcycle fork boots the seal is complete and not much crap enters. On shocks there are holes at the bottom of the boot that let in crap. Why? I don't know.
They are supposed to let water out I guess.
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-28-2016, 12:41 PM
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They are supposed to let water out I guess.
Let the air out when it compresses. Or back in when it extends. Like an accordion. Otherwise going to be sucked flat or blown out.
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Let the air out when it compresses. Or back in when it extends. Like an accordion. Otherwise going to be sucked flat or blown out.
That makes more sense
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-28-2016, 02:04 PM
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Never had issues with shock boots. Why do you guys always have issues with them?
Moisture, road salt, mud, all other crap starts accumulating inside them causing corrosion and even wiper seal issues. Especially in winter when the shock boots get brittle and crack, snow and ice start to build up inside as well.


I've never had any issues on dirt bikes/ MX bikes, DH bikes, Jeeps nor any other apparatus that has shocks without shock boots. Shock shafts stay nice, clean & shiny. I prefer not having them, because:
* shock boots look fugly
* they serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever
* in my experience they do more harm than good

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In a salt free area. No boots on mine. Look new after 2 years

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