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#1 Jordie

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 08:27 AM

Hey.

I just fitted disc brakes, but the silver clips which hold the boot on dont seem big enough. I heard you can get ones with like screws on, a bigger clip. Anyone got some or know where i can get them?

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 08:47 PM

I've never heard of ones with screw on clips. The band type usually are installed with a special pliers-type tool that tensions and bends the strap.

The traditional DIY method of securing boots is to get some soft iron wire (about 1/16" [1.5mm] in diameter), loop this around the boot/shaft and twist the ends together. Trim the twisted ends to be about 5/16" [8mm] long and fold back (opposite the direction of wheel rotation).

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Posted 20 January 2005 - 08:49 PM

Was my friend who told me there are 2 types, so i'll have to check. The metal circle things i have, might go on at a push.

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 05:14 PM

would it be ok to use a tie wrap/zip tie/clicky tie (whatever you want to call it) on your outer CV boots and steering rack gaiters?

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 05:25 PM

Minis85, I wouldn't use the tie wrap's on your driveshafts, I would just get some of the universal metal straps from any major auto shop. You do need the tool, but you might be able to get that from a local garage.

Not ideal but I don't see large problems when used on steering rack gaiters. Still it all depends on the quality of the tie wrap. Some last forever but some break easily.

In all I would just spend the few pennies extra and get the metal straps.

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 06:10 PM

Strong cable ties are ok, use them without hitch, just make sure they do not foul the hub when rotating or they will be stripped off... on the inners, use the all the time as the metal ones are a complete arse if your forever putting engines in and out.... also a good tip when putting on your outer cv's is at the small end insert a small piece of tube ( like that you get on a wd40 tin ) about an inch in length... This allows air the air to flow freely when the gaitor is compressed and expanded.

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Posted 22 January 2005 - 02:56 AM

My outer joints have the soft iron wire on them. The new boots I installed came with cable ties which fouled the hub as GuessWorks suggested. The cable ties are certainly OK on the inboard joints and anywhere they won't hit anything. The type of tie that I have found works best have a little metal tang that secures the strap into the business end of the tie. Cheap, readily available ones, are usually all nylon (including the locking tang)... these don't work well at all.




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