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Old December 4th, 2015, 08:07 PM
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WTB: ball-joint rubber boot?

Does anyone know *if* (or where) one can source the "rubber boot" by itself for the ball joints? I seem to tear those damn things ALL the time, and apparently I didn't catch this one early enough so I need to rebuild the drop-arm joint (and ironically...already used the boot from this kit on a prior repair for a torn boot).

I'm *fairly* certain that the tie-rod ends rubber boot, and the steering ball-joint rubber boot are all the same.

Anyhow, if anyone has a part# or source for these "rubber boots" let me know...I'd like to load up on some, and salvage the ball-joint rebuild kit that I already have that is sans rubber boot.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:11 PM
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Brilliant! Anyone used these on the steering ball-joint or tie-rod ends so I don't have to recreate (reguess) the wheel?
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:13 PM
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Brilliant! Anyone used these on the steering ball-joint or tie-rod ends so I don't have to recreate (reguess) the wheel?
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I can probably go measure....
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We used the energy suspension ones on BMW's back in the 80's. Let me know if find a source for ones to cover defender tie rod ends. I haven't made an effort to find the right size.
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Checked the panhard rod joint. 17.5 mm pin, 37 mm base, 18 mm height installed. Can't see anything really close enough....

Couldn't spot a loose TRE to check.
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:35 PM
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We used the energy suspension ones on BMW's back in the 80's. Let me know if find a source for ones to cover defender tie rod ends. I haven't made an effort to find the right size.
I'm on it....

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Checked the panhard rod joint. 17.5 mm pin, 37 mm base, 18 mm height installed. Can't see anything really close enough....

Couldn't spot a loose TRE to check.
You mean the drag link end at the steering drop-arm balljoint?
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Old December 4th, 2015, 09:39 PM
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Yes. Meant to say pitman arm.
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Yes. Meant to say pitman arm.
Ok that's what I thought you meant....bummer, that means the search continues. I may reach out to Energy about making some up. Though that doesn't solve my short-term need for a boot.
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Sell the rebuild kit and buy the full drop arm. $89 bucks from RovahFarm.
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Sell the rebuild kit and buy the full drop arm. $89 bucks from RovahFarm.
*Sort of* agreed, but really it's not all that hard to rebuild the drop-arm (even without taking it off, though I know some will disagree). The REAL larger issue is that these boots CONSTANTLY get torn...so even with a rebuild, I guarantee I'll be dealing with another torn boot scenario in the near future.

That said, still really having a hell of a hard time finding replacement boots for the drop-arm or tie-rod ends.
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How are you tearing all these boots? I think that's the real issue!
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How are you tearing all these boots? I think that's the real issue!
Not driving like a p*ssy on pavement! Jeez....you've seen my 90, right? The 130 mall-cruiser has no boot issues I assure you.
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Not driving like a p*ssy on pavement! Jeez....you've seen my 90, right? The 130 mall-cruiser has no boot issues I assure you.
Brandon does not have boot issues.
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Brandon does not have boot issues.
I find that extremely hard to believe. Unless he just breaks enough shite that this stuff needs to be replaced before things get torn .

Huff, Galpin, and I have all had this exact conversation ongoing for years....I just finally decided to try to get motivated enough to find replacement boots after discovering - yet again - a completely torn drop-arm boot that unfortunately was caught too late and now has some play in the balljoint so I've got to replace it regardless. However, the "boot" from my spares kit was already pilfered by me previously to fix a prior tear .
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I don't drive like a pooosay and don't have boot issues. You're not buying the right boots
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I don't drive like a pooosay and don't have boot issues. You're not buying the right boots
Just to be clear, I wasn't calling you a p*ssy ...just making generalizations. That said, all it takes is one branch/etc to pop up and catch that boot and you've got an issue - but honestly no idea *what* actually ends up causing it, all I know is that there's a plethora of us that do suffer from this either on the drop-arm or tie-rod.
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Age of the rubber doesn't help either. I need a boot for A arm rebuild kit- new kit with shot boot...
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Not driving like a p*ssy on pavement!
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Nah, just very old kit I bought when visiting George like 12+ years ago... Of course, could have had things stacked on it too, never know?!

Like Jason said, hate to trash kit d/t rubber boot deterioration
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