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Old 07-17-2020, 04:50 AM
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I'm replacing the rotors on the K2500 and am looking at other maintenance items while I'm in that far. I'm not having any issues with the hubs or CV axles, but - as I say - I'm in that far anyway. The CV boots aren't torn or wearing, but they're 27 years old. So I thought about replacing them. Problem is that it seems that Dorman is the only option - not a MFG I typically trust. Looks like Moog has "pending obsolescence" on the 8-lug boots.


Looking around elsewhere is the same story - out of stock. I haven't explored the full depths of the internet to find if anyone has a few still in stock, but all the "usual suspects" are out.


Any input on replacing the boots? Just clean what's there and keep going? Other recommended options for the boots? Replace the hubs? Replace the CV axles?



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If your originals aren't cracked or damaged, an aftermarket replacement is no guarantee they will last as long as the originals would have. I've replaced a few, only to have the joints fail shortly after. The key is to keep them clean and free of anything that attracts dust/dirt/abrasives or any chemicals that attack the material to help them survive. The majority of the time, it's better to just leave them alone, keep them clean, and replace the shafts when the boots fail.
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Thanks, Dmax. That's the direction I was leaning in.
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I would add that I was told that aside from some sort of road debris damage, the boots should last the life of the joint... meaning, replace the CV assembly if/when it needs it - boot and all.
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These folks offer a great alternative ....


http://www.rockfordcv.com/rcvboot.htm
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