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PostSubject: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:50 am

Just finished a Total Chaos long travel install (LCAs, UCAs, axles, yanked sway bar, added limit straps - basically a bunch of work) and noticed yesterday I had a brand spanking new leaking CV boot. The cut is very short, probably less than half an inch, and not much grease was coming out. It was probably damaged in shipping but I'm taking responsibility since I didn't check everything close enough when I unpacked the parts.

I have a OEM CV boot kit on order but I'm going wheeling at URE Friday and Saturday so I need a quick fix and I don't feel like pulling out the entire axle and installing my spare, so here is what I did...


  • Cleaned the cut well with a sorta clean shop rag and a little brake clean.


  • Roughed up the torn area of the CV boot a bit with some fine grain sandpaper to give the rubber some tooth.


  • Took some black FIPG (form in place gasket - the oil resistant kind) and smeared it over the cut, making sure to push just a bit down into the cut and overlap a little on the left and right edges in the hope the FIPG would bind well to the CV boot.


  • Let it cure overnight.
  • Checked it in the morning (this morning) and all seemed well.
  • Cleaned up the little bit of slung oil so I can check for leaks after a test drive.
  • Drove about 20 minutes this morning and no leaks. WOOOOOT!
  • Put another layer of black FIPG on after the test drive this morning to try and make sure the leak stays sealed.
I'll keep y'all posted.
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:22 pm

Nice "trail fix" idea! Make sure you let us know how it goes...

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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:24 pm

David B wrote:
Nice "trail fix" idea! Make sure you let us know how it goes...

I checked it midday today and it was holding well. I'll let y'all know how it goes after I wail on it a bit at URE.
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:42 pm

Throw some duct tape on it too for good measure! Black preferably Very Happy If nothing else, it'll hold the FIPG in place so it's less likely to fly off while you're romping madly on the fun pedal at URE!
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:59 pm

Speedrye wrote:
Throw some duct tape on it too for good measure! Black preferably Very Happy If nothing else, it'll hold the FIPG in place so it's less likely to fly off while you're romping madly on the fun pedal at URE!

I thought about putting a small piece of Gorilla Tape over the FIPG but I wanted to see if the FIPG would work by itself first. I'm wheeling with a bunch of Rovers this weekend (URE 9, Southeast Overland is a sponsor) so last thing I want is to show up with a brand new tricked out suspension held together by duct tape! Shocked

If the FIPG fails I'll use some more FIPG, let it get a little tacky, and then put a piece of Gorilla Tape over it. If that doesn't work I'll repeat with the FIPG, duct tape, and then put one of Southeast Overland's replacement CV bands on to apply a bit more pressure. All I gotta do is wheel and then get home without leaking all the grease out. I'm going to pull the axle and replace with a new trail spare, then replace the torn boot with a replacement boot. There is ALWAYS work to be done! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:16 pm

I was kidding anyway, but seriously, I'll bet a tire patch would work well there, with or without FIPG. Specifically designed to bond with rubber Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:25 pm

Speedrye wrote:
I was kidding anyway, but seriously, I'll bet a tire patch would work well there, with or without FIPG. Specifically designed to bond with rubber Very Happy

LOL - I was being serious! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: solid   Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:38 pm

Looks like a solid fix. I saw that my right front had a gash in it before richland a few weeks ago. I cleaned it thorourghly, and I sealed it shut with super glue. Now 5 weeks later, and it is still holding tight. I'm sure the gasket maker is wayyyy more flexible, and will do great.
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PostSubject: Re: Torn CV boot - an attempt at an easy fix   Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:13 am

Wheeled at URE and the fix held up great.
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PostSubject: fixit   Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:16 pm

Nice probably a little better than the supa glue
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