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Old 12-27-2012, 12:19 PM
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I'm tearing into the car and noticed the boots on the front sway links are cracked. Is it possible to replace the boots and reuse the links?
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:29 PM
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Mine had cracks. I didn't find any way to replace the boots separately. I ended up changing the entire drop link on both sides. Only one side was cracked but I changed both for good measure.
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Old 12-27-2012, 12:40 PM
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quite possibly as i have seen a few different sizes on ebay
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_tr...at=0&_from=R40
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:09 PM
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Energy Suspension in CA. also has new boots in urethane. Have to check for correct size.
But if the links already have a lot of miles, it would make more sense to replace the lot.
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Energy suspension make just boots; they're compliant, so even if you can't wire them down a judicious choice of boot would allow the installation to keep them in place. Probably would be a good idea to remove/regrease once every couple years if you went that route.
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LOL.... great minds? (Check the post times)
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:25 PM
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I was looking at the website for the ES boots earlier. I'll have to do some measuring once I get home.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:24 AM
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This site is just great... I love repairing things rather than replacing...

On my wife's car we replaced boots for various suspension parts with industrial parts. Just a little cost in labor. If you lubricate the mechanical parts regularly and replace the boots I'm sure they can last quite a bit longer than they normally do. With this procedure no issues ob my wife's Saab. The dealer quoted 2300 USD for the job, most of wich was parts. I got parts for 50USD and paid 200 USD for labor. Done... Been running fine for 2 years now.

I live in a climate that "eats" rubber parts... Incl the boots... FYI: Tires last 2 years only due to UV light breaking them down to unsafe levels on my 964.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:00 AM
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I read from 911uk forum sometimes ago and someone seek the required dust boot successfully.
http://www.911uk.com/viewtopic.php?p=737131#737131



The following one seems identical sizes.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SMALL-DUST...item3a74c7daf3

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UNIVERSAL-...item2319227e6f
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power_up! (nice one!)
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:22 PM
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Now how do I get some of those Stateside?
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Vandit View Post
I was looking at the website for the ES boots earlier. I'll have to do some measuring once I get home.
Energy Suspension Polyurethane Ball Joint Dust Boots #13003.

=> http://www.energysuspensionparts.com...Dust-Boots.asp

I replaced all 4 boots in the front. It fits perfect, but you need to grind a nick for the rod.

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ˆˆ nice thanks - what's a rob? the thing that positions/anchors it?
Please excuse the lack of experience
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You can search till the cows come home but it is hard to find an exact replacement. I have an exact replacement set of 4 that I would sell. I replaced mine a few years ago. They are KOK TE1, Small inner dia 12mm, large outer dia26mm. I ordered them from Australia. When I ordered them, I ordered 2 sets. I still have the extra set in my Porsche bin. If you are really interestd I can take a few pic's of them for anybody interested.
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Originally Posted by HiWind View Post
łł nice thanks - what's a rob? the thing that positions/anchors it?
Please excuse the lack of experience
Sorry for the typo. It's "rod".

The height dimension (from top to bottom) of the boot is a little bit long. You need to trim or grind the red circle part of the boot. (See photo)
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