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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-16-2011, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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boot repair

can anybody change a boot or should i have ie done
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-16-2011, 10:10 PM
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What does your tool box look like? Do you do your own oil changes and do you have a pair of snap ring pliers? An inpact wrench makes the job much easier. If this sounds like French have it done. If you know what I am talking about you can do it yourself. If you decide to do it yourself let us know the boot your trying to replace and we can help with advise. good luck
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it is a pretty easy if it goes right, i would probably pay someone unless i was in the desert

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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-17-2011, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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thanks so much

it was pretty easy.I just grabbed the bull by the horns an did it myself. Well my wonderful wife did actually help. Ill be damned.
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post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 09:16 PM
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I am looking to replace the outer l/f boot on my 450 rhino. never have had to do this before any help would be appreciated, have it torn down hub off axel hanging down. need advice from there, have a new yamaha rep boot in hand.
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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 10:36 PM
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First thing is put on some laytex gloves. Second thing is put on a second layer of laytex gloves! Now your ready to tackle the job. Loosen the boot clamps and slide the boot up the axle,wipe the grease away from the front of the joint. You should see a wire ring in the cup. pry it out with a small screwdriver or pick. the outer half should slide off the joint. You will find a snap ring on the end of the axle. Remove the ring and the star will come off the axle. Remove the old boot ,clean up every thing and replace in reverse order. Pay attention to the cage and star and make sure they go back the same way they came out. They will bind if you put it together backwards. You can also search cv joint install on You Tube for pictures and instructions. Good luck!!
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 10:45 PM
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I have wiped all the grease off but cant find the wire ring. that looks like the one in the package. I will look again and i dont mind getting greasy worked on the farm all my life . Thanks for the information.
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post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-24-2011, 12:19 AM
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I hope I didn't miss lead you. I just replaced the rear and I thought the front would be the same. sorry.
I had a brain fart, I was telling you how to do an inter cv joint ,you must be working on the outer. The outer has a compression clip on the end of the axle. You have to pop the cup away from the axle. Try a large deadblow hammer. try to hold the axle from popping out of the front diff. If the whole axle comes out of the diff you will just loose alittle fliud. change out the boot and dont forget to slide on the new clamps. take off the old spring clip on the end of the alxe and use the new one that came with the boot. aline the splines on the axle and the cv and tap it back on. If you want to take the cv apart and inspect or clean it you just twist the center star all the way to one side and a ball will come out the other side. keep rotating the star untill all the balls come out. Now the star and cage will come out together.

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-24-2011, 12:21 PM
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Thanks, I'll give it a try. Never been into something like this before,but i like to do my own repairs when possible
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post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-26-2011, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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I never took axle apart. My instructions told me to spray pledge on boot an i just pulled new boot over hub.At first i thought there was no way in @*&^ it would go but it did.Just make sure its goin in right direction.In my info they show atool that will stretch it but we just muscled it on.After you get it over hub fill with grease, put new clamps on,an reassemble.
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