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Old 05-30-2008, 03:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

I just got my car back from getting a state inspection and found out it needs 2 new CV boots. I'm not sure if they're inner or outer boots. The shop wants close to $1k to fix it so I figured I'd do it myself. After a bit of searching the forums, I came to the conclusion that it would be better to just replace the whole CV axle than just the boot.

Anyway, back to the point. I came across this boot kit by Doorman that claims to be able to install without removing the axle. It's a split-boot design which you more or less glue or "chemically bond" together after installation.
PartsAmerica.com Part#614632

I'm guessing it's crap but I thought I'd see what you guys think. Anyone tried it or one like it? If it's really quick to install and lasts a reasonable amount of time, it might be worth it...
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

that link doesn't work.

i know that you can buy brand new re manufactured axles with boots for around $90 + an hr worth of labor each side. $1k is just ridiculous
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

Sorry about that. The PartsAmerica website is a little weird...
Try this link instead: Item Details
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

I got an OEM style boot at advanced or Autozone IIRC. pretty straight forward install as well.
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

Rockauto.com has split boot kits starting at around $11. That's what I used to get my '91 R/T through inspection, although I am not a fan of that method.

That was the passenger side, and was about a year and a half ago...and it is still holding up just fine. Last night I discovered (two weeks before I'm supposed to leave for NG, of course) the driver's side boot is ripped and the seals completely blown out...grease everywhere. Good thing I put her up on the lift for a pre-roadtrip inspection!

If the seals are blown (you'll know because there will be grease everywhere) then don't just get the split boot kit, you need to go ahead and buy the half shafts.

I ordered a remanufactured half shaft from NAPA just this morning, in fact. It was for a '91 R/T, nonturbo, but the one for the turbo model won't be much more than that.

Cost me about $54 + a $39 core charge. Big deal, I will carry the old one in there and just pay the $54.

But $1000 to replace it? Go somewhere else, that is RIDICULOUS.
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

Considering I can change an axle in under 30 minutes, yes $1000 is ridiculous.
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Sorry about that. The PartsAmerica website is a little weird...
Try this link instead: Item Details
Once again your link doesn't work. Try logging out of their website before posting links.
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Rockauto.com has split boot kits starting at around $11. That's what I used to get my '91 R/T through inspection, although I am not a fan of that method.

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can you post a link, I can't seem to find it and my axle boot is torn. Is it a universal design cause I don't drive a 300gt anymore(used to) . I now have a 2005 SRT-4. Thanks in advance.
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Default Re: Doorman CV Joint Boot Kit "Quick-Boot". Any good?

If your boot has been torn for any length of time you really should just replace the whole cv shaft. If grease is coming out, dirt and water is getting in.....These are bad for the joints. If your just selling the car tomorrow id say ok but if you plan on having the car longer than that just replace the cv shaft. Like someone said before, the shafts are cheap...80-90 + 2 hours or 45 minutes depending on your skills. Its really not hard.

Remove axle nut (30 or 32? mm nut)
Disconnect lower balljoint.
Pry down lower control arm and pull knuckle outward
Might have to whack the axle thru the hub. Use block of wood
Push outer joint away from knuckle.
Pry inner joint out of trans/half shaft

With a lift and airtools this can be done on 20 minutes. O



The dealer want a grand probably because they want to use the mitsu part that most likely over 700.
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If your boot has been torn for any length of time you really should just replace the whole cv shaft. If grease is coming out, dirt and water is getting in.....These are bad for the joints. If your just selling the car tomorrow id say ok but if you plan on having the car longer than that just replace the cv shaft. Like someone said before, the shafts are cheap...80-90 + 2 hours or 45 minutes depending on your skills. Its really not hard.

Remove axle nut (30 or 32? mm nut)
Disconnect lower balljoint.
Pry down lower control arm and pull knuckle outward
Might have to whack the axle thru the hub. Use block of wood
Push outer joint away from knuckle.
Pry inner joint out of trans/half shaft

With a lift and airtools this can be done on 20 minutes. O



The dealer want a grand probably because they want to use the mitsu part that most likely over 700.

Hey dude if you know how to do it I could use the help PLEASE if you are willing to help out haha free beer and food lol!! I just ordered two axles as mine ripped and I am going to replace them asap. Funny thing is the guy who I purchased the car from only went to the Stealership and only 30K miles ago they replaced the drivers axle and it ripped before the old 16 year old axle did haha as**oles. The original passenger axle that came on the car ripped 2 weeks ago I purchased the car with the drivers axle already ripped. I did see a receipt that they charged him 800$ to do the job I oculdnt believe it this guy did all the work there and I have papers that add up to about 10,000$ just looking at a few lol.
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