Guides Replacing Front Shock Absorber Boot

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  1. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Replacing Front Shock Absorber Boot

    It's not the nicest of jobs. And if you have never had a shocker apart I would not recommend this as a DIY. Some jobs need to be done properly by a mechanic and this is one of them.

    Hopefully this will give you an insight into what is wrong if you are told the boots are split and what is involved in replacing them.
     
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  2. SpeedyGee Administrator Staff Team

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    Nice write up @Beefy

    Very good point about not doing this as a DIY task. I wouldn't touch a shock without a proper commercial spring compressor.
     
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  3. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Your teeth are more valuable that that rubber accordian. :Wink: :beaten:
     
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  4. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    They don't feel like rubber the new type? It's quite a hard material, almost like a plastic. Old type is defiantly rubber.
     
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  5. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    They new revised ones are made of Neoprene Polychloroprene a synthetic man made rubber. It will not perish.
     
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  6. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Yeah..... That's what I meant.
     
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  7. roelfarm Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Are these Honda only parts or OEM
     
  8. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    But can you say Neoprene Polychloroprene ... quickly? :Icecream:
     
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  9. nsxer Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Is thiS still an issue on later 3rd Generation models?
    Is there any particular mileage this starts to happen?

    Thanks for write up btw :Smile:
     
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    Or after a few sherbets on a Friday night :happycrying:
     
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  11. Nels Moderator Staff Team

    Unless you're tea total...:Tea::Whistle:
     
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  12. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    @Beefy, any chance you can re-add the images to the guide? A small staff slip-up sent them missing and it was before the evening backup.
     
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  14. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    When I get 5 I'll nip back on photo bucket.
     
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  15. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Thanks bud :Smile:
     
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  16. smcnei Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Seems like you know your Honda.s pal and appreciate all the info you supply. I was involved in preventive maintenance all my working life and old habits die hard! So with regards to recurring problems I read on this site with front shock absorber boots,is there a product available--spray form---that can be used on these boots to stop them drying up and splitting? Prevention better than cure--and cheaper:Aghast:.
     
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  17. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    @smcnei its a very good idea but ime not aware of a product that would do the job successfully. I suppose any product designed to renovate rubber and keep it supple could help and be worth a try but you have got to act before they start to split.
     
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  18. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Mate no amount of spray or preventative maintenance can fix a product which has a flaw and which will fail as it was not built to exacting standards. Sometimes you can't fix the inevitable.
     
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  19. Wizard Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Would it be wise to remove the old boot until I get it sorted if it's just a load of rubber rings like mine is?

    If I removed my shocks and did this repair, do you need to get the geometry realigned afterwards?
     
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  20. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    @Wizard you can cut the rings which will save them getting stuck in the shocker piston. in theory the geometry could be affected but shouldn't to the point that it becomes out of spec. there isn't very much play in the shocker bolts to create a difference in geometry.
     
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