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      11-09-2018, 05:03 AM   #1
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Suspension rubber split - concern?

Hi folks,

While doing my rod bearings, I noticed that the rubber inside my suspension Spring on both side got torn and show the orange foam inside. Should I be concerned? If so, is there any easy way to fix this?

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      11-09-2018, 07:10 AM   #2
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You donít really even need the boot. The orange bump stop is a separate part that works the same with or without a boot.
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The boot just fell off of its mount. With age they lose some of their pliability. Your bump stops are deteriorated as well which won't perform as they're intended to.

To keep things tip-top you should change out the boots and bump stops. Doing so will help keep your struts happy. Bottoming them out will shorten their lifespan. The boot isn't technically "needed" for the suspension to operate, but it keeps debris off of the shaft which prolongs the life of the shaft seal. Parts would be less than $100 and only a couple hours of shop labor.
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The boot just fell off of its mount. With age they lose some of their pliability. Your bump stops are deteriorated as well which won't perform as they're intended to.

To keep things tip-top you should change out the boots and bump stops. Doing so will help keep your struts happy. Bottoming them out will shorten their lifespan. The boot isn't technically "needed" for the suspension to operate, but it keeps debris off of the shaft which prolongs the life of the shaft seal. Parts would be less than $100 and only a couple hours of shop labor.
Would it be a good time to install camber plates T the same time?
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Would it be a good time to install camber plates T the same time?
Absolutely.
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I can't remember if the boot is intergrated with the hard rubber ring around the foam or if it's a separate piece, but that part does change how the stop behaves. Like they say the bellows thingies are just there to keep splashing water etc. off the seal as much as possible. You can see from the fraying and pitting on the foam that yours are ready to be changed

And not only do the stops keep the struts happy, they're also about 50% of your spring in any spirited corner
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