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Hi everyone and Happy new Year
Sadly I need to replace the rear shock absorber boot/dust covers as they are disintigrating into nothing!! Which is a shame as the shocks are ok but I think this is a MOT failure,
so needs to be done even if its just to keep the road crap out.
I am hoping I can just undo the bottom of the shockers from their mountings and replace the covers.
Has anyone done this? and can you get replacement boots? They are the self leveling ones see photo, Any advise would be welcome many thanks
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Don't know what model of car this is but based upon your photo, I'm guessing that if you undo the bottom nut/bolt and can swing the shock clear, you will not be able to get the rubber boot over the end without tearing it. But what do I know?
Glad to know I'm not the only dumb so and so on here lol!!
 

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The mk3 self levelling shocks are stupidly expensive! My Ghia X is fitted with them too and the bellows are also breaking up. If you find a solution, please post it here!
Will do, I should have said in my post ghia X estate to inform everyone who doesn't know me doh!! Yes pardon the pun Shockingly Expensive!! someone is advertising a second hand one on fleabay for £200 with a knackered boot as well!! cheek!!
 

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Flexible Superglue sticks well with rubber i've used it when i placed new ball joint boots ontop of the old split ones as its best not to remove them,the idea comes from using the split type CV bellows and glueing together rather than dismantling whole drive shaft.
Try the wide bellows split them and glue the overlap rather than side to side, cheaper than scary price of new shocks.
I have been thinking about doing that too similar to the video above. I have fitted a split type cv joint in the past works ok but prefer fitting a whole one. The other type of split cv is the ones fitted to VW beetles I know they won't fit here sadly. I am going to look at the universal ones again.
 

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I am going to measure the gators tomorrow unless someone already knows the dimensions and can post them on here. Another alternative I did read about is that if you change the self leveling shockers over to standard ones on the estates you also have to change the springs. Not sure which springs or if it would be cost effective in the future maybe someone on here knows?
 

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That sounds about right!! as purple said and I as mentioned earlier you need different springs but not sure which of the 4 is correct. Additionally not sure if there is anything on this old post I was looking at but there is some useful info here

 

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Apologies for my late update and in answer to your question I am not sure either if they will slide over the bottom eye. Going to have another look but I have found somewhere that sells the dust covers so you would think it would be possible. However it does mean disturbing the bottom bushes!!

I did manage to take some measurements which are approximate so please bear that in mind

Shocker Top Outer Casing diameter 65mm

Shocker Top Outer lip where cover is seated on diameter 35mm

Shocker Bottom lip where cover is seated on diameter 24mm

Dust Boot overall Length = 170mm

It might a case of just buying the boots. Splitting them and then gluing them in place not ideal but it might be the only way. If the gentleman who has some sat in his garden could tell us if they slide off or not would be really helpful or maybe someone else knows!!!
 

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I suppose the first question for today is: Has anyone on here or at Ford ever replaced these dust boot covers? The second is: Are the dust covers fitted during the factory assembly process only? and don't slide over the bottom eye?

I climbed under the car again today to measure the bottom eye the width is about 32mm and the height is about 50mm. So will the boot stretch over it without ripping? Maybe using some sort of cone tool might help?
Anyways all thoughts and advice welcome
 

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Are the front and rear dust boot covers the same size/type ??? my front ones seem to be plastic and bigger ? where as rear ones are definitely rubber?

TOPRAN 302 210 Protective Cap / Bellow, shock absorber Front Axle Left, Front Axle Right, Rear Axle both sides
Article number:302 210
  • Fitting Position: Rear Axle both sides, Front Axle Left, Front Axle Right
  • Quantity per axle: 2
  • TOPRAN: Protective Cap / Bellow, shock absorber
  • Item number: 302 210
If you are around Purple_2_LX maybe you could please help and let me know as I don't want to order the wrong items!!
 

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Thing is those shocks were only fitted to Ghia Xs, so not many on here will have seen gaitors on their rear shocks. So.not a lot of experience of such things... you are literally trail blazing here!
Do you have a link to those Topran ones?
Thanks for that lol!!! I have been called a lot worse!!! Looks like I will have be making some from something eles

Here is the link for the part If it doesn't open its on autodoc.co.uk
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Just a quick update to say that I have ordered some universal dust boot covers (motorbike ones lol!!) so when they arrive I will have a go at fitting them and post my progress then.

In the mean time I am debating whether to cut the new boot along the seam and re-glue around the ram and fit with cable ties as one side the old boot is pretty much gone whereas the other may just glue onto the one that is left.

Trouble is which glue to use? I was thinking about a neoprene glue to start to seal the seam and then maybe go over it with either tiger seal or perhaps a rubber joint gasket compound the type they use for sumps and rocker cover gaskets. I know I could start with superglue but I worry that is might be too inflexible!!
 

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Use the flexible superglue to tack weld it, not sure what flexible rubber glue is best,i've used tyre vulcanizer glue on little splits.
Best Glue for Rubber - Choosing the Right Rubber Adhesive (resin-expert.com)
Thanks for the link a very interesting read. Fleible rubber glue is pretty similar to tyre vulcaniser but perhaps not as strong. I will do a couple of test trials on something first and see how it goes. It would be great to overlap the boot but I think that would make it more oval and not flex properly.
 

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Have you seen those youtube video demonstrations of superglue mixed with bicarb or even better, with graphite. Seems to make a pretty damn strong bond.
Yes I have, thanks for the reminder. I did try superglue and bicarb once and noticed that it speeds up the curing processbut doesn't seem much stronger. I haven't tried graphic yet but I may do a test with that too!!! BTW hows it going with the fuel pump transplant did you get it sorted?
 

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Long story!.... I'll try to shorten it. I was getting running probs due to a tired pump. Managed to get a refurbed pump £100, fitted it and was getting gr8 fuel pressure, but was emptying the fuel filter, and was not drawing enough on the low pressure side to fill it. . I worked on it through Nov, Dec and Jan 2020-21 in freezing cold getting nowhere, so decided to put old pump back, caught a cold, wasn't thinking clearly and screwed up causing timing chain sprocket to slip. This meant having to remove timing chain cover, retiming engine, etc.... I lost my mojo as was right out of comfort zone by now. Fast fwd to October 2022, I needed to move Mondy out of carport in order to work on my daughter's car. So by now got a bit of confidence restored, so managed to put it together (with old pump) and got it running. Still haven't put aux belt and alternator on. I've since read from someone on the Jag X-Type forum, that some fuel filters come with the water tap on the bottom not fully screwed tight and THIS was the cause of my new pump not having enough 'suck' to draw fuel from the tank. (as I had fitted a new filter at the same time as pump change) will still need to refit the new pump to test this theory, but am awaiting warmer weather now! Thanks for asking, btw!
Thanks for the info good to hear that you got your mojo back and things are progressing and you got it running again and hope all goes well with the new pump test.
 
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