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Ben Up North 9th July 2018 07:56 PM

CV Boots falling off.
I seem to have a problem, one of my inner front CV boots keeps coming off.

The mechanic has used cable ties to hold it in place. The other one, which doesn't fall off uses a metal band.

Is it normal to use cable ties to hold them on?

The mechanic tells me it is and that he has talked to Network CVs (whoever they are) who states that this is going to happen with a vehicle lifted this much (2 1/2 inches at front).

Does anyone here use cable ties on their lifted subaru?
Does anyone here have a similar problem to mine?

As an example, I tool the car to the mechanic yesterday to see where the oil is coming out (camshaft seal) and they put it back on. We've driven about 25kms in it on flat sealed roads and it's come off again.

I think I need to find a better mechanic.

SquiresSquire 9th July 2018 08:08 PM

Plastic Zip Ties, no, Metal Zip Ties can work. Preferable to use the Metal Band. You can buy them new from Subaru for a few dollars.

ateday 9th July 2018 10:09 PM

Have used plastic cable ties and also metal worm drive hose clamps with success.
Must be done up tightly though. Hose clamps must be used in pairs 180 degrees apart to keep balance. Count worm threads to keep equal stresses.

1WD Foz 9th July 2018 10:26 PM

I don't like the chances of a plastic cable tie holding on properly at high revolutions as the plastic has a tendency to stretch and become loose the faster you go.
The normal metal cv boot attachment would be the preferred option, if not ateday's idea of 2 metal hose clamps done up tightly, with the bulky screw part of the hose clamp set 180 degrees apart from each other to keep it balanced should do the trick.

I think I remember Kevin talking about some people getting a certain more heavy duty 4x4 cv boot and putting that boot over your stock boot ?? or something like that? to increase the life of cv boots on lifted subaru's....... i wonder if this would help your situation also??


Kevin 9th July 2018 11:07 PM

That's correct, "someone" was using Toyota boots as I recall.

"The mechanic tells me it is and that he has talked to Network CVs (whoever they are) who states that this is going to happen with a vehicle lifted this much (2 1/2 inches at front)."

This is BS, mine don't slip off. Metal bands I think (without looking)

duncanm 10th July 2018 03:16 AM

metal bands.. your mechanic is being lazy.

Kevin 10th July 2018 03:42 AM

Here's the Toyota boots post:


Originally Posted by taza (Post 37424)
Found a solution for the ripping CV boots. There was a thread over on AuSubaru.

Davidov on here has his front boots rip after 2 weeks of having a 3" strut lift put in. Ended up going o a CV joint place but instead of getting normal Subaru boots.
He got boots that are designed for a lifted Toyota Hilux. They are thicker and longer than standard boots, especially for a Subaru, thus making them more heavy duty.

Cost about $250 for the two front inner boots and fitted. Now another 2 guys on AuSubaru have gone to the same place and are getting the same boots put on.

I think this type of boot could me more suited to people who have exteme angles on their Subies.


1WD Foz 10th July 2018 04:07 AM

CV Boots falling off.
Thatís exactly the post I meant,
Thanks Kevin.

But it seems itís not a bigger cv boot that you would fit over the oem Subaru cv boot , instead just using the lifted Hilux cv boots as a direct replacement?
I would be interested in this.


scalman 10th July 2018 04:13 AM

I reuse same metal bands that comes with my used axles. They still hold very good. Not those cheap chinese metal bands with screw.

Ben Up North 10th July 2018 05:30 AM

Thanks for the feedback all.

I've read a number of forums where people have been perfectly happy with zip ties, but none of them were regarding lifted Subarus.

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