Having a lift that changes the angle of the CV
joints, puts added stress onto the CV boot
clamps, and they will eventually stretch and
grease will seep out between the boot and the
other components which it is clamped around,
ie: shafts and ends...
So, to fix this, you have three options, one is to
pull the axle out and take the joints apart and
replace the clamps with the same closed factory
style clamps... OR, get an aftermarket open end
CV clamp and the special service tool to install it,
OR... Leave the axle in place, Pick up some hose
clamps, cut the factory clamp off and install the
new ones !...
My CV boots' were seeping grease from the boots
due to the OEM bands stretching out from the
increased angle of my CV joints due to the amount
of lift I have dialed in up front on my coil overs...
So, I put my 9mm(3/8") SS hose clamp on the boots
and cleaned up the area using brake clean and paper
towels, and it is holding good, nice and dry...
I tried the 9mm x 110mm-130mm clamp, but it
did not have enough threads, so I went to the
9mm x 80mm-100mm clamp, and it was a tight
fit, it worked mind you, but had no excess after
it was installed to be able to bend over the end
a tad so it can come loose... I did however find
the right one I needed listed at West Marine...
are the clamps I got from my local West
Marine store... The ones located on the right,
NORMA 304 Stainless Steel Hose Clamps...
I was going by the tag on the ones I purchased
that were listed in METRIC, but the web site has
them listed in SAE, So here are the numbers from
Size Hose Clamp for Large Boot end
SAE - 9347493 - 3/8" 304 Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp, 3-1/2" to 4-3/8"...
METRIC - 9347493 - 9mm 304 Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp, 90mm to 110mm...
Size Hose Clamp for Small Boot end
SAE - 9347410 - 3/8" 304 Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp, 1" to 1-5/8"...
METRIC - 9347410 - 9mm 304 Stainless-Steel Hose Clamp, 25mm to 40mm...
These clamps are a perfect fit for the CV boot
groove, and work excellent, not a bad item to
have in the trail/travel box... The edges of this
clamp are curved over a tad, so it can not cut
into the rubber boot, a BIG PLUS !...
To remove the OEM clamps, I unfolded the two
small side tabs, then lifted the clamp tab to
release the presure... I took a clippers and cut
the clamp off, since they are a closed circle...
: Added Images...
Here you can see how the 3/8"/9mm clamps fit
perfectly in the boot slots...
Here are a few more picts'...
There are two types of clamps that were/are on my FJ,
one being the folded tab type(shown above), and the
other is a crimp type shown below...
On the crimped type, I simply cut the tab off to release
the pressure and the clamp comes right off...
* ALWAYS BE CAREFUL not to NICK or CUT the BOOT !...
If you have something different, psot up a picture and
I can try to give you an idea on how to remove it...
An added note, notice the dark black circle on
this image above, well, this is the rub mark when
I had too much angle on my CV's and the boot
rubbed on itself, the adjoining ring, and started
to wear the rubber away...
IF you are lifted with a adjustable coil over, you
want to make sure you are not lifted above the
point where the CV boot rings rub each other
too much... As you can see below, Mine are good
now that I have re-adjusted my lift...
This can be rectified with the joe dapurak' method... Loosen clamp, slide the boot small end about an inch inward towards the other boot, tighten clamp (must use hose clamp mod).
top axle - boot (right side) in stock position.
bottom axle - boot (right side) moved left towards outer boot on left.
No MORE running, and less wear on boot ! ! !