Shock Boot Mod

Old 03-19-2011, 02:37 PM
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Some of you may have read about my problems with shocks, so over the last 8 months i have been doing lots of fun expierements.
Some of you may have noticed that shock boots sometimes can gather clay,dust,dirt,grime, on the inside of the boot causing more problems then they are meant to do, well 5 months in and this mod has been awesome so i thought i would share it with you.

Dont do it if you dont want to,

Cut the boot in half.
Push half the boot inside-out.
Use a rubber washer that will put slight pressure on piston shaft
Put washer up shaft.
slide modded boot over washer and into place

And there you have it.
Attached Thumbnails Shock Boot Mod-1.jpg   Shock Boot Mod-2.jpg   Shock Boot Mod-3.jpg   Shock Boot Mod-4.jpg   Shock Boot Mod-5.jpg  

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Interresting mod and good job. I haven't had any issues with mine though but noticed I'm using a differnt style boot, smooth not accordian style I wonder if that makes a differance. I go through my shocks often and race on a very dusty track and the shafts have always been clean so I never gave the boots a thought.
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I use small black water-balloons and they work great. They are stronger and thicker then the stock losi shock boots; and I get 300 in a pack for under $5 bucks. When I rebuilt my shocks last I did not have any dirt on the shaft after I removed the balloon. Since I have so many, I put fresh ones on every time I do a rebuild.
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I use small black water-balloons and they work great. They are stronger and thicker then the stock losi shock boots; and I get 300 in a pack for under $5 bucks. When I rebuilt my shocks last I did not have any dirt on the shaft after I removed the balloon. Since I have so many, I put fresh ones on every time I do a rebuild.
Interesting, thats cool!
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Originally Posted by Sein View Post
I use small black water-balloons and they work great. They are stronger and thicker then the stock losi shock boots; and I get 300 in a pack for under $5 bucks. When I rebuilt my shocks last I did not have any dirt on the shaft after I removed the balloon. Since I have so many, I put fresh ones on every time I do a rebuild.
Wear do you get the ballons from? And can you get a pic of them and one pic of them on the shock. THANKS
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I would ike to know where u get the black balloons fron as well. I can only find multi color ballon packs
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These work well too. Plus the end of the balloon fits over the end of the shock like a stock boot does.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CFMQ8wIwAw#
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I hope the OP does not mind but since people are asking, here it is.


I use canon water bombs:

http://www.amazon.com/Cannon-Water-B.../dp/B0016C0U92

I take balloons out and then cut them to my desired length:




Because they are water balloons they stretch very well without tearing but the one thing you want to be careful of: is when you cut them too short it will mess up your rebound. It pulls your shock back up (without the spring on). Once the spring is on it's fine.

After I cut them, its a quick easy install. Just take the top part of the balloon and place it in the indention on the bottom of the shock body.



Then stretch the balloon a few times to "loosen it up." Place your spring on and pull the balloon over shock-end and place shock retainer over it. Done deal.


Once again, because they are water balloon they stretch well and also keep out dirt very well. Because there are so many in a pack you don't have to get mad when it's time to change them. I hope this helps


One thing I wanted to mention too, was that you don't want the balloons to be too tight because the rocks and small pieces of dirt will make holes. I also have DE racing mud guards to help keep everything free of debris back there.

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Originally Posted by Sein View Post
I hope the OP does not mind but since people are asking, here it is.
Heck no, im all about using the internet to get cool info out there to fellow racers!

How do you connect the bottom ballon to the bottom shock? or does it just sit there?
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JACKPOT!!!!

Just about every color you can think of.

http://www.balloonsfast.com/260Qmodeling.html
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Originally Posted by DiZzYNaTiOn View Post
Heck no, im all about using the internet to get cool info out there to fellow racers!

How do you connect the bottom ballon to the bottom shock? or does it just sit there?
All you do is pull the spring up, slide the spring retainer on the shock rod, and pull the balloon down over shock end. Lock the spring retainer in place on the shock end. The same piece that holds the spring in place will keep the balloon in place too. I hope that makes sense. I not ill take pics.
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the boots i had on my rc8t were smooth and fit on the shaft, not the cap. had them a year and never had to replace or clean underneath.
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