Demon Speed Rod End Boot
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Demon Speed Rod End Boot

Price: $5.90
  • Item #: DSM-REB
  • Manufacturer: DSM
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These rod end boots slip over the rod end to protect them by sealing out dirt and moisture.

This boot is specially sized to fit the Demon Speed rod ends for the tie rod ends and the upper dog links.  



These tips have been provided by the boot supplier. This is provided as a guide to assist in installati on.

Initial Preparation: The natural elasticity of the boots allows stretchi ng during assembly. Lubrication of the boots is required to perform thi s operation. There are rubber "lubricants" available, but WD40 or dishwashing liq uid are also acceptable. Moderation of the lubricant is critical. Too much creates a mess and makes the parts hard to handle. Start with a sm all amount. Once the boot is installed, be sure to wipe or blow the lubricant off the boot to avoid eventual breakdown of the rubber compound.

Now, for assembly procedures: When looking at a boot, there are three holes: two for the bolt to pass through, and one that the threaded "shank" of the rod end wi ll protrude through after installation.

The rod end should be inserted “shank” first throug h one of the bolt cross-holes, and then the shank should be fed through the bottom hole, so the rod end is in a "diagonal" orientation through the two side holes .

Then, the rest of the "head" of the rod end can be inserted and pulled into the boot. A small, blunt, round dowel can help this process i f used like a tire iron to lever the boot over the body gradually.

The reason for inserting the rod end through the si de hole is because the neck of the rod end boot is less expandable than the side h oles.

If a customer owns a set of "retaining ring pliers" installation can also be greatly assisted. These pliers can be configured so that th ey contract or expand.

Configured in the expanding mode, and with a set of 90 degree external snap ring tips installed (modified by grinding off the sharp “tips” that normally go in the snap ring) the customer can insert these in the side hol e of the boot and expand the hole (and with lubrication, of course) be able to more e asily slip the rod end into the boot in the manner described.

The external type snap ring pliers are available at most auto parts stores (a common brand is "KD Tools"), or as a reference, the current McMaster Carr lists a suitable set with 90 degree tips for (part number 5 449A87).

The cautionary note here is that this is not an exa ct science, and some dexterity and determination is a prerequisite. The upside to the exercise is that once the boots are installed, the benefits are obvious.

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