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2011/12/04 16:48:14 (permalink)

changing rack and pinion boots

Has anybody ever had to change their rack and pinion boots on their RZR?  My RZR has less than 200 miles on it
and my passenger side rack and pinion boot is shredded.  It looks like it dry rotted, but I always sprayed it and my cv boots, with a silicone spray meant to protect rubber, when I washed my RZR.  I've got new boots to replace the old ones.  Does anybody know what kind of grease, if any, should I put on the rack and pinion before installing the new boots?
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2011/12/08 13:57:08 (permalink)
    Please move to "Tech Talk"......Thanks
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2011/12/09 12:31:21 (permalink)
    I use empi universal boots & they are the toughest boots ive seen yet..

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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2011/12/09 14:07:46 (permalink)
    09GADE

    I use empi universal boots & they are the toughest boots ive seen yet..

    I already bought new boots.  They are RZR specific boots.
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2011/12/09 14:11:27 (permalink)
    09GADE

    I use empi universal boots & they are the toughest boots ive seen yet..

    where did u find those boots?
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2012/05/03 23:45:52 (permalink)
    Any info about what grease to use and how difficult it is to change them will be helpful.  Thanks
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/19 17:43:07 (permalink)
    Any help would b appreciated guys.  How difficult is it to change out the Rack and Pinion boots?
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/20 09:06:16 (permalink)
    It's not too bad of a job. I would suggest upgrading to the Highlifter heavy duty tie rods while your in there.
    To do the project remove front wheels, Remove tie rod ends from knuckle, cut ties holding boot to rack. Pull boot back towards outer tie rod end, Once the inner rod is exposed you can see where it unthreadcs from the rack, Remove innter from rack. Once out on bench remove tie rod end and slip old boot off and new one on. As to grease I used Lucas hevy duty marine grease but any good marine grease will work.
    On a side note I found a pipe wrench the easiest to remove the inner tie rod. They are standard thread on both sides.
     
    Oh and it may not be the case on yours, but my bushings were all bad so I removed the control arms to replace the bushings and pulled the front axles (still attached to the hubs) so I could put neverseize on the axle splines. Since I had everything off the it was way easier to reach the boots.  
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/20 12:21:04 (permalink)
    02Sleeper

    It's not too bad of a job. I would suggest upgrading to the Highlifter heavy duty tie rods while your in there.
    To do the project remove front wheels, Remove tie rod ends from knuckle, cut ties holding boot to rack. Pull boot back towards outer tie rod end, Once the inner rod is exposed you can see where it unthreadcs from the rack, Remove innter from rack. Once out on bench remove tie rod end and slip old boot off and new one on. As to grease I used Lucas hevy duty marine grease but any good marine grease will work.
    On a side note I found a pipe wrench the easiest to remove the inner tie rod. They are standard thread on both sides.

    Oh and it may not be the case on yours, but my bushings were all bad so I removed the control arms to replace the bushings and pulled the front axles (still attached to the hubs) so I could put neverseize on the axle splines. Since I had everything off the it was way easier to reach the boots.  

    I can't just put the boots on while the rack and pinion is on the RZR?  I don't know if I can afford the heavy duty tie rod ends.  I didn't find them on HL's website.  My RZR has very low mileage, so I'm sure the bushings are still ok.
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/20 23:12:52 (permalink)
    Then yes you can. Just take the outer tie rod off, slip the boot off and put the new one on. It will be tight in there though. I would still use marine grease on everything.

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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/21 22:19:06 (permalink)
    02Sleeper

    Then yes you can. Just take the outer tie rod off, slip the boot off and put the new one on. It will be tight in there though. I would still use marine grease on everything.

    Ok.  yea, I've got some marine grease laying around here somewhere.
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    Re:changing rack and pinion boots 2013/01/21 22:33:50 (permalink)
    I know if I ever have to change the rack on this one I will be drilling and tapping it for a grease zerk. I did it to my Rhino and greasing it is just part of the service. Makes me feel better knowing the internals have something on them besided mud.

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