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    I'm told hydraulic steering rams are covered with a plastic boot when new . My second had part has no dust cover. What would YOU devise and with what to dirt and dust seal it before installation? What material would you use?Cover this for me-thing.jpg

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    I've never used it but has been around for a while, good for dipping tool handles etc.


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    Nice idea but the part to seal is where the piston slides in and out of the cylinder..... thinking a plastic bag and cable ties but has to withstand the rigors of hanging under the car and the odd dirt road. Coles bag not tough enough!

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    Motor cycle fork bellows. Buy two use on save the other for later. Get a smaller size bellows and cut to fit with clips (your choice jubilee hose clamps or cable ties of sufficient size).
    New aftermarket bellows can be obtained from any M/Cycle shop -should be no more than 10 to 20 dollars. Hunt around their discard bins. A decent repairer always does both forks (on the Japanese bikes at least) at the same time. Often one is good. You will need a smaller size possibly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by svengali0 View Post
    Motor cycle fork bellows. Buy two use on save the other for later. Get a smaller size bellows and cut to fit with clips (your choice jubilee hose clamps or cable ties of sufficient size).
    New aftermarket bellows can be obtained from any M/Cycle shop -should be no more than 10 to 20 dollars. Hunt around their discard bins. A decent repairer always does both forks (on the Japanese bikes at least) at the same time. Often one is good. You will need a smaller size possibly.
    G'day,
    good idea. They work on bikes, out in the weather and stuff. MCAS or some similar shop, off road shops might be the go, will have just about any size you require.
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    Reuse the cover off your present ram? Or get one of those high quality plastic bags that they give you in chemist shop.
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    For what it's worth, I have two of those rams, neither one has a boot, I think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by svengali0 View Post
    Motor cycle fork bellows. Buy two use on save the other for later. Get a smaller size bellows and cut to fit with clips (your choice jubilee hose clamps or cable ties of sufficient size).
    New aftermarket bellows can be obtained from any M/Cycle shop -should be no more than 10 to 20 dollars. Hunt around their discard bins. A decent repairer always does both forks (on the Japanese bikes at least) at the same time. Often one is good. You will need a smaller size possibly.
    Dang what a good idea. Gold Star Award for creative thinking! I'll let you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhaw View Post
    I'm told hydraulic steering rams are covered with a plastic boot when new . My second had part has no dust cover. What would YOU devise and with what to dirt and dust seal it before installation? What material would you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EvilElmo View Post
    For what it's worth, I have two of those rams, neither one has a boot, I think...
    given the roads I sometime travel in my 80,000KM a year I think a little boot insurance is worth it

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    very nice link... thanks!

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    I really like the yellow ones ! Makes it easy for Cops to find oil leaks!

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    since found that Repco have or can order a range of various sized ram boots including a universal

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    would think steering rack boots would be a similar size. Not sure if they would extend far enough though

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNM View Post
    would think steering rack boots would be a similar size. Not sure if they would extend far enough though
    Is it long enough? That's what I've been wondering. I can't actually remember seeing a 505 with a ram boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chisholm View Post
    Is it long enough? That's what I've been wondering.
    An oft contemplated question by many
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