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    Default R12 cv joint boot replacement

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    I inspected the drive shafts of my r12 now they are out and one has a tear.
    Any recommendations for cv joint boot replacement in eastern suburbs of Melbourne?

    The cv joints are not noisy yet.

    Ian

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    Generic boots are available from most car parts places. Don't ask for ones for a Renault. Take a boot along as a sample.
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    The last boots I did were purchased through Ebay.
    They were actually for a Clio but fit the 12, well close enough.
    These were the kind that stretch and are pushed over a cone that goes on the end of the driveshaft.
    The Boot plus cone and all fittings (stainless steel bands) and grease were less then $20 delivered.
    But you do have to remove the driveshaft to fit them, or at least the outer end of the driveshaft.

    There are split types that glue together that can be done without removing the driveshaft but I've never tried this type.

    I had my doubts about the longevity of the stretch boots as they appear to be very thin and flimsy compared to the original boots but they've been on a couple of years now and don't have any splits or tears. They're only there to hold the grease in after all any maybe being more flexible might be a good thing. You won't find a stretch boot for a R12 listed anywhere. I've got some of the old style thick boots somewhere but could never get the bastards on without destroying them.
    (I presume you're talking about the outer boots, not the inner boot).

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    The trouble with the old ones is that they are usually old and stiffened up. So they break. Bursons sell generic stuff for ten bucks a corner, probably the ones you use already. Easy to install. Use the opportunity to refresh output seals and o rings

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    I've not had problems putting boots on. The trick is to turn them inside out (not the way suggested in the manuals) , lube them up real good (olive oil, petroleum gel) and use the correct fitting tool. Don't cut the inner rubber band off because it's usually the thing that breaks. If it's really cold immerse the boot in hot water and warm the spire (stretching tool).

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    I just hope they arenít made from rubber sourced from India. My
    Austin 1800 uni joints chopped out within a couple of weeks.


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    I probably have inner and outer boots in stock and the eifell tower tool to perform the task . Make sure you attend to the loss of grease or the ingress of dirt before they start getting noisy . Noise means wear and grease alone does,t close the gap . If you send them to Geelong , I can keep them running . David

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    As it was some time ago I may be mistaken, but I remember bending back 3 or 4 tabs with a large screwdriver to allow one of the CVs outers to be removed, leaving the inner splined spider that was held on with a circlip. Remove the circlip, tap off the spider and fit the boots very easily over the shaft, reassemble flattening the tabs back down that hold the balls in place stopping the CV falling off, and secure the boot over this. Can't be done on 16s, which need the tapered boot tool, but 12s were easy.
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    We might have different driveshafts.

    The bit about the spring clip is as I have done but the boot going over the three pronged carrier required the stretching tool. Occassionally refered to as the Eifel Tower by some here.
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    Hi Exfrogger . Noticed as one of your daily drivers is a R17 Decouvrable . Is this a proper convertible or the large sunroof version made as a production car . Interested because I am keen to track down a convertible that David Cavanagh and I built , some 25 years ago . Regards , David Bertuch

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    It's a factory one. Full story here:

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    Read it all again. Makes an interesting read.

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    Oh dear. Better update that thread...
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    Spoke to a lovely 'elderly' lady from Boonah this morning, she has a canary yellow R12 (1.4) she bought new in 1978. She has kept it in beautiful condition but at the moment it needs a pair of driveshafts. I spoke to Sunroof this morning and he tells me driveshafts for the 12 are currently made of unobtainium...

    The lady concerned would be devastated if she had to take the car off the road because of this - I am appealing to all those who may have a couple of these they are willing to part with. If it happens there are none around then I guess I may have to try the Romanian idea as suggested by Sunroof.

    Cheers for now, looking forward to replies,

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    You'll be struggling to find any decent second hand ones.
    Most are around 40 years old so are close to being knackered.

    I've seen them on Ebay from time to time.
    Not cheap at about EUR150 each but obtainable.
    You've also got the R12 shop who should have them and possibly others.
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    thanks rinty, looks like the R12 shop is the go at 75 euros a pop + freight but I need to get more info from the owner

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