porschenut HalfDork
3/28/22 3:06 p.m.

My Baja has hose clamps on the big end of both CV boots up front.  PO was a real hack.  Found a system with a winder and pinch pliers with a bunch of clamps from amazon, are these any good?

Brokeback (Matt)
Brokeback (Matt) HalfDork
3/28/22 3:19 p.m.
GameboyRMH MegaDork
3/28/22 3:38 p.m.

^Those will work but the non-perforated stainless cable ties are supposed to be the ideal type for CV joint boots (and steering rack boots) because you can get them tighter without having to reach the next perforation. Hose clamps aren't pretty and having the free end whipping around can be a bit worrying, and I'm sure it isn't ideal for shaft balance, but you sure don't need to worry about any lack of tension, and they're easy to get on and off for trailside fixes. If you can stand the sight of them and they aren't causing a problem or posing a danger to anything nearby, leaving them might not be a bad idea. You can actually get away with regular plastic zip ties for holding CV joint boots if you tension them up generously, although it's not something I would recommend...

tuna55 MegaDork
3/28/22 3:52 p.m.

I found the worm drive clamps to be better than the others, but I didn't have the special tool and definitely didn't care about longevity. It worked fine though, to trim them really short.

Noddaz UberDork
3/28/22 6:21 p.m.

I have one of the winder types of boot band clamp installer.  There is a learning curve.

Tighten a little bit more, a bit more, *ping*!  Install another clamp.

wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L)
wheelsmithy (Joe-with-an-L) PowerDork
3/28/22 6:52 p.m.

I've had good luck with the type you lever on, then lock into place with two small tabs.

obsolete HalfDork
3/28/22 9:24 p.m.
Brokeback (Matt) said:

I've had the best luck with this style (not necessarily these actual brand of clamps though) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QPRVK76/

I've assembled a lot of CV axles and that's my favorite style too. They are called ear clamps or Oetiker clamps, which is the name brand. I haven't used the generic ones, I've been buying TIME PIRATE clamps from Bel Metric because I'm fancy, I guess, and they have a fun name.

porschenut HalfDork
3/30/22 7:16 a.m.

Thanks all, ordered the Oetiker clamps, have had the tool for like 20 years so time to use it again.  

bigeyedfish Reader
3/30/22 4:48 p.m.

This reminds me... I have heavy duty zip ties holding the boots on my driveshafts.  They're doing fine, but I probably ought to get them swapped out.

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