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The clear sliding joint boot on the DS of my '68 1600-2 is destroyed beyond recognition, and the new clear boots are out of my budget at the moment.  Does anyone know what year/make/model replacement black rubber CV boots can be used?  Do the ones from a later model 2002 fit?

 

Also, once replaced with a regular CV boot do I just pack it with grease or do I need to use the gear oil if I go this route?


Thanks!

 

Alan

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Take the whole axle shaft and boot to your local parts store and ask to look at the CV boots they have in stock. Find one that's closest to original and try it , most CV boots come with new grease or you can buy a tube for like $10. Worst case scenario you waste $50 and some time putting it on.

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They’re still available and reasonably priced (32 Euros). Don’t use grease use oil.

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Thanks for the responses.

 

Although I can take it down to the store and “see what fits”, I was thinking this has been done before and the information might be easily available.  My local parts stores aren’t the most helpful or well stocked, so it’d be easier to simply ask for one for a specific model.

 

Unfortunately the clear boot is NLA from BMW dealer, and the ones available are considerably more expensive than the prices you’re quoting, thus the desire to find a more cost effective alternative.

 

I’ve got a concurrent WTB thread going to potentially swap in an evenly spaced 6 bolt CV since mine are drilled for it, but was hoping to just reuse what’s there without buying the more costly clear boot.

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From what I have heard, BMW changed clear to black because the clear ones for the early 1600’s would break more frequently.... and of course - Tom Jones explains it at the comment below! Merci!

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Unless you find one of the non rubber boots at an auto parts store that happens to fit your 50 year old axle perfectly, or you convert to regular CV joint axles, you really have no alternative but to use the clear boots. Those original early sliding joints use oil rather than grease. Rubber CV boots are designed for grease rather than oil. I’ve sean many failed joints because people used grease and rubber boots rather than clear boots and gear oil.

 

I don’t have access to check current availability, but the last time I checked, BMW had replenished their stock of the clear boots, and at a reasonable cost considering it’s a part for a 50 plus year old car that they don’t make batches in the millions of.

 

 

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If yoy have evenly spaced holes, cv joints bolt right in. Those clear ones are a pig to install. I swapped mine. 

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