We’re assuming that since you’ve made it to this article, you probably understand what a CV Boot is and its purpose. But just in case, let us explain. The CV boot is the ribbed, rubber flexible covering (or boot) for your CV joint. Your CV joint is basically what allows your drive shaft to transmit power through a fluctuating angle at a constant rotational speed. Sounds pretty important, right? So the purpose of your CV boot is to prevent any water or dirt from getting in and damaging the joint. It also keeps the grease inside from coming out. So although the CV boot may be a small part of the overall machine, it’s a vital component of safe, long-lasting performance.
It’s important to note that the process for changing your inner and outer boot is different, but both require you to remove the CV joint. Before you do anything, though, you’ll first need to gather your materials.
Changing a boot is relatively easy, and with a little practice, you should be able to do it in thirty minutes or so.
And you’re done! Just reinstall your axle and suspension and you’re ready to ride! But WAIT—there’s more.
Yes, you’re installed and ready to ride. But it’s important to keep up with routine maintenance so you’re not having to pull some big bills out of your wallet in a couple of weeks.
The rule of thumb is to check your CV boots for tears before and after every ride. That’s because a torn boot is a small and cheap fix (SuperATV sells them for $25-$30) that can quickly turn into a more expensive fix if left unchecked. A torn boot can let water and dirt into the CV. If you keep riding on it, your CV will break, which could potentially lead to a damaged axle shaft. As soon as you see a tear in a boot, replace it!