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Old 06-15-2020, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for the video, Lamby. I gave it your first thumbs up.

I think we have the same Gerber multi-tool!

A couple of tips:

1. Get someone to hold the camera for you.

2. Put a written description of the steps, parts and tools needed on YouTube. I think you skipped over a few in the video like how and when you removed the cling film; the proper way to trim the boot and how much you took off both ends. One section on each end?

Looks like you're using this Bailcast CVS18 CV Boot Kit:

https://www.ebay.com/p/248714547

I couldn't find it on Amazon US, but it is available for (more expensive than the part) shipment on eBay above.
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Old 06-15-2020, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by haigha View Post
Thanks for the video, Lamby. I gave it your first thumbs up.

I think we have the same Gerber multi-tool!

A couple of tips:

1. Get someone to hold the camera for you.

2. Put a written description of the steps, parts and tools needed on YouTube. I think you skipped over a few in the video like how and when you removed the cling film; the proper way to trim the boot and how much you took off both ends. One section on each end?

Looks like you're using this Bailcast CVS18 CV Boot Kit:

https://www.ebay.com/p/248714547

I couldn't find it on Amazon US, but it is available for (more expensive than the part) shipment on eBay above.
Cheers Haigha, that's good feedback and I will do. I think if I was to do more I would invest in a gorilla grip or a tripod and maybe think about each step, what I am doing and saying etc. but I did it on the fly and filmed it then got home and watched it and thought... Sweet Jesus I waffle on. Anyways yes, the BailCast CVS18 is the ones I recommend. The others I have used are the Q-drive ones and you can get some from Italy called Red Hippo I think. Q-drive ones last about a year and are thinner rubber. Just looked on Amazon US and sadly can't see a similar product which could be why they are not commonplace in the US? Every auto parts store sells them over in the UK.

They work for me and save me time so I am happy. If I needed to get the hub off anyway, I would get a standard CV boot but I am not sure they last any longer.
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Old 06-16-2020, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for sharing your experience with those various CV boots. I replaced my first one last September, after almost 16 years with my 04 4.4i. It had about 41k miles on it at that point.

I noticed Amazon UK sells the Bailcast ones, but they won't ship it to the US for some reason.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/CVS18-Unive.../dp/B0080DLLIY

I may try your method when I need to change the other side. I used GKN Loebro 31607507402 last time. It's one of the quality ones people have suggested in this thread. The documented "30 minute method" took about an hour and a quarter with two people (the other one a seasoned mechanic).

https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...em-31607507402
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